Items assessed pre-interview
- GCSE grades (or equivalent)
- AS grades if available
- Predicted A level grades/ International Bacc. Scores (or equivalent)
- Contextual data (where available) on factors that might affect academic performance
- Referees’ reports
Evidence from personal statement of interest in and academic potential for Biochemistry
All candidates are assessed by a central panel and ranked on these items prior to shortlisting.
Items assessed at interview
- Interest in/enthusiasm for biochemistry
- Ability to describe/discuss a topic of mutual interest
- Ability to describe/analyse novel information
- Ability to extrapolate from novel information
Reasoning and problem solving ability
All candidates can expect to be interviewed by representatives of two different Colleges.
Criteria for not inviting candidates for interview
The Department aims to shortlist for interview approximately three applicants per place. Usually this means that a majority of candidates are summoned for interview.
An applicant may not be shortlisted if either their application is judged to meet one of the following criteria:
- Their application gives good cause to doubt that they will meet the typical offer (A*AA at A2 level or the equivalent);
- Their personal statement indicates that biochemistry is not their preferred course of study;
or their application is judged to meet more than one of the following criteria:
- Uncompetitive results in official examinations, especially GCSE or its equivalent;
- Uncompetitive results predicted, or already obtained, in A2 level or equivalent examinations;
- An uncompetitive UCAS referee’s statement.