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    Hi

    So I am an IB student interested in applying to Univ of Oxford for undergraduate geography course. (I do not take geography but when I contacted the admissions office they said I still would be considered

    Anyway, especially since I do not take geography at IB level, I want to make sure the admissions people know that I am really keen on the subject. What kind of things can I do to appeal to the people(like outside school activities?) and what are they looking for in my personal essay?

    Many thanks!
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    I was just wondering if anyone is (or has been before) to the Department of Geography open day this Friday?
    Does anyone know what to expect? I've read read the stuff on the website but I'm still not sure how useful its going to be!
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    No but can't wait :teehee:
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    Can anyone tell me a bit more information about the Geography program than what's on the website? I am considering applying. Also, which courses are the easiest to gain acceptance through? There are a few I am considering, which is why I ask the question.
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    Hey, i'm thinking of applying to the BA geography entry 2012 at oxford, I think achieving a degree at oxford is highly presitgious and worth the debt, etc.

    I've done some research and would like to make sure what i've found is correct, as well as some new questions.

    Firstly; Oxford have openly said that extracurricular activities don't have much weighting in their admissions, I'm in the eco committee though among various other EC stuff.

    Second; the terms, which in total, per year, add up to only about 3.5 months? During the 'breaks' is work set? What way do the contracts for accomodation work, say If I go home during the breaks, or is a set 38 week one or whatever.

    The interview takes place at oxford right? The deadline for UCAS application is 15 of september?

    Also, would taking a gap year, building up £5k or so , so that I can study without having to worry about money (at least for a while) decrease my chances?

    The deferred entry itself; do you take an interview at the same time as you would for normal entry, then wait a year?

    Also;the geography course has no exams, only marked papers?

    Lastly; is it really that difficult? I understand that it's one of the best on the world, but I hear people saying 'you'll have to teach yourself whole subjects', err...isn't that what lecturers are supposed to do? Is getting a 2.1 in Oxford as hard as getting a first, say, in QUB?

    Oh and what's the nightlife like! I hope I can make friends because i'd be moving from NI and it would be a big change :/ .

    Cheers.
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    I suggest you re-post that here.
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    15th of October is the deadline but your college may have a separate internal deadline.
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    (Original post by law-bug)
    Hey, i'm thinking of applying to the BA geography entry 2012 at oxford, I think achieving a degree at oxford is highly presitgious and worth the debt, etc.

    I've done some research and would like to make sure what i've found is correct, as well as some new questions.

    Firstly; Oxford have openly said that extracurricular activities don't have much weighting in their admissions, I'm in the eco committee though among various other EC stuff.

    Second; the terms, which in total, per year, add up to only about 3.5 months? During the 'breaks' is work set? What way do the contracts for accomodation work, say If I go home during the breaks, or is a set 38 week one or whatever.

    The interview takes place at oxford right? The deadline for UCAS application is 15 of september?

    Also, would taking a gap year, building up £5k or so , so that I can study without having to worry about money (at least for a while) decrease my chances?

    The deferred entry itself; do you take an interview at the same time as you would for normal entry, then wait a year?

    Also;the geography course has no exams, only marked papers?

    Lastly; is it really that difficult? I understand that it's one of the best on the world, but I hear people saying 'you'll have to teach yourself whole subjects', err...isn't that what lecturers are supposed to do? Is getting a 2.1 in Oxford as hard as getting a first, say, in QUB?

    Oh and what's the nightlife like! I hope I can make friends because i'd be moving from NI and it would be a big change :/ .

    Cheers.
    Obviously related ECs are good but they do not form part of the decision making :nah:

    During the breaks work is likely to be set. I believe geographers have field trips during the hols too :yes: Accommodation contracts will vary by college. Generally speaking, you will be chucked out for the holidays to make way for interviewees and conference guests :yes:

    Interviews are in Oxford and the deadline is 15th October.

    I don't know about deferred entry. Taking a gap year should be fine as long as you're doing something productive/educational in that time.

    I don't know about the papers you sit :nah:

    It really is that hard. There are harder subjects out there than Geography probably, but I imagine Geography is still pretty damn hard :yes:

    Nightlife is worse than London (where I'm from) but probably better than NI
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    (Original post by law-bug)
    Hey, i'm thinking of applying to the BA geography entry 2012 at oxford, I think achieving a degree at oxford is highly presitgious and worth the debt, etc.

    I've done some research and would like to make sure what i've found is correct, as well as some new questions.

    Firstly; Oxford have openly said that extracurricular activities don't have much weighting in their admissions, I'm in the eco committee though among various other EC stuff.

    Second; the terms, which in total, per year, add up to only about 3.5 months? During the 'breaks' is work set? What way do the contracts for accomodation work, say If I go home during the breaks, or is a set 38 week one or whatever.

    The interview takes place at oxford right? The deadline for UCAS application is 15 of september?

    Also, would taking a gap year, building up £5k or so , so that I can study without having to worry about money (at least for a while) decrease my chances?

    The deferred entry itself; do you take an interview at the same time as you would for normal entry, then wait a year?

    Also;the geography course has no exams, only marked papers?

    Lastly; is it really that difficult? I understand that it's one of the best on the world, but I hear people saying 'you'll have to teach yourself whole subjects', err...isn't that what lecturers are supposed to do? Is getting a 2.1 in Oxford as hard as getting a first, say, in QUB?

    Oh and what's the nightlife like! I hope I can make friends because i'd be moving from NI and it would be a big change :/ .

    Cheers.
    Most of the answers to your questions you should be able to find on their website or by emailing one of the admissions tutors, whose emails will be on the site.

    Extra-curricular is good if it is relevant in some way to your course. It's better to show how it has helped you/make it personal rather than just listing all the millions of clubs you happen to be in.

    Terms are short, intensive and about 2 months each. Work set during the vac depends upon your tutor and your college; if you're not set work it's always helpful to use the holidays productively/get ahead and catch up with reading for your next lectures.

    Interviews will take place in Oxford at the college you apply to; you'll probably interview at other colleges as well though.

    Deferred entry you have the interview now, then if you get a place you come up a year later. Though bear in mind with deferred entry you have to convince them that you are not only the best in your year but also better than next year's people that they haven't seen yet.

    The geography course does have exams. Again, check the website for details of what you have to do. At the moment there's a combination of physical and human in first year; you sit exams at the end of first year as well as coursework, you then specialise more in the second and third years. But do check the course details on the undergraduate pages of the Oxford website.

    An Oxford degree is hard work, no two ways about that. You can make as much or as little as your time there; it is down to the individual. You will have lectures and tutorials on your subject so you won't be left teaching yourself anything unless you choose not to go to lectures or do any of the set reading.

    The nightlife is fine There are events every night of freshers week, whether you want to club or something else. Obviously it's not as big as London but there's never any difficulty with finding things to do and places to go to!

    Hope that helps a bit
 
 
 
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