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(Original post by hannahjaayy)
Subject applying for - History

College applying to - Still unsure
A Levels - History, English Literature, Art
Additional qualifications (if any) - EPQ
Predicted/ Achieved grades (A level/ eq) - A*A*A
Achieved GCSE - History A*, Music A*, English Literature A*, English Language A*, Physics A*, Art A*, Maths A, Chemistry A, Drama A
Why Oxford? - It's Oxford! I want to chase the best education I can get, and I'm very impressed by Oxford's standards, high achievements, and the method of teaching.

State/private/grammar - Private (international). I'll be moving to the UK at the end of this year :-) (hopefully to be at Oxford, but who knows)
If you want high standards, you've come to the right place! Let's hope you get to pursue your dream.

Here is the history chapter of Oxford Demystified, written by my son's closest friend at Oxford

https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho...%20demystified
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Just a heads up interviews do not come out at exactly the same time for each subject because colleges are responsible for invites. So do not panic if you hear a lot of say Biology interviews are out but you have not heard anything. Son was last at his school to get his on 29th Nov.
Excellent advice. There are a load of panicking students on here every year about this issue.
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(Original post by AliceKS)
sorry, I'm a med applicant so all of mine had to be and I misread the thread title and thought it was a med thread, sorry!
Glad we've got this sorted out
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(Original post by think_patronus)
Subject applying for ~ English and History
College applying to ~ don't know
A Levels/ equiv taking ~ Access Course to HE
Additional qualifications (if any) -
Predicted/ Achieved grades (A level/ eq)~ 45/45 Distinctions
Achieved GCSE/ equiv grades ~ English 6 and Math (ongoing)
Why Oxford? ~ The tutor system and the close knitted community
Why that college? (if you know why) ~
State/Private/Grammar/Home ~ Access Course as a mature student
Here is the Oxford Demystified link to

History

https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho...%20demystified

English

https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho...%20-%20English
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I looked at a few colleges on Sunday. Worcester is just as good in person and all the porters and students there were really nice. Like they told me why I should apply there instead of the other colleges I was considering, said they hoped I got in and offered to guide me and my family. The environment there is really friendly and relaxed from what I’ve seen and that’s why I ended up choosing it, personally.
All the porters I have spoken to are wall to wall lovely, with a real pride in their college. They are giving you the hard sell, lol

The Exeter porter has a particularly embarassing story he likes to share about my son. As soon as I mention his name, the porter just starts laughing. That's a bit of a legacy.
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(Original post by penguin3)
Hi!
I'm planning on applying for Psychology at Oxford but I'm not entirely sure which college to apply for. I am looking at the tutors and the friendly environment mostly.

My choices are: Teddy hall, Queens, New college and University college. I also wanted to know the classic stereotypes of these colleges to aid my decision. Also what does 'rah' mean? hahaha, hate being an international student.

Thanks for any advice!
Here is the Oxford Demystified chapter for the colleges

https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho...2#post88379572

There are lots of video tours round the colleges, I'm just sorry that you can't make it in person.

As for Oxford being "rah", well there are some wealthy students, but 69% of the intake are from state schools. Nobody will look down on you because of your background or school. As long as you're friendly, and willing to mix with students from different backgrounds to your own (and there are all sorts at Oxford) you've cracked it.
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Might be a dumb question, but I've been using zero gravity for personal statement help and as you resend this via the chat function on the website, would ucas plagiarism pick it up or is it fine to send?
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(Original post by TheClaimsGuys)
LMH, Wadham, and Magdalen
Sounds fantastic, so jealous (sigh)
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(Original post by lorna2022)
Subject applying for ~ Law
College applying to ~ New College
A Levels/ equiv taking ~ Latin, Law, Psychology
Predicted/ Achieved grades (A level/ eq)~ A*A*A* and EPQ
Achieved GCSE/ equiv grades ~ 998888877777
Why Oxford? ~ I like the more personal tutorial style and just the whole atmosphere really!
Why that college? (if you know why) ~ I wanted an older college as well as a slightly bigger one, and New College looks really beautiful. It also offers mostly ensuite which is what I'd prefer
State/Private/Grammar/Home ~ State
Nice choice of college, there!

Sorry I haven't got an Oxford Demystified chapter for law yet but if you get in, maybe you could help..

Here is the chapter for Law and Spanish law

https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=6788606
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(Original post by sj.21)
Anyone taking economics and management ? Also where can you check statistics for courses at Oxford.
For your course:

Interviewed: 21%
Successful: 6%
Intake: 89


If anyone wants to know the stats for their subject, simply go to the subject page:

https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/unde...and-management
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anyone know how to get some interview practice without paying a ridiculous amount? i don't particularly fancy paying £400 for some sessions LOL
Are you a UK state school student? Did you get 7 or more 8/9s at GCSE? If so, and if you are eligible for the Zero Gravity scheme, they will give you FREE interview practice, plus a lot of encouragement and handy hints. Basically you will get a current undergraduate mentoring you over the phone for an hour a week, discussing basically anything you want to, from specialist interests to what the course entails.

There was a student on this thread last year. She did a practice interview with a teacher, and was so triggered, she ran out of the room. She PM'd me and I tried to give her a bit of confidence counselling. That worked to a certain degree, but I also recommended Zero Gravity to her. Because it was an emergency (she had an interview and it was just a few days away) her mentor gave her two long interview practice sessions. I am delighted to say it worked, and she should be taking up her Oxford geography place any day now.
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(Original post by retroluvr)
Subject applying for ~ Law
College applying to ~ Brasenose
A Levels/ equiv taking ~ I'm taking the IB, taking HL psychology, history, english lit and SL german, biology and maths.
Predicted/ Achieved grades (A level/ eq)~ predicted 42/45 with a 777 in HL
Achieved GCSE/ equiv grades ~ I did MYP and I don't remember what I got! But mainly 7s with some 6s for sure.
Why Oxford? ~ love the atmosphere, the traditions and the tutorial systems and to be taught from such experienced and knowledgable scholars
Why that college? (if you know why) ~ good location, highest number of law tutors, good facilities and i'd join the choir
State/Private/Grammar/Home ~ private international school
Please see the law chapter of Oxford Demystified above. Joining the choir sounds like a great way of making friends! I wish you luck.
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*** reply with serious criticism please! ***
Subject - English Lit. and Lang
College - Hertford
A Levels - English Lit., Philosophy, Geography
A level predictions - A*A*A
GCSEs - 998887777
Why Oxford? Tutorial system. Seems homely and it was lovely once I visited
Why that college? I like the tutors, seemed promising and I was drawn further after attending the open days and visiting the college briefly.
State/Priv - State
*** reply with serious criticism please! ***
I am not normally serious, but I guess I will have to put my serious hat on

English is all about flair: you either have it, or you don't. You may have it in shovelfuls, so why not give it a shot? The tutors are looking for natural talent, so let it shine through. Read some books, love them with a passion, and be able to talk about them with insight and enthusiasm.

That's all, basically. Oh and for English you won't need spectacular grades, like you would with medicine.

Here is the English chapter, so you can have a look at the "gold standard".

https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho...%20-%20English
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(Original post by azby1098)
FANTASTIC news about offers today! Just submitting my application next week, and after that I’ll be onto those exciting spreadsheets!

Just you wait and see what I’ve got planned - you’ll be spoilt rotten!

No but in all honesty, huge congrats to the user with the offer today, i’m sure we’ll have a few more of those coming soon
Oooooh, you make my life so much easier! Pink Woshette is looking forward to studying the spreadsheets, and waving her magic wand over it every day!

Looks like I have a great applications assistant this year (but let's not forget Culver)
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Might be a dumb question, but I've been using zero gravity for personal statement help and as you resend this via the chat function on the website, would ucas plagiarism pick it up or is it fine to send?
I would honestly check with Kitty Goodwin at ZG about this. She is very friendly, and will be keen to help. Have you also discussed your PS with your mentor?
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Since we are talking about Oxford Demystified a lot, and also since you are all sending in your UCAS forms, here is my guide to Oxford applications

https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=6070868
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I would honestly check with Kitty Goodwin at ZG about this. She is very friendly, and will be keen to help. Have you also discussed your PS with your mentor?
Thanks Oxford mum, I've just messaged her on the website.
I've gone over it lots with my mentor, but I'm not bothering him today about it as he's going up to Cambridge today, so thought I'd see if anyone on here knew!
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Oooooh, you make my life so much easier! Pink Woshette is looking forward to studying the spreadsheets, and waving her magic wand over it every day!

Looks like I have a great applications assistant this year (but let's not forget Culver)
Oh of course!! Culver and I will be the dynamic duo - the brother and sister of the thread perhaps? We seem to be developing quite a family!
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Sounds fantastic, so jealous (sigh)
😁😁
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Hi there anhsedus!

Please find below a link to Oxford Demystified maths chapter:

https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho...8#post88358268

I am very intrigued by the architecture of Keble - it's different from the others. I call it the "zebra stripes". It would have been the type of thing that would have appealed to me if I had applied in the 1980s. Also when I drive there, it's the first college I see, so it's always there to welcome me, and let me know "I'm back" in my fave city. Also, have you checked out the amazing, mosaic like chapel interior? Awesome.
I’ve heard Keble compared to lasagna! And I do like lasagna..
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