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    (Original post by antigone-)
    Not really just wanted to know people's impressions and experiences. My teacher did Law at Magdalen and strongly recommended it for History, but I do like Oriel too Thanks!
    Just remember that Louis Theroux studied there!

    You written your PS yet? What direction are you going in with it? It's for sure gonna be trickier for joint schools.
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    (Original post by MouseyBrown)
    Just remember that Louis Theroux studied there!

    You written your PS yet? What direction are you going in with it? It's for sure gonna be trickier for joint schools.
    Yes! I'm quite happy with it but it's Politics focused so I need to balance it out a bit :/ you?
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    I'm a second year undergraduate at Oxford at hot AABC at AS
    The problem wasn't so much that they had AAABB at AS but more that the B was in Mathematics, and they're applying for Physics. That's why I said their chances aren't great. I'm guessing that one of your As was in History.
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    (Original post by antigone-)
    Yes! I'm quite happy with it but it's Politics focused so I need to balance it out a bit :/ you?
    I've kind of been planning it all summer but haven't written a word yet. Just starting to get all my notes together.

    Read some good stuff this summer, especially Hobsbawm, and it's all fairly political history, but I'm gonna have to tie it all together nicely somehow. Just need to get down to writing it really, then can get onto the HAT.
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    (Original post by Plagioclase)
    The problem wasn't so much that they had AAABB at AS but more that the B was in Mathematics, and they're applying for Physics. That's why I said their chances aren't great. I'm guessing that one of your As was in History.
    Note to self - read the post. Damn it.
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    (Original post by MouseyBrown)
    I've kind of been planning it all summer but haven't written a word yet. Just starting to get all my notes together.

    Read some good stuff this summer, especially Hobsbawm, and it's all fairly political history, but I'm gonna have to tie it all together nicely somehow. Just need to get down to writing it really, then can get onto the HAT.
    Well you've got about a month so plenty of time really! I did read some Hobsbawn actually but it's not inkeeping with the other topics I mentioned.

    I definitely do need to practice the HAT, luckily I got into a Year 13 Application Day where, among other things, current History and other joint honours students help out with HAT prep and the like. If I learn anything interesting I will let you know (unless you're going)
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    It's me again! Does Worcester have some kind of place for the secure storing of bikes onsite or would you have to keep them in your room?


    Couuld you also help me make sense of the costs of accomodation of the Worcester website- been trying to plan financing and stuff but can't seem how they, for the sake of example, get the cost per term:

    G6.£20.98 per day£1,230.69 per term£3,692.48 per annum
    "Students will also be liable for charges for utilities and amenities at £107.84 and £111.01 per term respectively."

    I gather that a term consists of 59 nights, so 59 x £20.98 should be £1237.82 but its cheaper, and there is also a discrepancy between the per term and per annum charge. Could you just clarify if you could about why this is, and whether the final charge per term would be £1230.69+£107.84+£111.01= £1449.54 or are there some other fixed charges you must pay?
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    It's me again! Does Worcester have some kind of place for the secure storing of bikes onsite or would you have to keep them in your room?


    Couuld you also help me make sense of the costs of accomodation of the Worcester website- been trying to plan financing and stuff but can't seem how they, for the sake of example, get the cost per term:

    G6.£20.98 per day£1,230.69 per term£3,692.48 per annum
    "Students will also be liable for charges for utilities and amenities at £107.84 and £111.01 per term respectively."

    I gather that a term consists of 59 nights, so 59 x £20.98 should be £1237.82 but its cheaper, and there is also a discrepancy between the per term and per annum charge. Could you just clarify if you could about why this is, and whether the final charge per term would be £1230.69+£107.84+£111.01= £1449.54 or are there some other fixed charges you must pay?
    Yes we have bike storage on site so no need to keep your bike in your room.

    Within each band of accommodation there is some variation so it's probably not too helpful to worry about arriving at an exact figure at this stage. Charges are reviewed at the end of every year so you won't be paying that exact amount regardless.

    Having said that, £1450 sounds almost exactly spot on for an ensuite band 6 room with kitchen access and I'd use that amount for budgeting. £1230 is a pretty standard room price on top of which you're charged for amenities and utilities which brings it up to about £1450 (I think I'm paying that next year).

    If that sounds like a lot of money, you can email the accommodation office before arriving and they can organise a cheaper room for you so it's really not too bad. I did that last year and was placed in a newly renovated medieval cottage that I'm really gonna miss. I only paid about £950 ish per term.

    During your very first term you have a couple of other charges to pay. There's a refundable deposit on your room that is given back at the end of your third year of £150, and a couple of £5 charges for various security access cards and laundry cards etc. (all of which are refunded when you hand them back at the end of your third year).

    Your battles bill also includes any formal hall meals that you attended during the previous term and various voluntary donations to charity that are added to your account. During Trinity all students also pay a £5 charge for use of the college punts during the term (you can use them as many times as you like and you won't have to pay any more). Essentially your bill will fluctuate term on term so don't worry too much about exact amounts.
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    I'm so sorry for spamming but I would love if someone could please reply to me.
    I would be applying to Engineering Science.
    GCSE: 10A*s and 3 As
    AS: AAAAB in Maths, further maths, economics, physics and chemistry, in that order.

    I'm dropping economics now.
    Thank you so much


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    I'm so sorry for spamming but I would love if someone could please reply to me.
    I would be applying to Engineering Science.
    GCSE: 10A*s and 3 As
    AS: AAAAB in Maths, further maths, economics, physics and chemistry, in that order.

    I'm dropping economics now.
    Thank you so much


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    Applicant here with lower grades and less AS have been given offers and have a good chance. Your grades are good and relevant, i cant imagine you have less chance than most. Oxford looks more at the interview and onsite tests rather than the UMS scores that Cambridge value, but less people are interviewed at Oxford, so really your odds are pretty even
    Essentually, if you are able to meet the minimum entry required as stated on the course page at Oxfords website, you are in with as much of a chance as anyone and there is no reason not to apply
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    (Original post by antigone-)
    Has anybody been to Oriel, Magdalen or St Johns? I'm stuck for which one to choose (applying for History and Politics) so was wondering if anybody could help me out? I've been to St Johns and loved it but Magdalen and Oriel seem lovely too
    (Original post by Ivoryfall)
    Possibly unhelpful, but have you read the Oxford online 'alternative prospectus'? It's written by the students so might offer an extra insight? Worth a look if you haven't already seen it
    I'd also recommend the college Pros and Cons page:
    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki..._Pros_and_Cons

    (Original post by antigone-)
    Not really just wanted to know people's impressions and experiences. My teacher did Law at Magdalen and strongly recommended it for History, but I do like Oriel too Thanks!
    Unless your teacher only finished university very very recently, that's probably not an opinion you should put too much weight on. And even if they are a recent graduate, they're going to be rather biased! No doubt Magdalen is lovely, but at the same time, so is everywhere else
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    (Original post by fluteflute)
    I'd also recommend the college Pros and Cons page:
    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki..._Pros_and_Cons



    Unless your teacher only finished university very very recently, that's probably not an opinion you should put too much weight on. And even if they are a recent graduate, they're going to be rather biased! No doubt Magdalen is lovely, but at the same time, so is everywhere else
    Yeah that's why I don't like it being my only source! Thanks for the link! Honestly the information on both colleges is equally great, I just can't decide

    The only bad thing about Magdalen so far seems to be the first year accommodation isn't amazing, but that isn't a big enough problem for me to completely discount it.
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    (Original post by antigone-)
    Yeah that's why I don't like it being my only source! Thanks for the link! Honestly the information on both colleges is equally great, I just can't decide

    The only bad thing about Magdalen so far seems to be the first year accommodation isn't amazing, but that isn't a big enough problem for me to completely discount it.
    Party of my reason for not applying to Magdalen was their first year accommodation, but having actually seen it, it's not bad at all, and I think that was a rather poor reason
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    (Original post by fluteflute)
    Party of my reason for not applying to Magdalen was their first year accommodation, but having actually seen it, it's not bad at all, and I think that was a rather poor reason
    Yeah I don't think I'll let that influence my decision but I'm going to have to go through the colleges with a fine tooth comb if I want to decide
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    (Original post by antigone-)
    Yeah I don't think I'll let that influence my decision but I'm going to have to go through the colleges with a fine tooth comb if I want to decide
    It sounds like you've probably already done this, BUT, just in case you haven't yet, read up on bursaries and benefits and the societies of each college- it may be that one offers better financial or social links for your subject or financial background etc.
    It's a slim chance you haven't checked but on the off chance that you've not, it's worth considering and may tip the scales.
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    (Original post by Ivoryfall)
    It sounds like you've probably already done this, BUT, just in case you haven't yet, read up on bursaries and benefits and the societies of each college- it may be that one offers better financial or social links for your subject or financial background etc.
    It's a slim chance you haven't checked but on the off chance that you've not, it's worth considering and may tip the scales.
    Thanks again, I have and it hasn't tipped the scales unfortunately but I wasn't really looking in as much depth as I could have so I'll go over it again What college(s) are you thinking of?
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    I'm thinking of applying to Oxford just to see what happens on the off chance I get in, I'd like to do Physics and my main concern is the PAT to get in

    GCSE grades: 10A* and 3A
    A levels: 4As at AS (math, further, chem and physics), hopefully A*A*A or A*AA at A2 (maths, chem and physics) with an EPQ

    I visited Oxford in the summer but sadly lots of the colleges were closed and you couldn't get in...
    I like the look of Keble, Exeter, Hertford and Somerville but will have to think about it further




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    (Original post by antigone-)
    Thanks again, I have and it hasn't tipped the scales unfortunately but I wasn't really looking in as much depth as I could have so I'll go over it again What college(s) are you thinking of?
    I'm applying 100% to Hertford for Oriental Studies (Chinese).

    I was torn between Hertford and Harris Manchester, because of being mature means Harris Manchester is a unique option with a special environment, but Hertford was in an area I loved, I totally fell for the Quad accommodation and, financially, it offered my more help as someone with a very poor background and a partner who is becoming a mature student himself next month, so money is (sadly) an important consideration.

    Both are gorgeous and it was a hard decision, I spent a good long while agonizing over it, so I can sympathise with you! Also, another factor that MAY have helped... Hertford has a CAT!! <3
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    (Original post by Ivoryfall)
    I'm applying 100% to Hertford for Oriental Studies (Chinese).

    I was torn between Hertford and Harris Manchester, because of being mature means Harris Manchester is a unique option with a special environment, but Hertford was in an area I loved, I totally fell for the Quad accommodation and, financially, it offered my more help as someone with a very poor background and a partner who is becoming a mature student himself next month, so money is (sadly) an important consideration.

    Both are gorgeous and it was a hard decision, I spent a good long while agonizing over it, so I can sympathise with you! Also, another factor that MAY have helped... Hertford has a CAT!! <3
    I'm in a similar situation with the financial stuff but luckily Oxford does offer a lot of help. Tbh if Magdalen had a cat I would 100% apply there without a doubt

    Best of luck with your application
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    (Original post by antigone-)
    I'm in a similar situation with the financial stuff but luckily Oxford does offer a lot of help. Tbh if Magdalen had a cat I would 100% apply there without a doubt

    Best of luck with your application
    A cat is a big swing for me; I'm a huge animal lover and give to charities regularly, even though I'm basically broke! I only wish you for your sake that Magdalen had something to swing it for you! Maybe a coin toss is in order?

    Thank you for the luck, I am going to need it against such stiff competition! Good luck yourself, too! <3
 
 
 
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