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Are these GCSEs good enough for Oxford/Cambridge

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    Hi,

    This year I achieved 7A*s and 3As in my GCSE with my grades as follows:Chemistry-A* Biology-A* Physics-A* Computing- A* English Lang-A* RS-A* English Lit-A Maths-A Business Studies-A* French-A

    Will these paired with an excellent set of A-Levels and BMAT Score be enough to get me into Oxbridge. If not, will it be enough for medical schools in general. Thanks.
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    I don't know for Medicine as that is ultra competitive but I know for Law at Oxford those GCSEs would definitely be good enough.
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    "Will these paired with an excellent set of A-Levels and BMAT Score be enough to get me into Oxbridge?"

    Probably, yes - although the interview will also matter quite a lot. I think 7 A*s is slightly below the average medicine applicant, but obviously people get in who had below average GCSEs. Also they (I know Oxford do, not sure about Cambridge) take into account where you did your GCSEs - i.e. if you got 4 A*s but nobody else at your school got A*s, that could be seen as just as good as someone getting 10 A*s where that was the norm at their school. (this is called contextualised information)

    "If not, will it be enough for medical schools in general. Thanks. "

    Yes, although many medical schools require UKCAT. Good grades/scores only get you to the interview stage, you still need to smash your interview.
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    (Original post by SunnysideSea)
    'Be enough to get me into Oxbridge'? GCSE grades don't get you into Oxford matey. They may help a little, but if you have, say, 6A*s, it's mainly down to your A Levels and how you perfom in their test and at interview. If you don't get in, it won't be because of your GCSEs, it will be because you weren't good enough in these aspects of your application.
    This is absolutely not the case. GCSEs are critical to medicine applications, particularly at oxford, and being well informed about what is required is vital.

    The info regarding oxford is here. Please make your own conclusions, but bear in mind that almost 2 in 3 medicine applicants get no offers at all: you can't afford to try 'just in case' - every choice counts.
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    (Original post by nexttime)
    This is absolutely not the case. GCSEs are critical to medicine applications, particularly at oxford, and being well informed about what is required is vital.

    The info regarding oxford is here. Please make your own conclusions, but bear in mind that almost 2 in 3 medicine applicants get no offers at all: you can't afford to try 'just in case' - every choice counts.
    You're quite right about medicine actually. Sorry, I was answering as if it was to a standard course. Oxford do indeed take GCSEs heavily into consideration for medicine, and as you can see say their 'mean number of A*s at GCSE was 10.6'. My bad. Though I would suggest that a ratio of 70% at A* is still very solid, and, dependent on your school average, it could well still be worth a shot.
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    (Original post by SunnysideSea)
    You're quite right about medicine actually. Sorry, I was answering as if it was to a standard course. Oxford do indeed take GCSEs heavily into consideration for medicine, and as you can see say their 'mean number of A*s at GCSE was 10.6'. My bad. Though I would suggest that a ratio of 70% at A* is still very solid, and, dependent on your school average, it could well still be worth a shot.
    Well I mean, it's right at the very bottom of where people start to stand a chance of an offer, but I think only the OP can decide how those slim chances compare to chances at other unis and how much attending oxford specifically really means to them.

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