Not sour grapes just curious. 4 of the people I know who've got a place this year just happen to have one parent (their mum) who's a teacher. Also my neighbour who has got all her four children into Oxford over the last 6 years is also a teacher. And her kids definitely applied for undersubscribed no-hoper courses. Interested to hear ur views. Think about it.
I know absolutely tonnes, you're right, teachers are good at this sort of thing, I can think of around 10 off the top of my head.
mine aren't. I'm at Oxford already, but seemingly doing a no-hoper course...:O
I applied for Computer Science at Robinson College, Cambridge a year ago - they had 8 places and i was one of about 80 interviewed... not really surprising i didn't get in!
only 1 person i know who's got an offer has a parent who's a teacher. my bro applied to Cambridge twice and got rejected both times and both my parents are teachers - feel better?
well out of the people i know who went to Oxbridge, 1 person has a teacher parent, and of the ones rejected quite a few have teacher parents!! it seems quite an odd link, from my school the 3 people who got in have brown eyes, and the 3 rejects have blue eyes....maybe thats a factor
I received an offer for medicine and neither of my parents are teachers and none of my family (immediate or extended) have ever studied at oxbridge. I seriously doubt that people with teacher-parents have any advantage over the applicants who don't (that is if they even receive any help!) unless perhaps their parent teaches at oxbridge and is eager to get involved in the application process.
As someone who has just been rejected by Oxford for Classics I feel that I must protest that it is not an easy subject to get an offer for.
Firstly the figure 1.7 applicants per place is out-of-date, applications have gone up significantly in the past couple of years (I remember fairly recently reading an article in The Times about it). This is due to the encouragement of more people who have only had the chance to do Latin to apply, possibly amongst other factors.
Secondly, what lala and MadNatSci say is absolutely true, Classics is certainly not a subject people tend to fall into doing without thinking about it, the people who do decide to do it are always very dedicated and good at it. Thus I would suggest that Oxbridge Classics applicants are on average of an even higher standard and have more enthusiasm for the subject than most Oxbridge applicants.