(Original post by nexttime)
A small amount of research will answer that - vast majority of shortlisting is done by BMAT and GCSE grades.
As with predicted grades, there are tutors who will not consider or even read the personal statement. Very contrasting to some non-Oxbridge unis where its one of the most important factors.
Having said that, people should definitely read their worked example of a good PS
Mansfield is an outlier though and only offers a few subjects, which doesn't include medicine.
The highest for medicine is Hertford, at 69%. All colleges bar 4 fall within a 48-61% range, which combined with random variation means that realistically if attending the 'most private' versus the 'least private', the difference you will see is that 1 in 12-15 people you meet will have 'changed' from private to state or vice versa. The other 11-14 will be the same. And this is something that is very publically available and likely to self-propogate (as it has for Mansfield). Things like a 'sporty reputation' or what have you (something people tend to not actually even agree on year to year)... less true than that.
Anyone is welcome to consider that if they want but just have realistic expectations about what it means.
Also remember you've got a 25-40% chance at ending up at a different college to what you applied to anyway, depending on where you apply!
Just like to say that I have just tried to give the poster what they wanted some advice on the personal statement and a few pointers about choosing a college.
.Actually In my experience have found the non-Oxbridge Colleges seem much more inclined to just go on grades achieved and predicted.
My son was an undergraduate at Wadham.He is now about to start a PHD at Cambridge after doing a Masters at York.His interview at the second Oxford College was all about his personal statement and his tutor at Wadham also referred to it during the first one.
The personal statement he sent to York,originally for a Phd application led his supervisor to email him and offer him a Research Masters based on his PS.The Cambridge PS went inat the very last minute and again the supervisor actually told him later it was the PS that got him interview.
So given that the poster has to write a PS lets help him write the best one he can it might just tip the balance.
Son totally is of the view that each college has its own personality and again the poster needs to choose one so i am just sharing our experience.
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Is it better to apply to Oxford medicine with 2A*'s in both Biology and Chemistry, with an A in maths or with 3A*'s in Biology, Chemistry and Economics?
My PS is very focussed on what I’ve learnt about medicine and only the beginning is really about why I want to do it and why it’s interesting... is this okay?
GCSE- 11A*s and an A
A LEVEL PREDICTED- 4A*s (plus A/A* in the EPQ)
BMAT- not done yet but did the first paper and got 4.6 and 5.1... obviously much room for improvement
Stuff I’ve put on PS- EPQ, 10 months and counting with Mencap, 2 days in a hospital, read complications, House Captain, Dance and some academic competitions. It’s a very standard statement which is basically saying what I did what I learnt and then linking to medicine... I have talked about some ethical concepts so hopefully that helps me stand out a bit
Colleges- probably Christ church as it is the largest
(Original post by Samanthaplague)
I meant in terms of area but I guess I was wrong. I went today and found Christ church so nice! There was so much open space
I take it you didn't visit Magdalen then?
Christ Church probably has the best accommodation in Oxford though (in terms of size, history), and its right next to Christ Church meadow and the river, so good choice!
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I didn’t do amazing at gcse, 8A* 2A and a B in english language. I think oxford may consider that my school was really bad though. For A levels, im predicted 5A*s (maths, further maths, chem , bio, physics) and I’m also doing an epq. Worm experience i got a week at a gp, work at hospital( observed surgery). Week volunteering at orphanage and a week at a nursery.
Havent started bmat prep just yet but will get on it. I dont think I’ll get in but i may as well try
Hi everyone. Wanted to see who’s applying for ox med this cycle. How is everyone preparing? What are you doing? Do you go to a state/independent school? Colleges? GCSEs? BMAT? Interview prep? Go for it!
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