1. A* A* A* for English Lit, History and Politics, and an A at French AS
2. Entered a Cambridge essay competition back in 2019, won a historical fiction competition in 2020, LAMDA, various school drama productions. My PS focused a lot on modernism and how politics impacts literature (I applied for joint honours Politics/English at other unis)
4. Admittedly I didn’t do a lot, I did half of a past paper and looked at examiners’ feedback from previous years. Kind of regretting it but oh well :/
5. Robinson! They’re close to the English library, have guaranteed vegan options (which is important bc I need to eat lol), one of their English fellows specialises in modernism, and they seem very committed to social mobility and diversity, which I’m a big fan of. Also, because it’s the newest college and it doesn’t have the same long list of famous alumni, it’s sliiiightly less intimidating lol
6. The actual answer is that I was originally planning on applying for HSPS for most of Y12, had already got my heart set on Robinson, and didn’t want to reconsider Oxford when I realised that I’d probably be happier studying straight English for three years than I would Politics. I’ve heard that the Cambridge course focuses more on actual analysis of the language than Oxford’s does, which is another bonus and probably the answer I’ll give if I get an interview lmao
7. Private, but on a full bursary (I’m otherwise eligible for contextual offers at universities that give them).