Oxbridge Aspirants: Sep 2021

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funkysatsuma Sun 01-Dec-19 17:27:58

Not sure if it's too early to start this thread in Nov 2019 smile

DS would like Cambridge Economics as the first choice. Would like to know where can we get some help to prepare for the ECAA test - appreciate any pointers/links. Thanks in advance

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Jano69 Sun 01-Dec-19 20:24:18

Ha! Why not! I'll join you. DD wants to study History at Oxford.

We have a terrible track record of Oxbridge applications in our family.

Both my sister and DS got offered Cambridge places in 1984 and 2019 respectively but both missed their offers.

So we're not optimistic about DD's chances but you never know, this time we could be third time lucky!

Happy to share the tears and misery of another attempt with you all.

Unformidable Tue 24-Dec-19 10:36:47

Placemarking smile

Ds hasn't made up his mind yet, but probably Human, Social, and Political Sciences.

funkysatsuma Is this of any help? www.myheplus.com/

I'm a complete beginner to HE and hoping to learn lots!

Arewedone Fri 27-Dec-19 18:40:01

Yess placemarking too😂 hate to be last minute!
Dd looking at Oxford for E&M. DS already started there this year doing the same course. DS was far more organised and focused so this will be a challenge!

Jano69 Fri 27-Dec-19 20:44:28

Pleased you're joining us for the journey @Unformidable and @Arewedone - I predict this thread will reach 1K by September 2020.

olliepolly Fri 27-Dec-19 21:41:52

I’m here for the roller coaster ride too. DS will try for Oxford Physics 2021.

Jano69 Sat 28-Dec-19 09:13:42

Hey @olliepolly good to have you with us - we were both on the Oxbridge 2019 thread this time last year!


olliepolly Sat 28-Dec-19 09:50:40

Yes we were DD2 had a shot at Cambridge HSPS, was interviewed but no offer , happy in Bristol now doing History and overall think for her the best outcome. DS is a completely different child ( obviously) and I think it could suit him but realise the whole thing is a bit of a lottery.
With DD we were v low key re college choice as did not want to get too invested and potentially disappointed , we are reading the alternative prospectus and will go to the summer ( July ) open day.

TheOnlyLivingBoyInNewCross Sat 28-Dec-19 10:04:47

<pokes nose round corner of thread>

DS might be considering it but is Maths/Physics- leaning at the moment so we are trying to be very low-key as the competition for those courses is SO fierce.

Jano69 Sat 28-Dec-19 10:05:32

Olliepolly pleased to hear your DD is happy - I hear lots of good stuff about Bristol.

DS was thrilled to get a Cambridge offer this time last year and devastated to lose it shortly after A Level results day. He's happy at Durham now.

DD wants to give Oxford her best shot but realistic about her chances.

Arewedone Sat 28-Dec-19 10:42:53

Have lots of friends dc waiting for Oxbridge offers in Jan, really keen to see the % given the low birth year this year and that we are coming from the Indy sector. Hard to believe it was only this time last year we were in same position.

Jano69 Sat 28-Dec-19 11:07:55

@Arewedone yes a year flies by so quickly - how has your DS enjoyed his first year at Oxford?

Jano69 Sat 28-Dec-19 11:33:18

ooops first term at Oxbridge....

Jano69 Sat 28-Dec-19 11:33:59


Arewedone Sat 28-Dec-19 11:50:58

Hey Jano,DS has absolutely loved his first term he was so ready for Uni. It’s really set the bar for Dd , before she was looking at LSE and Imperial but now really wants Oxford I do worry as the selection process is so unpredictable.

Jano69 Sat 28-Dec-19 12:01:35

Arewedone So pleased to hear your DS is enjoying his time at Oxford and your DD is game on for the 2021 challenge. 😊

Unformidable Sat 04-Jan-20 11:22:28

Thanks Jano69

I hope to learn lots. DS is still saying the concept of uni is nebulous 😀

Baaaahhhhh Sun 05-Jan-20 14:36:33

Jano69 DD2 also aspiring to History at Oxford, but with Ancient History. Visited already last term, and was very relaxed about it all, but went with DD1, and we have all spent time there with DD1, so already knew it and the system quite well.

DD1 graduated 2018, so done and dusted with Oxford and now out in the world of work.

We will be visiting Cambridge too in July, just for comparison.

olliepolly Wed 15-Jan-20 20:12:14

Reading this weeks oxbridge threads and thinking the next year will fly by. Also this thread needs bumping up the list again.

raspberryrippleicecream Wed 15-Jan-20 20:26:51

I'll join in please. DS2 is considering applying, either Maths or Music, leaning towards Maths I think.

DS1 applied for Physics a few years ago, but really only because school was very keen. His heart was elsewhere and wasn't that devastated to not be invited to interview after the PAT test.

peppersaunt Thu 16-Jan-20 19:16:57

I’d like to join as well!

DD is leaning towards Natural Sciences (Chemistry) at Cambridge so no competition then...

We didn’t go to uni in the UK so are totally at sea as to the whole process.

Cotonshaded Sat 18-Jan-20 16:43:36

My ds is thinking of Cambridge (natural sciences /maths) and is off on a school tour next month - we've only just started looking at the various college websites though and we feel really behind everyone else! We have no clue which colleges to look at for open days/applications.. does anyone know what's the best way for him to get some background info on the merits of each?

sandybayley Sat 18-Jan-20 17:26:24

@peppersaunt - DS1 has just received an offer for Chemistry at Oxford. He looked at NatSci at Cambridge but decided there wasn't enough Chemistry in it for him. Make sure your DD looks at the NatSci course content carefully take sure it's what she really wants.

sandybayley Sat 18-Jan-20 17:33:02

@Cotonshaded - Open Days will be useful, both the whole university and departmental ones.

DS1 drew up a shortlist of colleges based on things that mattered to him. Location (proximity to labs for STEM degrees), sports teams etc. But....

He got reallocated to another college which he received an offer from. It wasn't t on his list but when he stayed there he fell in love with it.

So don't stress too much about colleges as the outcome may not be one you can influence.

peppersaunt Sun 19-Jan-20 10:54:48

@sandybayley congratulations on your DS’ offer and thank you for the heads-up!

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