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    (Original post by nexttime)
    I get the impression that you get lots of consideration if you school is genuinely bad, with a very low A*-C rate, or if you're from a very deprived area. Just being the best in your school does not necessarily mean you get any special consideration though.

    It does make a difference, but the bottom line is that very few get in with that proportion or number of A*. You're gambling on being in a tiny sliver of the bar chart below.



    Not that many in recent years:





    For medicine you've only got 4 options and with >60 percent of applicants getting no offers at all, I'd argue considering each choice is absolutely vital.
    Source quote please
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    Source quote please
    Its from - http://www.medsci.ox.ac.uk/study/med...cal/statistics
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    I think it would be more likely for your school to rearrange the dates of the service/play.. i'm guessing you are not the only one that is applying to Oxford and would potentially have interview dates on those days, and at the end of the day your interview is a hell of a lot more important!

    I'm sure the admissions tutor will love you for making him reschedule an interview so you can sing Away in the Manger, but oh well.
    (Original post by lucyx)
    Thank you for your responses. The school commitments are 1. The carol service, in which I am a chorister and, as Head Girl, the only student reader and 2. The school play, in which I am playing a main part. Of course I was not underplaying the importance of an Oxford interview. Rather, I was just questioning whether there was any leniency at all. Too optimistic, I know.

    The deadline is October 15. Approximately when would you find out if you were invited for an interview? Thank you.


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    Usually at least two weeks before the interview - so it can be as late as the end of November.
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    Cheers, PRSOM.

    Where in Oxford is considered the centre? I.e where is the main hub of shops, clubs, coffee shops/cafes or just the most popular place for students in Oxford?
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    (Original post by lucyx)
    Thank you for your responses. The school commitments are 1. The carol service, in which I am a chorister and, as Head Girl, the only student reader and 2. The school play, in which I am playing a main part. Of course I was not underplaying the importance of an Oxford interview. Rather, I was just questioning whether there was any leniency at all. Too optimistic, I know.

    The deadline is October 15. Approximately when would you find out if you were invited for an interview? Thank you.


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    I found out 1st December (interviews were 15th-17th), so around a fortnight before.
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    (Original post by lucyx)
    Thank you for your responses. The school commitments are 1. The carol service, in which I am a chorister and, as Head Girl, the only student reader and 2. The school play, in which I am playing a main part. Of course I was not underplaying the importance of an Oxford interview. Rather, I was just questioning whether there was any leniency at all. Too optimistic, I know.

    The deadline is October 15. Approximately when would you find out if you were invited for an interview? Thank you.


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    The only time I've heard of interviews rejuggling requests being taken into consideration is for music students who are applying to conservatoires (who always schedule their auditions the same time. The two of them always insist the other has to budge. Quite stressful when you're an applicant trying to both :eek: ). I don't think they would be flexible with your commitments, though I really do appreciate how important both of those are to you (being a muso and having stage managed plays, etc) :hugs:

    I only heard about 8 days before my interviews, but that was back in 2006...
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    (Original post by Eux)
    Cheers, PRSOM.

    Where in Oxford is considered the centre? I.e where is the main hub of shops, clubs, coffee shops/cafes or just the most popular place for students in Oxford?
    Carfax is considered the city centre (the junction where High Street meets Cornmarket and St Aldate's). The main shops (depending on where you like to shop) are on Cornmarket, High Street and... I think it's called Queens Street/Road? Wherever the Westgate shopping centre is anyway
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    Am I seriously the only one representing the History (Ancient and Modern) course? I'm somewhat relieved bc low competitiveness, but...well, I doubt I'll get in anyway but this is interesting.

    I had extenuating circumstances and my GCSEs were awful - I'm waaaaaaay below Oxford standard.
    So this should be interesting to see if I get in! :')
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    (Original post by aprocrastinator)
    English and history but they may go up!
    Biggies.
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    (Original post by imsomeone)
    Thank you very much that is a relief. But I am not going to follow with the British curriculum and I am going to change school to do the Spanish one to the `Bachillerato de Excelencia´ as I think I will stand a better chance as they do extra math and physics courses, an obligatory project to help the grade and investigate whatever you want, they have awesome teachers and they give all sorts of conferences so I think it is a nice opportunity to fill my PS of physics and math related stuff...the only thing is I dont get the chance to do FM.. But im self studying math As.
    By the way awesome results you´ve got there. What subjects are you doing? Dropping any? How´s the PAT going, I tried some math questions at the beginning of the year and didnt seem extraordinarily hard...
    Good luck with everything
    I have done AS-level physics, maths (teaching myself), media, music technology, and geography. I'm planning to drop geography (and probably music technology), and do all of further maths in a year.

    I'm definitely making progress with the PAT. It's nice to be forced to think rather than regurgitate facts, as in A-levels.
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    (Original post by The_Lonely_Goatherd)
    I'm not but I'm (college) married to one of the Director's of Chapel Music :love: Good luck - wishing you all the best
    Aha, thank you
    I need all of the help I can get..
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    (Original post by LamantChenille)
    Aha, thank you
    I need all of the help I can get..
    Which one (choral v organ) are you applying for and what's your first choice Oxford college? Do you know which other colleges you'll be auditioning at?
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    Which one (choral v organ) are you applying for and what's your first choice Oxford college? Do you know which other colleges you'll be auditioning at?

    Choral (soprano) and my first choice is Queens but I'm also applying for Worcester and Somerville. They are the only ones hat I can apply to..!
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    (Original post by LamantChenille)
    Which one (choral v organ) are you applying for and what's your first choice Oxford college? Do you know which other colleges you'll be auditioning at?

    Choral (soprano) and my first choice is Queens but I'm also applying for Worcester and Somerville. They are the only ones hat I can apply to..!
    Queens and Woosta are great mixed choirs! My college husband is TA, Director of Chapel Music at Woosta. He may come across stern because it's an audition but he is honestly the loveliest man you could ever meet. Nothing to worry about on that front As for OR at Queens, he comes across a bit weird and socially awkward but he's very sweet and nice
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    (Original post by The_Lonely_Goatherd)
    Queens and Woosta are great mixed choirs! My college husband is TA, Director of Chapel Music at Woosta. He may come across stern because it's an audition but he is honestly the loveliest man you could ever meet. Nothing to worry about on that front As for OR at Queens, he comes across a bit weird and socially awkward but he's very sweet and nice
    Oh top tip for your Woosta audition, if you have one: if RS (music tutor at Woosta) puts his face in his hands whilst you're singing, that is a GOOD sign. Also if he takes sudden sharp/deep intakes of breath with his eyes closed, that is again a good sign. He has the weirdest mannerisms of anyone I've ever met
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    (Original post by The_Lonely_Goatherd)
    Queens and Woosta are great mixed choirs! My college husband is TA, Director of Chapel Music at Woosta. He may come across stern because it's an audition but he is honestly the loveliest man you could ever meet. Nothing to worry about on that front As for OR at Queens, he comes across a bit weird and socially awkward but he's very sweet and nice
    I'm almost tempted to put Worcester down as my first choice choir-it seems marginally less competitive than Queens, and I love them both! I met OR at an open day in July, and he was really helpful, but I can see what you mean! I'm planning to visit Worcester in September, so maybe I shall have the pleasure of meeting TA then :P
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    (Original post by The_Lonely_Goatherd)
    Oh top tip for your Woosta audition, if you have one: if RS (music tutor at Woosta) puts his face in his hands whilst you're singing, that is a GOOD sign. Also if he takes sudden sharp/deep intakes of breath with his eyes closed, that is again a good sign. He has the weirdest mannerisms of anyone I've ever met
    Aha, I don't quite know what to make of that..
    But I'll note it anyway
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    (Original post by LamantChenille)
    I'm almost tempted to put Worcester down as my first choice choir-it seems marginally less competitive than Queens, and I love them both! I met OR at an open day in July, and he was really helpful, but I can see what you mean! I'm planning to visit Worcester in September, so maybe I shall have the pleasure of meeting TA then :P
    Woosta is awesome - if you have any questions, do just drop me a PM TA is awesome. The stuff of legends. He's such a sweetie. I'm honoured to be his college wife :love:

    (Original post by LamantChenille)
    Aha, I don't quite know what to make of that..
    But I'll note it anyway
    Hahahaha, I always warn Woosta musos because suddenly a minute into your piece he's basically facepalming and you're like OMG AM I ****/HAVE I MORTALLY OFFENDED YOU, whereas it's just his way of enjoying the piece.

    Also, worth mentioning the chaplain at Woosta is the best thing since sliced bread. He's basically my second father JA is lovely, but also has slightly unfortunate facial expressions, so don't pay attention to his facial expression too much if they seem a bit negative
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    I think I'd like to apply to study English Lang and Lit at Oxford, having liked it a lot at the open day and after getting 4 A's in my AS. I thought that I had totally screwed them up, and as such have done little to no research into how to make a competitive oxford english application, or indeed, whether I will be able to.
    So I go to a kinda good state school
    AS levels in English, History, Latin (and Fine Art which I'm dropping)
    I'm gonna start an EPQ this year hopefully. Other than that I have very very little extracurricular to talk about. I've started to try and read widely.. Is that enough?
    8A* 5A's at GCSE If that matters.

    a) Should i give it a go? At which point do I lower my expectations?

    b) if so, what should I start doing now, I've got very little if my personal statement written, I dunno if I should be prepping for anything else? Grateful for any advice!
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    (Original post by The_Lonely_Goatherd)
    Carfax is considered the city centre (the junction where High Street meets Cornmarket and St Aldate's). The main shops (depending on where you like to shop) are on Cornmarket, High Street and... I think it's called Queens Street/Road? Wherever the Westgate shopping centre is anyway
    Right, cheers. Would you say that Worcester is conveniently located as I keep getting mixed views as to how central/easy access to shops/clubs/bars/cafes it is, and looking at a map it looks a bit out of the centre- is this particularly noticeable when you are there, and do most people at Worcester have a bike? The main problem i see with Worcester at the moment is how far away it is from the Iffley Road sports complex, but all the colleges I'm shortlisting aren't as close as I'd like it to be anyway. thoughts?
 
 
 
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