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    I didn't really think of Oxford as somewhere of applying to, I never felt that I was really smart enough for it. At GCSE I got 7 A*s and 5 As, which boosted my confidence a lot, and then once at college a few of my teachers started talking to me about how I should definitely strive to go to Oxbridge.

    So, I applied for the UNIQ Summer School at Oxford, which some people told me is almost as hard to get into as the uni haha. I was ecstatic to find out that I'd been accepted for the geography summer school! After going I completely fell in love with the uni and community in Oxford.

    Then came AS results day. I kind of knew I'd underperformed in maths, I really didn't feel confident at all in the exams. I got an A in geography (with full UMS in the main paper, and 80ish percent in the skills paper), an A in English lit, and a B in maths. I also do economics, but that's a two year course (my teachers predicting me an A*). I'm dropping English because I'm also applying to LSE for a joint honours in Economics and Geography, which you need maths for. I've decided to retake C1 and C2, and should hopefully end up with an A in maths overall. Will this be a massive hinderence to my application for Geography at Oxford?

    Thanks in advance

    'Massive hinderence' is probably an exaggeration. It's true that Oxford is one of the most competitive unis in the UK (even in the world!), but getting a B in a subject at AS won't mean you have no chance of getting in. I think you have to remember that applications are considered holistically, meaning that grades only form one part of your application. If you have good predicted grades, a well written personal statement, a good reference, do well in the admissions test and interview, you'd probably still be given an offer even if you got a B or C at an AS subject.

    Essentially, what I'm trying to say is that whilst straight As are always nice to have, you can still definitely get in even if you get a few Bs or a C as long as you do well in other aspects of your application! In any case, go for it, because if you don't you'll never know what would have happened!

    Edit: Also, your GCSE results are VERY GOOD, so don't be put off by one grade that isn't perfect! B is still good after all, and the fact you got As in the other subjects means you'll probably be fine!
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