Interviews are crucial in distinguishing between highly qualified applicants who are strongly supported by their schools or colleges.

Clearly, interviews have to be challenging, and you can expect to be asked testing, thought-provoking questions. The interviewers will invite you to speculate, to think on your feet, to discuss problems to which there are often no easy or neat solutions. We are interested in your ability to think for yourself, not in how much you can remember.

We know that candidates are nervous, and make allowances for this. We want you to feel confident enough to express your own views and talk about your own interests. The whole point of interviews is to give the interviewers a sense of the individuality and potential of each student - something that no exam paper can reflect.

Most candidates have two interviews. Each lasts about half-an-hour. One will be with the Director of Studies who is responsible for that subject in the College, the other with College teachers in a related subject. Both will focus on your academic interests but will range widely around that, depending on subject.