Here's some advice about getting into the big two that's a little less 'be yourself' and a little more 'prepare like so'. I graduated from Oxford a couple of years ago and while I was there I worked at University open days and for my college as an interviews chaperone. I know the system, and in my next three posts I'll reveal what you need to do to get in.
Although 'special consideration' seems to imply a specific and tailored approach to each individual's needs, in actual fact there are blanket specifications every candidate must qualify for in order to receive it which will differ depending on your exam board, module and subject choice.
A spokesman from the Department for Education said, "It's right that minimum expectations of schools should continue to rise." In addition Michael Gove, the Education Secretary has said in the past that he wants to abolish GCSE's and introduce 'explicitly harder' O-Levels.
Another factor to consider is what specific subjects do universities require for entry? Obvious ones like Medicine require Biology and Chemistry, not so obvious is Mathematics as a pre-requisite for some Psychology courses.
For me, being an engineer is about putting science to work for the benefit of society. Being chosen as one of the Make it in Great Britain '30 Under 30' gives me the opportunity to describe what a career in manufacturing is really about. If you want to make society better, you should consider a career in manufacturing as one of the most rewarding ways to do it.
For some students opening their A-level results last Thursday it was a day of jubilation. Those managing to secure places at university will now spend the summer excitedly anticipating the beginning of Fresher's week and the next chapter of their lives. However for others, this may be a time of considerable uncertainty. As news emerges on the increasingly competitive nature of clearing and demand for university places continuing to outstrip supply, it is more important than ever for students to consider all the options available to them.
The salient issues are simply supply and demand - are we supplying the right number of graduates for the labour market? And of appropriateness - are we producing the right kinds to meet the needs of the labour market?
By not having good results, it changed my life entirely by leaving me to make my own decisions to go where I wanted, when I wanted and how I wanted. The freedom of doing what I wanted to do was a great spur.
On results day itself the UCAS system used by universities and colleges to process applicants experienced technical problems that meant those institutes weren't able to process decisions for over three hours.
Were you watching yesterday's live A Level results day webchat with David Willets on the Telegraph's website?