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Eva Green
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Date:November 23rd, 2008 03:42 pm (UTC)
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This is very good advice but could you be a tad more specific? As in be clever how? Grade wise or interview wise? What matters more? My Olevels are 7As so Im obviously no the best but I like to think Im smater than many friends of mine who are 12 A students.

Can I make it work if Im confident and passionate about the subject?
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Date:November 23rd, 2008 07:36 pm (UTC)
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Being able to show a passion & commitment to the subject in your personal statement is very important. Don't just say you have that, use examples of things you've done or whatever that prove it. And if you get to interview, be enthusiastic!

It will be uber-competitive tho, it's a small course so not many places.

CAR is excellent. Which college were you thinking of?
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Date:November 24th, 2008 04:50 pm (UTC)
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GWB is right, Oxford is very competitive.
There is also a great deal of media scrutiny on Oxbridge admissions and furore when academically gifted students are turned away.

So, you may find that in interview you'll be asked straight out what makes you think you're better than someone who has 12 A grades. You'll need an intelligent, thoughtful and passionate answer preferably, as GWB says, referencing hands-on experience of the subject.

Don't worry though - the interview system is designed to give you a chance to fight your corner, and prove your intelligence. Above all, you should avoid trying to be someone you're not - just let the real you shine through, and, if you're right for the course, you'll get in.