I've heard that if your first choice college can't find room for you after interview they can give you another interview at another college.
But I also heard that there's a specific group of colleges that you can get 'pooled' to in this way - as in, if you applied to Wadham for example, you can only be transferred for another interview to certain colleges.
Does anyone know what colleges are in which groups?
I think the "pooling units" are only important when Oxford allocate you your second and third colleges (which are actually completely irrelevant). I had a 2nd interview at my 3rd choice college, but other people had interviews at random colleges and I ended up receiving an open offer and some of them received offers from a different college to which they were interviewed at.
The "pooling units" are completely pointless and you needn't worry about them.
It will depend on subject. English, I think for instance, actually has specific published pools between which they transfer candidates. Biology, on the other hand, has centralised admissions so although you're interviewed at two colleges, when it comes down to who they decide to accept it's one big departmental meeting and you can get sent literally anywhere.
The only subjects which had official publicised pooling "groups" last year were English and PPE, which put them in the back of the prospectus. There are quite possibly informal ones in other subjects, though, and I have no idea if it's staying the same for this year.
Yes I'd heard something about subject specific ones - Thank you very much for all your replies!
Where could I find the pooling groups for English? I can't seem to find them on the uni/department websites, the main prospectus or just random googling.
The pooling groups are for PPE and English only and are as follows:
Group 1: Brasenose, Christ Church, Jesus, Lincoln, Magdalen, Mansfield, Merton, Oriel, St. Hilda's, Somerville
Group 2: Balliol, Exeter, Keble, Pembroke, St. Anne's, St Edmund's Hall, St Johns, St Peters, Wadam
Group 3: Corpus Christi, Hertford, Lady Margaret Hall, New, Queen's, St. Catherines, St Hughs, Trinity, University, Worcester, Harris Manchester.