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From:dothestrand
Date:March 1st, 2009 10:47 am (UTC)
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I'm in Year 13 and have an offer to read English at Oxford next year, so my advice obviously isn't as helpful as advice coming from a current English student, but I'd agree with the others who've suggested that Oxford might not be the best place for you.

If you get invited to an interview at Oxford in the first place (I think about 70% of applicants get interviewed), the tutors will want to know about how widely you read, and why you enjoy studying literature. Reading your post, it doesn't sound like you do enjoy studying literature, in which case I'm not sure why you want to study English at university in the first place. I understand your enthusiasm for creative writing, as I write a lot in my spare time, too, and at one point I briefly considered studying English with Creative Writing, which obviously isn't an option at Oxford.

As others have already pointed out, nothing's stopping you from writing in your spare time. If, however, creative writing means so much to you that you want it to be part of the course, then there are plenty of English courses at other universities that involve more creative writing. I think Goldmsmiths might be good for that, although I'm not entirely sure. You might even be able to study Creative Writing as a degree in itself? Again, I'd have to check up on that...

Analysing texts will be an important part of the course at all universities, not just Oxford, so once again, it might be worth considering if you really want to study English. But whatever you decide, good luck. I know the whole university application process can feel incredibly confusing!
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From:dothestrand
Date:March 1st, 2009 12:05 pm (UTC)
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Oh, and one more thing - as you're not finding the Oxford website helpful, you might find this interesting:

http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki/English_at_Oxford

It's very detailed, and I found it useful when I was applying.