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    (Original post by LMH OXFORD)
    I don't doubt that your English more than satisfies the reading and writing requirements, but it would be incredibly unusual for the English Faculty to admit a student who did not have a formal qualification in the subject (especially as it is compulsory for those who have studied A-Levels). It may be worth you contacting the faculty directly, as your circumstances are quite different to the standard profile of an English applicant.

    I've also double checked the International Qualifications page of the central university admissions webpage for you, (https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/unde...cations?wssl=1) which confirms the following:

    "There are also specific entrance requirements for some courses, particularly in the sciences, so please check the requirements for your course. The qualifications below will only be sufficient alternatives to A-level where they cover the same content as the required A-levels, to the appropriate standard.

    If your qualification is listed as being insufficient to make a competitive application to Oxford, then you will need to undertake further study if you wish to apply."

    This is what makes me say that your current qualifications may not be suitable to make an application for EML, as excellent as they are! The same webpage provides a link to the British Council who should be able to advise you on where you would be able to study for British A-Levels to put you in the right place to make a competitive application; you are clearly very motivated by your studies, so I am sure it would be well within your reach. Oxford do have to reinforce their compulsory admissions requirements quite vigorously, often because the formal qualifications they request are an essential part of assessing a students' ability.

    I hope this helps to clarify my first response - please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any more questions!

    India
    I read through that link out of interest - do you mind me asking why some qualifications are approved and others aren't? Is it because they're not deemed to be as demanding as A Levels, or because the tutors are not yet familiar with them and so can't judge what a good score is?
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    (Original post by LMH OXFORD)
    I don't doubt that your English more than satisfies the reading and writing requirements, but it would be incredibly unusual for the English Faculty to admit a student who did not have a formal qualification in the subject (especially as it is compulsory for those who have studied A-Levels). It may be worth you contacting the faculty directly, as your circumstances are quite different to the standard profile of an English applicant.

    I've also double checked the International Qualifications page of the central university admissions webpage for you, (https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/unde...cations?wssl=1) which confirms the following:

    "There are also specific entrance requirements for some courses, particularly in the sciences, so please check the requirements for your course. The qualifications below will only be sufficient alternatives to A-level where they cover the same content as the required A-levels, to the appropriate standard.

    If your qualification is listed as being insufficient to make a competitive application to Oxford, then you will need to undertake further study if you wish to apply."

    This is what makes me say that your current qualifications may not be suitable to make an application for EML, as excellent as they are! The same webpage provides a link to the British Council who should be able to advise you on where you would be able to study for British A-Levels to put you in the right place to make a competitive application; you are clearly very motivated by your studies, so I am sure it would be well within your reach. Oxford do have to reinforce their compulsory admissions requirements quite vigorously, often because the formal qualifications they request are an essential part of assessing a students' ability.

    I hope this helps to clarify my first response - please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any more questions!

    India
    Thanks a lot for the detailed response! The Romanian Baccalaureate is listed as an accepted qualification. Contacting the Faculty definitely sounds like a good idea, but I just want to ask you this question: if I apply with my present qualifications, get good results in the pre-interview tests and send good written work that demonstrates my abilities, is there a possibility for me to be shortlisted for an interview? And if I perform well in the interviews, could I be made an offer nonetheless? Maybe a conditional one?
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    (Original post by Rhaenys10)
    Thanks a lot for the detailed response! The Romanian Baccalaureate is listed as an accepted qualification. Contacting the Faculty definitely sounds like a good idea, but I just want to ask you this question: if I apply with my present qualifications, get good results in the pre-interview tests and send good written work that demonstrates my abilities, is there a possibility for me to be shortlisted for an interview? And if I perform well in the interviews, could I be made an offer nonetheless? Maybe a conditional one?
    Hi there,

    Yes, your Romanian Baccalaureate is certainly an accepted qualification; my concern is more that it does not include a qualification equivalent to either English or German A-Level, which are essential parts of an application to the EML course, therefore your application would not be successful (regardless of the quality of your written work etc - which should be marked school work relating to the study of your two subjects). If you applied with your present grades, and stated that you would be pursuing further study in English and German to achieve A-Level or equivalent qualifications by the summer, then you would be on track to make a competitive application resulting in a conditional offer. If you were to apply with no further qualifications to sit, then the university would not be able to offer you a conditional place (as there would be no conditions to fulfill!)

    Many apologies if this is disappointing for you - your academic achievements are excellent, and if you were applying for one of the subjects you have official qualifications in (so Maths, or Biology) then you would be well placed to make an application. As I have said, the university has to enforce compulsory subject requirements strictly as part of a very competitive admissions process.

    India
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    (Original post by such_a_lady)
    I read through that link out of interest - do you mind me asking why some qualifications are approved and others aren't? Is it because they're not deemed to be as demanding as A Levels, or because the tutors are not yet familiar with them and so can't judge what a good score is?
    Hi there,
    We welcome questions of all sorts - but I think this one is better directed at central university admissions. As a college, these are the rules by which we are bound and we can only reinforce them, not change or create them. It's a bit of a challenge to work out how to standardise qualifications across the world, and requires a great deal of specialist knowledge!

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    More out of interest than due to wanting to apply, would having had an examination in English in for example the German Abitur be sufficient? Or are international qualifications difficult for English in general?
    I contemplated applying for English and History but decided against it because I wanted to do PPE but it surprises me that I might not have been eligible anyway.
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    (Original post by scblx)
    More out of interest than due to wanting to apply, would having had an examination in English in for example the German Abitur be sufficient? Or are international qualifications difficult for English in general?
    I contemplated applying for English and History but decided against it because I wanted to do PPE but it surprises me that I might not have been eligible anyway.
    Hi there,

    Yes, English in the Abitur would I believe be eligible, providing your individual score was between 13 and 15 marks. (Again, I am using the International Qualifications guide here.) Although international students with qualifications from their home countries are in a minority across the English degree course, different qualifications are not a barrier to applying, providing said qualifications include any compulsory subjects to an appropriate standard. (Again, this isn't LMH's rule - it's a university-wide one!)

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    Hi,
    A question I can't find the answer to on your website...

    At Oxford, to what extent is it possible to choose to study modules outside of your degree subject?

    E.g. Say you're doing a Law (Jurisprudence) degree but you wanted to do one or two modules in Politics or History

    Thanks
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    (Original post by MJ6987)
    Hi,
    A question I can't find the answer to on your website...

    At Oxford, to what extent is it possible to choose to study modules outside of your degree subject?

    E.g. Say you're doing a Law (Jurisprudence) degree but you wanted to do one or two modules in Politics or History

    Thanks
    Hi there,

    Oxford doesn't really offer this opportunity to "borrow" papers from other subjects, as is often offered by other universities. Some subjects are available as part of a joint school course, meaning you study two subjects at the same time, but Law is only available in tandem with European Law. This is because the university has always wanted to ensure the academic training you receive in your subject is suitably thorough; prior to your first set of exams (these are called Moderations for Law) you study a set core curriculum, and finals options often have strict guidelines which would not be compatible with sitting a paper in, for example, History. That said, the great thing about an Oxford education is that you are encouraged to consider your subject in context and depth, and this will often mean the study of Law can include History, Politics, Economics, Philosophy and probably hundreds more subject areas!

    It is a very personal choice working out which university course is best suited to you, so if you are interested in Law at Oxford and elsewhere then it is definitely worth comparing different courses to see if other universities would allow this extra flexibility.

    Hope this helps,
    India
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    (Original post by LMH OXFORD)
    Hi there,

    Oxford release admissions test results to everyone, regardless of outcome (they go to your school/sixth form college), but this happens after offers have been given out. To help you interpret your own mark, they do also release the average.

    I'm not going to post a full run down of all my grades (which are quite old now!) because I think there is a danger of people on forums like this one collecting other people's academic profiles up as examples of what they "should" have achieved to apply to Oxford - both myself and Marrium, our outreach officer, have been through the admissions process within the last 5-6 years, but in this context we are here to help people in a professional context :-) As a general overview, I have 4 full A-Levels, all in arts/hums subjects.

    For subjects such as Medicine, A*s in specific subjects (Maths/Science) may be considered more closely, but for Arts degrees tutors generally take a broader view of your overall GCSE record. I know of a couple of people who have been interviewed for subjects for which they received a B at GCSE - anecdotes should never be taken as gospel, but it does demonstrate that GCSE grades are only considered part of a whole when applying to Oxford.

    Don't hesitate to ask if you have anything else to ask!India
    Is the average released only to people who've sat the tests? Also is this the average score by everyone who sat the ELAT or is it the average score of successful applicants?

    If anyone is able to find out these averages, even if they didn't sit the test, could you let me know where I could find out the average Elat score of successful applicants (for 2015).

    Thanks!
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    (Original post by OriginalLifelin)
    Is the average released only to people who've sat the tests? Also is this the average score by everyone who sat the ELAT or is it the average score of successful applicants?

    If anyone is able to find out these averages, even if they didn't sit the test, could you let me know where I could find out the average Elat score of successful applicants (for 2015).

    Thanks!
    Hi there,

    The average score is only available online to test centres (schools, usually) and candidates for 60 days after they are released in January. This isn't the kind of information which is routinely stored or released to the public, mainly because the averages for each year vary hugely and are unlikely to be of use to future candidates. The ELAT's scores are grouped into bands rather than there being a cut-off point for candidates to be interviewed. Even so, your score will be considered in context with the rest of your application; a good ELAT score could be cancelled out by a weak personal statement and written work, just as a weaker one could be boosted by strong performance across other areas of the application.

    You can read more about how the test is scored here:
    http://www.admissionstestingservice....g-and-results/

    As a past ELAT-taker myself, I can confirm that it won't help you if you try to think about it in terms of things like scores (especially since nobody sitting the test really knows how it's marked). Have a look at the example papers on the ELAT website to familiarise yourself with the format and have a go at picking out three excerpts which interest you and which you can link coherently. Also practice planning and writing in the 90 minutes given, but don't drill the practices too hard! It is a test designed to test potential (which you can't revise in any way) ahead of everything else

    Keep your questions coming!

    India

    (Edited to add: the average released is of everyone who's taken the test)
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    Dear LMH, an unrelated question!
    Are your lovely new buildings and entrance quad finished yet? And do you have any pictures of what it looks like now?
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    (Original post by personage)
    Dear LMH, an unrelated question!
    Are your lovely new buildings and entrance quad finished yet? And do you have any pictures of what it looks like now?
    Hi there,

    100% not an unrelated question! Our new buildings are still in the final stages so are not quite finished, but we are going to be welcoming students into the new graduate centre in the coming weeks, followed by our lovely porters moving to their new lodge and the whole quad being given its finishing touches. Here are some sneak peaks from our alumni Facebook page which give an idea of what it's going to be like - otherwise, follow our social media pages (we're @lmhoxford most places!) and watch this space. We're as excited as you are!

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    (Original post by LMH OXFORD)
    Hi there,

    100% not an unrelated question! Our new buildings are still in the final stages so are not quite finished, but we are going to be welcoming students into the new graduate centre in the coming weeks, followed by our lovely porters moving to their new lodge and the whole quad being given its finishing touches. Here are some sneak peaks from our alumni Facebook page which give an idea of what it's going to be like - otherwise, follow our social media pages (we're @lmhoxford most places!) and watch this space. We're as excited as you are!

    India
    Thank you India! Sounds like it's nearly there! Will the quad be a trad quad with lawn, or trees? I know your gardens are so beautiful
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    (Original post by personage)
    Thank you India! Sounds like it's nearly there! Will the quad be a trad quad with lawn, or trees? I know your gardens are so beautiful
    I think the best way to describe it is a mix of old and new! Here's a bit of an 'artist's impression'. It will definitely be a more welcoming entrance for the college, and will fit right in with our already very beautiful grounds (glad you think they are too!).
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    (Original post by LMH OXFORD)
    I think the best way to describe it is a mix of old and new! Here's a bit of an 'artist's impression'. It will definitely be a more welcoming entrance for the college, and will fit right in with our already very beautiful grounds (glad you think they are too!).
    India
    Approximately when will candidates be told if they've been shortlisted for an interview?
    Thanks

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    (Original post by ElGenioEstúpido)
    Approximately when will candidates be told if they've been shortlisted for an interview?
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    Hi there,

    Applicants to any college in Oxford will be told whether they have been shortlisted or not during late November. Each subject has a set interview period in December; make sure you check out your subject's on the university so you are prepared as sometimes interview notices can be as little as a week in advance (although we aim to let people know ASAP, this can be challenging given how many applications we receive and how much attention admissions tutors need to give each one).

    Best of luck if you are applying this year!India
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    How many biologist and biomedics are admitted each year?
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    (Original post by BULL14)
    How many biologist and biomedics are admitted each year?
    Hello,

    LMH is a large college for Biology, admitting around 7 students per year. We have, however, phased out Biomedicine provision, so only Biology is offered here now. You can read more about the Biology community at LMH here.

    Hope this helps,

    India
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    (Original post by LMH OXFORD)
    Hi there,

    Applicants to any college in Oxford will be told whether they have been shortlisted or not during late November. Each subject has a set interview period in December; make sure you check out your subject's on the university so you are prepared as sometimes interview notices can be as little as a week in advance (although we aim to let people know ASAP, this can be challenging given how many applications we receive and how much attention admissions tutors need to give each one).

    Best of luck if you are applying this year!India
    Hiya,

    I'll be applying for E&M so 7-9 December hopefully . What does having a second interview mean for an applicant if it's with a different college?

    Thanks!

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    (Original post by ElGenioEstúpido)
    Hiya,

    I'll be applying for E&M so 7-9 December hopefully . What does having a second interview mean for an applicant if it's with a different college?

    Thanks!

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    Second interviews can mean a lot of different things and are best not read into too much (which is often what applicants end up doing - or being peer pressured into doing!). Different colleges/subjects have various ways of organising their interview process, and moving students to different colleges is just a necessary part of ensuring the best students all get a place!

    Things second interviews don't mean:
    - Your first choice college doesn't like you
    - You were "good but not good enough" at your first college - you are either good enough to earn a place or not, we don't have colleges which are "better" or offer a better education than others!
    - You're more likely to get in than those who don't receive second interviews (it doesn't always work that way...)

    Some subjects, like Medicine, have interviews in two colleges as standard.

    When I've worked for admissions at LMH, I always told interviewees to view any second interviews as an extra opportunity to talk to interesting people about things you love. Trying to attach any additional meaning to them is a difficult thing to do, since you can't possibly know what's going on within the admissions system as an interviewee!

    And if you were to end up in a college other than your first choice, then you will love that college just as much as if it was where you applied - I didn't apply to LMH, and I think I ended up loving it even more than I would've done my original choice

    India
 
 
 
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