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    I haven't seen a thread like this yet so thought I'd get a discussion going since it's about time people began sending in their applications! If there's already a thread like this, please direct me to it!

    Let's get down to business and introduce ourselves shall we?

    Name: Annie

    Location: Lovely Essex

    College (and why?): Hertford I hope! I think its beautiful in a kind of quirky way and a bit more subtle than some of the larger colleges. Central location is also a plus

    GCSE Results: 6A*s and 5As

    AS Results: Classical Civilisation (A), General Studies (A) and Critical Thinking (A), my school didn't offer AS for any of the reformed subjects!

    A2 Subjects: English Lit, History and Classical Civilisation

    Predicted Grades: A*A*A

    Where else are you applying: Bristol, Manchester, Glasgow and Cardiff
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    Name: Michelle

    Location: Malaysia

    College (and why?): Trinity because I wanted a college that was close to the centre with a small, friendly atmosphere. Plus, I’m also applying for a scholarship so that narrowed down my choices by quite a bit.

    GCSE Results (SPM - the Malaysian equivalent): 7A+s 3As and 1B+

    AS results: AAAA (English Lit, Maths, Law and Business - my college doesn’t have a lot of subject choices sadly)

    A2 subjects: All of the above subjects. I also took AS General Paper.

    Achieved grades (post A-Level applicant): AAABa (the B is in Law and the a is in General Paper) Honestly not amazing grades but I’m applying anyways

    Where else are you applying: York, Exeter, Birmingham, UEA and some non-UK universities
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    Name: Amy

    Location: Tyne and Wear

    College (and why?): Merton, because I visited it on the Open Day and fell in love. Mainly because the garden is amazing, but also because they offer accommodation for all 3 years of your degree and the people I met there were so so lovely.

    GCSE results: 10 A* 2 A

    AS results: AAAAC (English Lit, Maths, Politics, General Studies & History)

    A2 subjects: English Lit, History, Politics and General Studies

    Achieved grades (applying during a gap year): A*A*A*A*

    Where else are you applying: St. Andrews, Edinburgh, Bristol and Exeter

    (I actually applied to read History at Brasenose College this time last year and was rejected after interview. Since then I have had the biggest change of heart you could possibly imagine and realised that I was insane applying for History because I should have been applying for English. I also found A-level History ridiculously difficult and went from loving it to pretty much despising it. So here I am, basically.)
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    Name: Arabella
    Location: Dorset
    College (and why?): Trinity because I just like it
    GCSE Results: 7A*s, 3As and A^ in Further Maths
    AS Results: Maths and Further Maths (A) - My school don't do ASs in other subjects
    A2 Subjects: English Lit, Physics, Maths, Further Maths
    Predicted Grades: A*A*A*A
    Where else are you applying: Warwick, Exeter, Durham and UEA
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    (Original post by a.nnie)
    I haven't seen a thread like this yet so thought I'd get a discussion going since it's about time people began sending in their applications! If there's already a thread like this, please direct me to it!

    Let's get down to business and introduce ourselves shall we?

    Name: Annie

    Location: Lovely Essex

    College (and why?): Hertford I hope! I think its beautiful in a kind of quirky way and a bit more subtle than some of the larger colleges. Central location is also a plus

    GCSE Results: 6A*s and 5As

    AS Results: Classical Civilisation (A), General Studies (A) and Critical Thinking (A), my school didn't offer AS for any of the reformed subjects!

    A2 Subjects: English Lit, History and Classical Civilisation

    Predicted Grades: A*A*A

    Where else are you applying: Bristol, Manchester, Glasgow and Cardiff
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    Name: Michelle

    Location: Malaysia

    College (and why?): Trinity because I wanted a college that was close to the centre with a small, friendly atmosphere. Plus, I’m also applying for a scholarship so that narrowed down my choices by quite a bit.

    GCSE Results (SPM - the Malaysian equivalent): 7A+s 3As and 1B+

    AS results: AAAA (English Lit, Maths, Law and Business - my college doesn’t have a lot of subject choices sadly)

    A2 subjects: All of the above subjects. I also took AS General Paper.

    Achieved grades (post A-Level applicant): AAABa (the B is in Law and the a is in General Paper) Honestly not amazing grades but I’m applying anyways

    Where else are you applying: York, Exeter, Birmingham, UEA and some non-UK universities
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    Name: Amy

    Location: Tyne and Wear

    College (and why?): Merton, because I visited it on the Open Day and fell in love. Mainly because the garden is amazing, but also because they offer accommodation for all 3 years of your degree and the people I met there were so so lovely.

    GCSE results: 10 A* 2 A

    AS results: AAAAC (English Lit, Maths, Politics, General Studies & History)

    A2 subjects: English Lit, History, Politics and General Studies

    Achieved grades (applying during a gap year): A*A*A*A*

    Where else are you applying: St. Andrews, Edinburgh, Bristol and Exeter

    (I actually applied to read History at Brasenose College this time last year and was rejected after interview. Since then I have had the biggest change of heart you could possibly imagine and realised that I was insane applying for History because I should have been applying for English. I also found A-level History ridiculously difficult and went from loving it to pretty much despising it. So here I am, basically.)
    How is everyone's ELAT preparation going?
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    Has anyone been told anything about submitting written work? I haven't, should I panic!
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    (Original post by tryingmybest2015)
    Has anyone been told anything about submitting written work? I haven't, should I panic!
    I haven’t received an email from the college I applied to (Trinity) about written work either. Brasenose said that they were sending out emails this week so I assume other colleges will also be doing so this week.
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    Name: Becca
    Location: Buckinghamshire
    College (and why?): LMH because it looks really good pastorally, liberal and welcoming. Plus pugs (also many other reasons that I can’t list because it’s my dream college aha and there’s just too many!)
    GCSE Results: 8A*s and 1A plus A in Add maths and A* in RS short course
    AS Results: none because my school mucked us over and made us take all subjects (including modular ones) as ‘linear courses’... 14 exams at A2, lucky me
    A2 Subjects: English Lit, R.S. and Maths
    Achieved Grades: A*A*B (extenuating circumstances)
    Predicted Grade for Maths retake: A (but hopefully A* aha!)
    Where else are you applying: Durham (English and Phil), UEA and Notts (both English with CW). Leaving 5th choice open until I hear back from some aha because I don’t trust myself to get in anywhere

    How’s everyone feeling about ELAT? I really like it from the perspective of intellectual curiosity but it makes me very nervous. I mean, when you’re taking it, you’re competing against the best in the country😳
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    (Original post by ScreamerOfStars)
    I haven’t received an email from the college I applied to (Trinity) about written work either. Brasenose said that they were sending out emails this week so I assume other colleges will also be doing so this week.
    Thank you so much! I was really starting to worry ahahah
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    name: Katherine
    location: USA
    college: New because it's beautiful, central, and has a nice reputation, but there are so many other reasons
    (I take different standardized tests- APs, ACT, etc.)
    where else am I applying: Durham, St. Andrew's, Edinburgh, KCL (got my unconditional offer a couple days ago!!), and some other non-UK schools
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    Thanks for making this thread!! Hi guys I'm Amira ))

    College (and why?): Gone with Wadham because of its focus on diversity and its relaxed yet traditional atmosphere
    GCSE Results: A*^ in further maths, 11A*s and 2As
    AS: got an A in AS maths
    A2 Subjects: English Lit, History and Biology
    Predicted Grades: A*A*A and A* in EPQ
    Where else are you applying: Warwick, Birmingham, UCL and Southampton - all to do English Lit !!

    I am absolutely bricking it for the ELAT, excited to see what texts and theme but worried I won't get top band if anyone has any advice about written work e.g what text, what style that would be fab !!
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    College (and why?): Magdalen, it felt very grand and quaint when I visited. I liked that a lot.
    GCSE Results: 9A* 2A
    A2 Subjects: English Lit, History and Politics
    Predicted Grades: A*A*A*
    Where else are you applying: Warwick, Durham, St Andrews and UCL

    I'm quite excited for the ELAT, and besides some general pointers about structure, I feel as if it's one of those tests where preparation won't help you too much and your best bet is to keep reading...thoughtfully? I don't anticipate getting into the top band but I hope that by some twist of fate it works out lol.
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    (Original post by Anannawoddwu)
    College (and why?): Magdalen, it felt very grand and quaint when I visited. I liked that a lot.
    GCSE Results: 9A* 2A
    A2 Subjects: English Lit, History and Politics
    Predicted Grades: A*A*A*
    Where else are you applying: Warwick, Durham, St Andrews and UCL

    I'm quite excited for the ELAT, and besides some general pointers about structure, I feel as if it's one of those tests where preparation won't help you too much and your best bet is to keep reading...thoughtfully? I don't anticipate getting into the top band but I hope that by some twist of fate it works out lol.
    Ahhh you're doing the same A-levels that I did!!

    & I feel exactly the same about the ELAT, I'm quite excited to see the texts and the theme for this year. Just need to ensure I can still work at speed because I've been out of practice recently!!
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    New College

    11 A* GCSE

    Predicted A*A*A*A* in English, Philosophy, Latin and German

    Also applying to UCL
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    (Original post by amygracebroad)
    Ahhh you're doing the same A-levels that I did!!

    & I feel exactly the same about the ELAT, I'm quite excited to see the texts and the theme for this year. Just need to ensure I can still work at speed because I've been out of practice recently!!
    Ahh cool! I hope I pace myself well too.
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    Im Gigi from Hong Kong, I applied to New College. No reason for that cuz idk either. I'm currently doing Chemistry, biology and literature in English.

    I am worrying about my written work cuz honestly, I didn't socre really well in those essays. What's more frustrating is that the HK exams are very different from GCE, so my ' good' essays don't really mean anything in the eyes of foreigners.

    ELAT just drives me crazy. Am I th only one who finds it difficult? I'm not a native speaker, so I imagine you guys might not find it particularly hard or anything.
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    Name: Zoe
    Location: From California but currently doing English at Durham (feel free to ask me about Durham if you're applying!)
    College (and why?): Hertford! It's got accommodation for all three years, its beautiful, and there are quite a few spots for English.
    Qualifications: I did American high school qualifications. 5 APs at grade 5, and 800/800 subject test. I think Oxford will probably also take into account my degree modules for my first year here at Durham.
    Where else are you applying: no where else this year
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    (Original post by zee35)
    Name: Zoe
    Location: From California but currently doing English at Durham (feel free to ask me about Durham if you're applying!)
    College (and why?): Hertford! It's got accommodation for all three years, its beautiful, and there are quite a few spots for English.
    Qualifications: I did American high school qualifications. 5 APs at grade 5, and 800/800 subject test. I think Oxford will probably also take into account my degree modules for my first year here at Durham.
    Where else are you applying: no where else this year
    How come you’ve decided to switch from Durham? I’ve applied there too!
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    (Original post by beccabokka)
    How come you’ve decided to switch from Durham? I’ve applied there too!
    Durham is a great uni for English and I totally recommend you still apply! The course here is great overall! I'm a bit of an oddity as I here we have a really great student retention rate in the department, but there are a few reasons I'm looking to switch.

    I definitely wish there were more contact hours. The faculty here encourages a lot of independent study (which makes sense because if you're going to doing English as a degree, you are going to need to actually read) however, with only 8 contact hours a week I'm finding it really difficult to make meaningful connections with the texts I'm looking at and definitely wish I had more contact with peers/tutors to help me flush out/exchange ideas.

    Aside from academics, I'm finding it really hard to learn to love the setting. It's a beautiful place and a lovely little quaint town, but if you're used to somewhere big like London and Los Angeles (as I am) its quite a bit of shocker coming up here and can be a bit depressing. If you want more info you're welcome to PM me!
 
 
 
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