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    Hey Guys and Gals!
    I know this a massive wall of text, but i would really appreciate it if you'd read it. It won't take that long !

    I know you've probably seen more than your fair share of threads of this nature in your time but I would greatly appreciate your reading this and giving your opinions!
    I'm currently in Year 12 studying Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry, Physics and the time for applying for Universities is drawing ever closer.
    I've wanted to get into Oxford for the longest time but now it's almost upon me to apply and i've started to have my doubts as to whether I am Oxford material!
    First of, in the summer, I sat my GCSE's and came out with 3 A*'s, 2 B's and the rest A's. Hopefully, this summer, if I work my arse off I can get at least 3 A's at AS level which is hopefully enough for the Oxford application staff not to immediately dismiss my attempt at entry (applying for Physics btw).

    I have some questions as to what type of people actually get admitted!
    I know not everyone who gets in is as the stereotype suggests, but perhaps anyone reading who is at oxford could describe themselves? for example, are you naturally smart at your subject or did you have to work ridiculously hard?
    Are you a hub of social activity?
    Did you do alot of extra curricular activities like all the schools are advising you do to get a better CV (head of house, prefect, organising activities etc...)?
    Do you play sports?
    Did you get a Job before applying?
    Do you play Instruments?

    This info is important as I don't hold myself in very high esteem. I don't really get involved with the school as a head boy, leader of clubs etc, I never have done! I go to school to socialise and learn (more the latter than the former if im honest...)

    I have never really played sports, I'm not naturally gifted academically (well actually, if you excuse this momentary arrogance, I considered myself GCSE bright which incidentally doesn't take much considering the amount of dumbing down that's occured over the years! not A level bright...)
    But, I do play 3 instruments at half decent level (piano for 4 years and guitars and drums for 2, never taken a formal piano lesson and can play chopin, taken guitar lessons for 2 years and can improvise at a semi competant level, and drums i learned from rock band...ROCK BAND FTW!) perhaps that will dissuade the negativity of the lack of sports?
    I also have a real passion for the sciences, especially physics! I just love learning about it, i often read up and beyond the call of duty required for the sixth form course and am considering joining my local astronomy club!

    Do you reckon, taking the above information about myself into account, I stand a chance at attending Oxford and studying physics?

    If you read the wall of text...thank you!
    (I apologise if this is a tad too formal for this forum..)
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    Do your best this year and see the results next August. If you do well then of course you should go for it, remember you get five choices, Oxford only takes up one of those and IF they turn you down then so what? Would be better than not applying and wondering if you could have achieved your goal.

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    (Original post by Billy4294)
    Hey Guys and Gals!
    I know this a massive wall of text, but i would really appreciate it if you'd read it. It won't take that long !

    I know you've probably seen more than your fair share of threads of this nature in your time but I would greatly appreciate your reading this and giving your opinions!
    I'm currently in Year 12 studying Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry, Physics and the time for applying for Universities is drawing ever closer.
    I've wanted to get into Oxford for the longest time but now it's almost upon me to apply and i've started to have my doubts as to whether I am Oxford material!
    First of, in the summer, I sat my GCSE's and came out with 3 A*'s, 2 B's and the rest A's. Hopefully, this summer, if I work my arse off I can get at least 3 A's at AS level which is hopefully enough for the Oxford application staff not to immediately dismiss my attempt at entry (applying for Physics btw).

    I have some questions as to what type of people actually get admitted!
    I know not everyone who gets in is as the stereotype suggests, but perhaps anyone reading who is at oxford could describe themselves? for example, are you naturally smart at your subject or did you have to work ridiculously hard?
    Are you a hub of social activity?
    Did you do alot of extra curricular activities like all the schools are advising you do to get a better CV (head of house, prefect, organising activities etc...)?
    Do you play sports?
    Did you get a Job before applying?
    Do you play Instruments?

    This info is important as I don't hold myself in very high esteem. I don't really get involved with the school as a head boy, leader of clubs etc, I never have done! I go to school to socialise and learn (more the latter than the former if im honest...)

    I have never really played sports, I'm not naturally gifted academically (well actually, if you excuse this momentary arrogance, I considered myself GCSE bright which incidentally doesn't take much considering the amount of dumbing down that's occured over the years! not A level bright...)
    But, I do play 3 instruments at half decent level (piano for 4 years and guitars and drums for 2, never taken a formal piano lesson and can play chopin, taken guitar lessons for 2 years and can improvise at a semi competant level, and drums i learned from rock band...ROCK BAND FTW!) perhaps that will dissuade the negativity of the lack of sports?
    I also have a real passion for the sciences, especially physics! I just love learning about it, i often read up and beyond the call of duty required for the sixth form course and am considering joining my local astronomy club!

    Do you reckon, taking the above information about myself into account, I stand a chance at attending Oxford and studying physics?

    If you read the wall of text...thank you!
    (I apologise if this is a tad too formal for this forum..)
    The things they care about most is your academic ability, potential, and enthusiasm. Do well in your AS levels, do well in the PAT, do well in the interview, and come across as enthusiastic. Your GCSEs look perfectly adequate (though, if you are attending a school with many over-achievers, this may be counted against you).
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    I think you've been misinformed about the importance of extra-curriculars for Oxford. Here's the good news! Oxford really have little time for extra-curriculars - they are far less important than academic ability, aptitude, enthusiasm and interest in your subject. Therefore, concentrate on your AS studies and finding out about the courses, some additional reading, the astronomy club sounds fun!

    Personally, I'm rubbish at sports! You don't need to be a prefect or head boy/girl, no need to be in the debating club etc. I did have a Saturday job before I applied but it had nothing to do with the degree I applied for and I don't think they'd be bothered about that either; I just used it in my PS to show time management etc., similarly playing a couple of instruments for commitment, ability to concentrate, independent study and so on. So ECs can helpfully be used as evidence in that way, but they are not in themselves the be all and end all.

    Good luck!
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    read around and be able to talk about your subject basically, wouldn't worry about sports etc.
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    (Original post by Billy4294)
    Did you do alot of extra curricular activities like all the schools are advising you do to get a better CV (head of house, prefect, organising activities etc...)?
    I know a guy, who with being:

    *Head Boy
    *Captain of the Rugby Team
    *Playing the Trombone
    *In the School Choir
    *In the school play for 3 years in a row
    *Getting 9A*s & 1A at GCSE
    *and having normal social skills

    didn't get an interview - EC's don't count, only academic potential.
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    (Original post by Billy4294)
    Hey Guys and Gals!
    I know this a massive wall of text, but i would really appreciate it if you'd read it. It won't take that long !

    I know you've probably seen more than your fair share of threads of this nature in your time but I would greatly appreciate your reading this and giving your opinions!
    I'm currently in Year 12 studying Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry, Physics and the time for applying for Universities is drawing ever closer.
    I've wanted to get into Oxford for the longest time but now it's almost upon me to apply and i've started to have my doubts as to whether I am Oxford material!
    First of, in the summer, I sat my GCSE's and came out with 3 A*'s, 2 B's and the rest A's. Hopefully, this summer, if I work my arse off I can get at least 3 A's at AS level which is hopefully enough for the Oxford application staff not to immediately dismiss my attempt at entry (applying for Physics btw).

    I have some questions as to what type of people actually get admitted!
    I know not everyone who gets in is as the stereotype suggests, but perhaps anyone reading who is at oxford could describe themselves? for example, are you naturally smart at your subject or did you have to work ridiculously hard?
    Are you a hub of social activity?
    Did you do alot of extra curricular activities like all the schools are advising you do to get a better CV (head of house, prefect, organising activities etc...)?
    Do you play sports?
    Did you get a Job before applying?
    Do you play Instruments?

    This info is important as I don't hold myself in very high esteem. I don't really get involved with the school as a head boy, leader of clubs etc, I never have done! I go to school to socialise and learn (more the latter than the former if im honest...)

    I have never really played sports, I'm not naturally gifted academically (well actually, if you excuse this momentary arrogance, I considered myself GCSE bright which incidentally doesn't take much considering the amount of dumbing down that's occured over the years! not A level bright...)
    But, I do play 3 instruments at half decent level (piano for 4 years and guitars and drums for 2, never taken a formal piano lesson and can play chopin, taken guitar lessons for 2 years and can improvise at a semi competant level, and drums i learned from rock band...ROCK BAND FTW!) perhaps that will dissuade the negativity of the lack of sports?
    I also have a real passion for the sciences, especially physics! I just love learning about it, i often read up and beyond the call of duty required for the sixth form course and am considering joining my local astronomy club!

    Do you reckon, taking the above information about myself into account, I stand a chance at attending Oxford and studying physics?

    If you read the wall of text...thank you!
    (I apologise if this is a tad too formal for this forum..)
    Playing instruments, sports, a part-time job, existence of social life, being a prefect etc. no not matter AT ALL. Not one bit, so don't worry about extra-curricular things at all. Your GCSE grades are fine, I believe they are about average for Oxford (I got an interview at least with exactly the same grades). All that matters is 'a real passion' for the subject, which you seem to have. So yes, you definitely stand a chance, should definitely apply, but what will be really important will be your predicted grades, admissions test and interview.
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    ECs are completely irrelevant. All you have to do is be good at physics, well actually mostly maths.
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    (Original post by jbeacom600)
    I know a guy, who with being:

    *Head Boy
    *Captain of the Rugby Team
    *Playing the Trombone
    *In the School Choir
    *In the school play for 3 years in a row
    *Getting 9A*s & 1A at GCSE
    *and having normal social skills

    didn't get an interview - EC's don't count, only academic potential.
    not getting an offer - i can believe that
    is this medicine (bmat) ?
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    (Original post by Vazzyb)
    not getting an offer - i can believe that
    is this medicine (bmat) ?
    Yeah, no interview for medicine. I think it was his BMAT
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    (Original post by jbeacom600)
    Yeah, no interview for medicine. I think it was his BMAT
    yeah its the only subject where that kind of person would fail to get an interview
    they only interview something like 40% of candidates- its silly really.
    He shudda applied to Cambrdige!
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    (Original post by Lifesharker)
    The first term is more maths than anything else, and the first year much more straight maths than the second (you have two entirely maths papers out of four this year - I have a couple maths questions sprinkled across three physics papers and no entirely maths paper). Don't worry, it gets more interesting! You get better lecturers second year too - my thermodynamics lecturer is married to that cow who lectures special relativity, but he's much, much, much better than her.

    Also, I see you're Hilda's. Which college did you apply for? /nosy
    Fresher 09 not 10

    I made an open app got allocated to hilda's and didn't move anymore.

    You could do S1 to have a maths paper (it's not as bad as it's hyped up to be)
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    (Original post by Billy4294)
    Hey Guys and Gals!
    I know this a massive wall of text, but i would really appreciate it if you'd read it. It won't take that long !

    I know you've probably seen more than your fair share of threads of this nature in your time but I would greatly appreciate your reading this and giving your opinions!
    I'm currently in Year 12 studying Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry, Physics and the time for applying for Universities is drawing ever closer.
    I've wanted to get into Oxford for the longest time but now it's almost upon me to apply and i've started to have my doubts as to whether I am Oxford material!
    First of, in the summer, I sat my GCSE's and came out with 3 A*'s, 2 B's and the rest A's. Hopefully, this summer, if I work my arse off I can get at least 3 A's at AS level which is hopefully enough for the Oxford application staff not to immediately dismiss my attempt at entry (applying for Physics btw).

    I have some questions as to what type of people actually get admitted!
    I know not everyone who gets in is as the stereotype suggests, but perhaps anyone reading who is at oxford could describe themselves? for example, are you naturally smart at your subject or did you have to work ridiculously hard?
    Are you a hub of social activity?
    Did you do alot of extra curricular activities like all the schools are advising you do to get a better CV (head of house, prefect, organising activities etc...)?
    Do you play sports?
    Did you get a Job before applying?
    Do you play Instruments?

    This info is important as I don't hold myself in very high esteem. I don't really get involved with the school as a head boy, leader of clubs etc, I never have done! I go to school to socialise and learn (more the latter than the former if im honest...)

    I have never really played sports, I'm not naturally gifted academically (well actually, if you excuse this momentary arrogance, I considered myself GCSE bright which incidentally doesn't take much considering the amount of dumbing down that's occured over the years! not A level bright...)
    But, I do play 3 instruments at half decent level (piano for 4 years and guitars and drums for 2, never taken a formal piano lesson and can play chopin, taken guitar lessons for 2 years and can improvise at a semi competant level, and drums i learned from rock band...ROCK BAND FTW!) perhaps that will dissuade the negativity of the lack of sports?
    I also have a real passion for the sciences, especially physics! I just love learning about it, i often read up and beyond the call of duty required for the sixth form course and am considering joining my local astronomy club!

    Do you reckon, taking the above information about myself into account, I stand a chance at attending Oxford and studying physics?

    If you read the wall of text...thank you!
    (I apologise if this is a tad too formal for this forum..)
    I got an offer of AAA just this week, also going for physics.

    I got 5 A*'s, 3 A's and 3 B's at GCSE. I managed 4 A's at AS level in Physics, Maths, Further Maths and Biology and am predicted 2 A*'s and 2 A's next summer.

    I don't play any sports, don't play any instruments and didn't do any work experience - and to be honest the interviewers said they don't care about that sort of thing unless it's related to the subject. So joining the astronomy club would interest them, but piano and drums probably wouldn't.

    If you manage to get an interview then they're not so bothered about the things you already know as the things you have the potential to learn. So if you only get a B or something at AS then you still have a chance, as long as in your personal statement you manage to show your passion for physics. It might be a good idea to mention a couple of books you've read.

    As an example of a typical interview question, I was asked if I knew what Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle was. I was then asked to list the different types of energy an electron has and so find an equation for the total energy. I managed to get those by myself, but then I was asked to use them to find the size of a hydrogen atom. The interviewer gave me a few hints to start me off, eg that the electron has got to be in its lowest energy state, and then discussed how I would get the answer. So they don't mind if you don't know how to answer a question at first.
 
 
 
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