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    Are the way the interviews are carried out or say the whole admission process in terms of treatment of A Level subjects etc. different between the colleges? I've been reading the thread on Economics and Management and it seems they do? If so, is there a specific website or such which elaborate on these criteria that you know of?
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    Yes and no. Of course there are faculty guidelines for these things, but in practice, individual tutors obviously have to use their own judgement when making their decisions, and different tutors may view things slightly differently. But that doesn't mean that colleges have (never mind publish) lists of specific boxes which they would like applicants to tick.
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    (Original post by hobnob)
    Yes and no. Of course there are faculty guidelines for these things, but in practice, individual tutors obviously have to use their own judgement when making their decisions, and different tutors may view things slightly differently. But that doesn't mean that colleges have (never mind publish) lists of specific boxes which they would like applicants to tick.
    Thanks. So it's more down to the individual tutor's own assessment regardless of the college, than any general college policy? (just making sure :embarassed:)
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    (Original post by asdfg0987)
    Thanks. So it's more down to the individual tutor's own assessment regardless of the college, than any general college policy? (just making sure :embarassed:)
    Yes. Although of course 'the college' in this context could just mean two or three fellows.
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    (Original post by Athena)
    Some colleges vary in things like whether they will or not take applicants for a given subject with a given A level combination, eg not all colleges will take biochemists/PPEists without maths A level. For something like that, you can email or phone the college's admissions office and find that out.
    Are there any websites that kind of collectively review the colleges?
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    Note that although different colleges/tutors inevitably have slightly different criteria, it doesnt *neccessarily* mean you have to worry about which college you apply to because of it.

    eg. what Ive heard about physics admissions:
    Basically, after the individual colleges' tutors have decided which of the people they interviewed that they want to take, they all get together in a huge meeting and go through, one by one, the students who they rejected but another college might plausably want.
    In one case Ive heard, the interviewing college's tutor said something along the lines of
    "This student interviewed fairly well, and did fairly well on the admissions test. *But* we're not going to take him, because his admissions test score is below what we'd excpect from somebody from such a good private school, even though for a normal canditate it would be good enough for us to accept them." (And I think this is accompanied by actual numerical marks, and more detail about the interview, and so-on.)
    And then, in this case, a tutor from another college said "we'll take him."


    My point is that even though he didnt quite meet the selection criteria of the college he applied to, it didn't really hurt him* having applied there, because he got a chance of being judged by all the other colleges too. So I don't think the slightly different criteria are anything to worry about too much. (Though by all means, cant hurt to email a college and check what thier particular A-level requirements are, or whatever. )

    *Assuming hes not the guy who got pooled to hildas and on the day he got his application came on TSR complaining about how terrible and awful is was and he was going to write to the university and see if he could be moved out of Hildas because it was so awful it woul dharm his mental health, or something...
 
 
 
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