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    (Original post by jenkinsear)
    I tend to advise people against making open applications. Reason really is you put yourself completely at mercy of being sent to a College/PPH you may absolutely despise. You may not have even been aware of said College/PPH when you applied, assuming they were all broadly the same. They aren't. I had a friend who ended up at Mansfield (which gets the vast majority of its applicants via open applications/people being shifted College) which is a very small College, which they found very difficult to deal with.

    You may of course still find yourself moved, but your odds of ending up somewhere you'd definitely not like are much less if you pick a College you are to all extents and purposes content with. Even if you pick the College because it didn't excite you either way on the open day, it's better than potentially ending up at a Catholic PPH hanging around with monks when you'd rather be anywhere else.
    Hmm I'm still not sure. I've been to St Johns and Brasenose and loved them, but from researching the other colleges I really don't mind. I guess I'll have to look more after exams and see. Thanks for the advice!
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    (Original post by jenkinsear)
    I tend to advise people against making open applications. Reason really is you put yourself completely at mercy of being sent to a College/PPH you may absolutely despise. You may not have even been aware of said College/PPH when you applied, assuming they were all broadly the same. They aren't. I had a friend who ended up at Mansfield (which gets the vast majority of its applicants via open applications/people being shifted College) which is a very small College, which they found very difficult to deal with.

    You may of course still find yourself moved, but your odds of ending up somewhere you'd definitely not like are much less if you pick a College you are to all extents and purposes content with. Even if you pick the College because it didn't excite you either way on the open day, it's better than potentially ending up at a Catholic PPH hanging around with monks when you'd rather be anywhere else.

    Blackfriars, St Stephen’s House and Wycliffe Hall admit only mature students for Theology and in consequence 99% of applicants will not be reallocated to these specialised Permanent Private Halls.

    Regents Park College and St Benet's Hall are smaller than the other colleges and also admit for fewer subjects. Those subjects that are offered, however, are taught in exactly the same way as elsewhere. St Benet's is now mixed (co-ed). Anecdotally, I think both offer very good student experiences and the atmosphere seems relatively informal - if anyone on TSR is a member of either institution, perhaps they could comment further?
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    (Original post by Gerald DGrilla)
    I suspect you'll be going to Oxford.

    I am not sure if you have been before but it is a beautiful place and I am sure you will fall in love with it. However, it is spread over a wide area and some of the colleges are away from the centre, so I would recommend you prioritise what you want to achieve before you go.

    As you want to read Classics you must go to to their presentation and perhaps a taster lecture if there is one (maybe contact them in advance to find out and get the times).

    FWIW when I last went to an open day I thought about the questions I wanted to ask before I went and wrote them down. These ranged from the domestic, to course details and questions about the amount/type of work I would be doing. I came away with all my answers and had a better understanding of college life, the course and of what college to apply for.

    I would also suggest that you have a look through some of the college websites before you go, this will give you a major head start (eg https://www.sjc.ox.ac.uk/).

    I know that a few people here have suggested that they don't really mind where they'll end up, and may even make an 'open application', which is where you make no preference and are allocated a college. However, there are big differences in size, wealth (freebies and support), location, politics (eg The People's Republic of Wadham), people, facilities, where you will live each year (some send you out to shared houses some way away in certain years - others house you in or near college throughout your time there) etc.

    Because of the sometimes huge differences I would say time spent ahead of your trip looking at college websites will be a great start and, if you do like the sound of, say, St John's (central, brilliant facilities and RICH) then you can try to go to the college and speak to staff and students there - they will all be friendly and you will learn so much.

    It'll be a great day, but you will get so much more out of it if you plan in advance.

    Finally, if you've never been, I would recommend you spend 10 or 15 mins having a look at a (Google) map of the colleges, so you can get a feel for where each of them are in relation to important facilities and also get a sense of scale - you'll feel more familiar with the place when you get there!

    Best of luck and maybe I'll see you at the Classics presentation (you can recognise me by my avatar).
    G D'G
    I certainly feel that I will have to look at colleges, probably after exams. I have a few questions which i've asked other university representatives such as whether my A Levels are good enough for Classics as my only useful subjects are Classics and French, and having not done Latin GCSE or A Level will the fact i'm not showing good amount of essay writing ability hinder my chances. An overwhelming amount said they don't care but i'm yet to hear about Oxford's opinion. Also on whether I should begin learning Latin during my A2 year which i'm more than happy to do.

    I'm guessing it's a general Open day and as such seeing as we have put down our desired degrees, the college will put us in for the lecture sessions so I should be there. I'll be on the lookout for any gorillas

    Do you know yet as to where you will be applying? I'm currently thinking 5 of: Bristol, St Andrews, Newcastle, Nottingham, Durham, Oxford/Cambridge. Basically anywhere that will accept me onto Classics (not Classical Civilizations, I REALLY want to do the language full on) without having Latin!
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    (Original post by Gerald DGrilla)
    Oxford's Classics II is what you need (http://www.classics.ox.ac.uk/classics-ii.html), the open day is where you'll get your answers!

    As for me, I really want to go to Oxford, but if that does not work out, then possibly Durham (I am going up there for the open day next month)... possibly UCL or Warwick...

    Exciting but nerve wracking....

    All the best
    Ooooh lucky you! I missed out on the Classics talks for Durham because they're all booked up so i'm going to Newcastle instead on the same day. I really want to go Oxford too especially for the Classics II course as it's the extra intensive year of Latin which makes me want to go there above all.

    UCL won't accept me I don't think, plus it's in London which is expensive :X
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    (Original post by BrasenoseAdm)
    Blackfriars, St Stephen’s House and Wycliffe Hall admit only mature students for Theology and in consequence 99% of applicants will not be reallocated to these specialised Permanent Private Halls.

    Regents Park College and St Benet's Hall are smaller than the other colleges and also admit for fewer subjects. Those subjects that are offered, however, are taught in exactly the same way as elsewhere. St Benet's is now mixed (co-ed). Anecdotally, I think both offer very good student experiences and the atmosphere seems relatively informal - if anyone on TSR is a member of either institution, perhaps they could comment further?
    To add any help that I can, I'm currently an offer holder for Regent's after reallocation, and though at first I was disappointed I now am genuinely happy about the reallocation - the atmosphere of the post offer day was amazing, they're amazing for my subject and they have a tortoise - what more could you want? But seriously, I suggest that everyone takes a look at the less known colleges like regent's - many avoid it because of it being known as a weird PPH, but you never know that you won't like it until you look!

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      Guys does anyone know if you can just pay your college extra to say in your accommodation during like the holidays between terms? I really don't fancy packing up and taking my crap back up to Birmingham, I'd rather just pay?


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      Guys does anyone know if you can just pay your college extra to say in your accommodation during like the holidays between terms? I really don't fancy packing up and taking my crap back up to Birmingham, I'd rather just pay?


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      Colleges usually offer the option of a longer tenancy (37-40 weeks) to students wishing to be resident after term ends. There are also vacation residence rates but these usually mean you will be asked to change room (which involves moving stuff). Some storage is generally available but it is in limited supply, given the number of students and the space taken up with personal belongings. There may also be holiday closure periods at Christmas and Easter for students who do not have tenancies and/or compelling reasons to remain in residence.
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      Wow, this thread is so quiet in comparison to the Cambridge one :lol:
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      Has anyone done the BMAT? How hard it is?
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      On a similar note, has anybody done the HAT? How should I prepare?
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      (Original post by Blue16)
      Yep, Scottish (just finished my Highers last week)! I assume the English exams have started? (that exam season inevitable - I have no idea what's happening in the outside world; including England).

      Good luck with your AS levels! Judging by your GSCE's and predicted grades I'm sure you'll do fine!
      Yep English AS exams started second week of May-ish, and I was lucky enough to finish on the 20th! Just chilling now until we go back to sch on the 8th of June

      Haha thanks, you too!! I'm glad I've found someone else applying for History on this thread, there's been no one so far!! It's weird :O good luck


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      (Original post by thechemistress)
      Wow, this thread is so quiet in comparison to the Cambridge one :lol:
      More so when you strip out the discussions about why the Oxford thread is so much quieter than the Cambridge one!

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      Well if any of you people have questions about the application process (particularly scientists/CompSci applicants) feel free to message me here or via PM or anything. Maybe this year you guys are all just too super informed and confident to talk xD Or too busy revising :'

      Edit: I'm an offer holder btw, not a student just yet :P
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      Anyone doing the LNAT?
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      (Original post by LamantChenille)
      Is anyone else thinking of applying for a choral or organ scholarship this year?
      Heya,
      Well i've thought about that, but not sure what it entitles nor if i can get it even if i don't study music.I am not yet aware of how it works but was thinking about it haha
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      (Original post by antigone-)
      On a similar note, has anybody done the HAT? How should I prepare?
      Our students generally say that they had a go at questions from past papers and asked if their teachers would give some feedback. You can find some past papers here:

      http://www.history.ox.ac.uk/prospect...tude-test.html

      An important feature of the HAT is that it is an Oxford-only test that is set and marked by members of the History Faculty (although not necessarily the Tutors who may end up interviewing you since marking is centrally organised). The marking is moderated to ensure consistency between markers.

      Tip: ask your teachers nicely for feedback!
     
     
     
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