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    gcse grades: 9 a*s
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    course: med
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    (Original post by powelsmartin)
    Oriel

    Oxford doesn't really care about personal statements - I wrote mine the night before the deadline (due to some confusion at my school) and it didn't reflect on the outcome at all. I can send you a copy of it though if you like, although it is pretty crap and targeted more towards my other choices which actually read personal statements.

    The interview was basically an interesting conversation that you can't really prepare for, they'll always find a topic you're not too familiar with to ask you about in order to see how you think.


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    All aspects of the UCAS application are taken into account by selectors, including the personal statement. As pointed out, the statement will also be read by other Universities applied to. The PS should explain why you wish to spend 3-4 years studying a particular subject at degree level and also provide some indication of your interest in the subject beyond answering exam questions (super-curricular activity can take many different forms: eg a project you have completed, a lab or museum visit you found interesting &c). You have plenty of time to think about it - I would advise against leaving it to the last minute.
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    (Original post by BrasenoseAdm)
    All aspects of the UCAS application are taken into account by selectors, including the personal statement. As pointed out, the statement will also be read by other Universities applied to. The PS should explain why you wish to spend 3-4 years studying a particular subject at degree level and also provide some indication of your interest in the subject beyond answering exam questions (super-curricular activity can take many different forms: eg a project you have completed, a lab or museum visit you found interesting &c). You have plenty of time to think about it - I would advise against leaving it to the last minute.
    Yeah I understand that - my school told me the deadline for Oxbridge too was in January, so due to this confusion I (luckily) found out that the deadline was actually October 15th on October 13th so the personal statement turned out to be really rushed and poor in quality. Plus, I applied to other courses elsewhere and I didn't even mention PPE or politics in it (I talked about marketing and the philosophical implications of economic actions) which didn't seem to matter either.I am in no way advising to do the same thing as I did (which I know is bad), it's just not tragic if this does happen.

    All I'm trying to say is that the applicant shouldn't worry too much about the personal statement - grades at GCSE and A level, TSA scores and interviews are much more important.

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    (Original post by Gerald DGrilla)
    Hi Swifty,

    Do you have any Latin or Greek? Are any of your 12 GCSEs in Latin or Greek, A or A*?

    Does your school offer A Level in Latin or Greek. If so, why did you not take them.

    Are you super-duper at learning new languages?

    Apart from your ClasCiv A Level, what else have you done, or do you plan to do, to demonstrate your very strong interest in Classics?

    As you will know you can take Classics with no Latin or Greek, but it its hard, and doubly so if you take joint schools.

    Certainly not impossible, but you will need to be cracking!

    Good luck
    Unfortunatley I was stupid enough in Year 9 to stop doing Latin which I wholly regret so I don't have a GCSE in it. Then one of the Latin teachers left so a course couldn't be put on for A Level so I missed out again.

    I realised this is a huge problem so I'm going to a Classics summer school to learn some Latin and read some classical literature and if I am chosen, i'll be doing a Classics related EPQ. Furthermore i'm considering learning Latin over the course of the next year before I start the course as long as the universities i'm applying for say it's a good enough idea or they would just prefer me to start from scratch.

    As for languages, I find I prefer translations and grammar above actual verbal communication which is where I struggle most with French, so hopefully it will stand me in good stead to start learning a language such as Latin. I hated French before the end of year 11 and didn't really know how to string a sentence together. I revised really hard for the GCSE exam and ended up 1 mark off an A* and now i'm looking towards getting an A at AS Level, so I feel i've made a huge improvement in my proficiency through sheer dedication.

    Hopefully I can get accepted onto a Classics course somewhere because i've put everything on the line for this decision when my family wanted me to do maths or physics. I wouldn't want to fail now.
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    GCSE grades: 11 A*s, 2 A's, 1 B
    A-Levels: A A A A A A
    Course: Computer Science
    College: Balliol
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    (Original post by west1806)
    Hii! you're the first person I've come across doing exactly the same A Levels as me - languages for the win lol
    I'm thinking of doing either english lit on its own or English with Spanish/French but I'm so scared I won't get the grades this year
    YAAAY!! Same to you!! Funnily enough I originally wanted to do English and French before I realised I can't hack English Lit -.- but at least my coursework will help with that. I'm really worried too, but WE'LL GET THERE!
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    (Original post by jeevanr21)
    I'm doing these A levels too!! (plus economics) I want to do French & Spanish at uni as well. I'm sure you will get the grades!!
    Ah cool, have you considered a college? I know it's not exactly a priority but it's fun to wonder ^-^ which other unis are you interested in?
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    (Original post by PerlaDeSabiduría)
    Ah cool, have you considered a college? I know it's not exactly a priority but it's fun to wonder ^-^ which other unis are you interested in?
    I have I'm not sure exactly but I'd like to go to Jesus maybe! I think Durham, LSE, Warwick - what about you?
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    (Original post by Gerald DGrilla)
    Thanks guys, all good advice.

    I am going to the 2nd July Open Day, which hopefully will lead to a final choice but I agree, they are all good.

    I did try to research the teaching staff on the internet but it got a bit confusing, one source said 4 tutors, others said 6 - and then the names were different... I looked at the Oxford website, the colleges' own websites and the prospectuses... quite a lot of variance... very odd. Do the tutors/fellows move around a lot?
    Be sure to check out Trinity, it's a beautiful college right in the middle of Oxford - more importantly for Classics, Gail Trimble is a super friendly tutor and really puts you at ease in your interview with her (I believe she always interviews the Literature one, the other interview being Philosophy and Ancient History)!
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    (Original post by buzzfeed23)
    gcse grades: 9 a*s
    AS levels: predicted 4 As probably won't get this though aha
    course: med
    college: ????
    Yay!! another med applicant - I'm thinking maybe Magdalen college
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    Who on here is from private/ public school - I am, just curious, as one is.
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    (Original post by Rjkooljay)
    GCSE grades: 11 A*s, 2 A's, 1 B
    A-Levels: A A A A A A
    Course: Computer Science
    College: Balliol
    Thats crazy! 6 A-levels?? What do you take?

    Anyway hopefully I'll see you there...
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    (Original post by jeevanr21)
    I'm doing these A levels too!! (plus economics) I want to do French & Spanish at uni as well. I'm sure you will get the grades!!
    Oh cool! Great to know it's not just me, hope all your exams are going well!! Do you have any idea what colleges you want to apply to?
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    (Original post by PerlaDeSabiduría)
    YAAAY!! Same to you!! Funnily enough I originally wanted to do English and French before I realised I can't hack English Lit -.- but at least my coursework will help with that. I'm really worried too, but WE'LL GET THERE!
    Yay Oh god I know, english lit is killing me :eek: but the coursework should definitely drag us up
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    (Original post by west1806)
    Oh cool! Great to know it's not just me, hope all your exams are going well!! Do you have any idea what colleges you want to apply to?
    I think they're going well, hope it's the same for you! How did you find the Spanish paper today? (if you do Edexcel) and good luck for C2 tomorrow (if you do OCR Maths).

    I think I want to apply to Jesus, though also possibly Queens
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    (Original post by jeevanr21)
    I have I'm not sure exactly but I'd like to go to Jesus maybe! I think Durham, LSE, Warwick - what about you?
    Haha^-^ I was thinking Magdalen or maybe St.Hilda's, at this point I've only looked at non-academic benefits ^-^. I think King's, UCL, Southampton and Royal Holloway, in that order, so completely different! I've got C2 tomorrow ahhh
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    (Original post by PerlaDeSabiduría)
    Haha^-^ I was thinking Magdalen or maybe St.Hilda's, at this point I've only looked at non-academic benefits ^-^. I think King's, UCL, Southampton and Royal Holloway, in that order, so completely different! I've got C2 tomorrow ahhh
    I went with Jesus because I love the name and plus it seems like a nice college with a good location omg I completely forgot about UCL! Yes that's definitely one of my choices! I have C2 tomorrow too, are you ready?
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    (Original post by jeevanr21)
    I think they're going well, hope it's the same for you! How did you find the Spanish paper today? (if you do Edexcel) and good luck for C2 tomorrow (if you do OCR Maths).

    I think I want to apply to Jesus, though also possibly Queens
    Thanks! We do different boards for everything (I do AQA Spanish and Edexcel maths) haha but looks like the exams are on the same days. Spanish was actually pretty good apart from the essay where I messed up the timing massively... And good luck for C2 too!!

    How did you choose if you don't mind me asking? Was it after visiting or before?


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    (Original post by jeevanr21)
    I went with Jesus because I love the name and plus it seems like a nice college with a good location omg I completely forgot about UCL! Yes that's definitely one of my choices! I have C2 tomorrow too, are you ready?
    I found C2 fantastically dreadful considering that Mechanics is death so I needed c2 to go really well...aha oh well, how about you? I go to an academy/sixth form btw
 
 
 
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