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    Thinking of applying to do PPE, grade wise I got 4 A*s, 3 A's, 2 B's at GCSE and AABB at AS in Maths, History, English Literature and French. Any suggestions on colleges?
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    (Original post by Plagioclase)
    Sorry, I don't know! They've written a bit on how the TSA is used here but there's not a lot of detail. There's nothing here about a particular threshold so if I were forced to guess, I'd say they probably view the application as a whole when deciding who to invite but I honestly don't know!

    Edit: Here, they say they use "past and predicted exam results, school reports, personal statements and the pre-interview test" when deciding who to interview, so it's not just the TSA that's used. I don't know the relative importance though.
    Do you also know about the importance of the LNAT to a law application? I'v not found much myself. Thanks for any help
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    (Original post by STATER)
    I finished my A2's this year and currently on a gap year. I got 4A's (Maths, Physics, Economics, Native language) and an EPQ A*.
    I was considering applying to Oxford for physics. I'm doing further maths this year and re-sitting maths to attempt the A*. Since my A2 grades were weak, and don't meet the standard A*AA offer, is there any hope that they would accept a resit in maths and an extra subject in further maths? I self taught the whole maths course from AS to A2 because I was in an extremely weak and slow class, which barely finished the course before the exams started. I think I was the only person in that class to get an A. I also sat AS further maths (in my A2 year), but only got a B due to a poor S3 performance ( 54 UMS). Again, I self taught everything. This year, I'm planning to do FM with the guidance of a tutor.
    Now I'm wondering, do I have any kind of slim chance? I'd have to put in a lot of extra work right now just to apply to Oxford, so I'm curious if my application would be strong enough for it to be worthwhile.
    We would suggest a direct enquiry to Physics to get advice on this question:

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    Its come to our attention that Phoebe Aldridge (of Archers fame) is applying to read PPE at Oxford instead of going back to New Age travelling after leaving school. We are all waiting to see what college she chooses - unless Phoebe opts for an open application. We are thinking of writing to ask her for advice dealing with our resident fox. Dum de dum de dum de dum ...
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    I've never considered applying to Oxford before, but after getting my AS results (93%, 96%, 100% and 93.5% in maths, chemistry, english lit. and geography respectively, will be predicted A*A*A*A*), I've started to think about it (looking to study chemistry).

    However, I'm put off largely by the interview process and also my relatively poor GCSEs (2A*s[French & additional science], 6As and a C [in English lit.]). Could anyone give any advice on the interviews? And how much of a disadvantage would I be in with my poor GCSEs?

    With no aptitude/admissions test, would chemistry admissions be decided almost completely upon interview performance?
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    (Original post by itsConnor_)
    I've never considered applying to Oxford before, but after getting my AS results (93%, 96%, 100% and 93.5% in maths, chemistry, english lit. and geography respectively, will be predicted A*A*A*A*), I've started to think about it (looking to study chemistry).

    However, I'm put off largely by the interview process and also my relatively poor GCSEs (2A*s[French & additional science], 6As and a C [in English lit.]). Could anyone give any advice on the interviews? And how much of a disadvantage would I be in with my poor GCSEs?

    With no aptitude/admissions test, would chemistry admissions be decided almost completely upon interview performance?
    Well done on your grades! Seeing as your UMS are so high and you're concerned about your GCSEs, have you considered Cambridge? They care less about GCSEs and more about UMS, whereas Oxford care more about your profile over UMS. Seeing as you have such high AS, I don't see why your GCSEs would be a problem however
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    Is Oxford known to raise offers from those that are shown on its website? Particularly for Engineering Science, which requires A*A*A?
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    (Original post by tanyapotter)
    Is Oxford known to raise offers from those that are shown on its website? Particularly for Engineering Science, which requires A*A*A?
    As far as I know, no. Colleges aren't supposed to deviate from those standard offers.
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    (Original post by antigone-)
    Well done on your grades! Seeing as your UMS are so high and you're concerned about your GCSEs, have you considered Cambridge? They care less about GCSEs and more about UMS, whereas Oxford care more about your profile over UMS. Seeing as you have such high AS, I don't see why your GCSEs would be a problem however
    Thanks for the response. I don't think I can apply for Cambridge as they offer the Natural Sciences course and I've only studied two maths/science subjects (maths and chemistry).
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    (Original post by itsConnor_)
    Thanks for the response. I don't think I can apply for Cambridge as they offer the Natural Sciences course and I've only studied two maths/science subjects (maths and chemistry).
    The undergraduate admissions page says "at least two science/mathematics A Levels/IB Higher Levels", so that should be fine for you! Besides your average is like 95% :O
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    Seeing as you are dishing out all the juicy statistics out for other subjects, would you be able to shed some light on fine art figures of anything that may be of interest please?
    (Original post by BrasenoseAdm)
    I'm afraid we don't offer places for Music. The Humanities Division is seeking to concentrate the smaller subjects in fewer colleges and Brasenose took the decision to increase Fine Art quota (instead of having a mixed Fine art and Music quota) as part of this process.
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    (Original post by itsConnor_)
    I've never considered applying to Oxford before, but after getting my AS results (93%, 96%, 100% and 93.5% in maths, chemistry, english lit. and geography respectively, will be predicted A*A*A*A*), I've started to think about it (looking to study chemistry).

    However, I'm put off largely by the interview process and also my relatively poor GCSEs (2A*s[French & additional science], 6As and a C [in English lit.]). Could anyone give any advice on the interviews? And how much of a disadvantage would I be in with my poor GCSEs?

    With no aptitude/admissions test, would chemistry admissions be decided almost completely upon interview performance?
    I don't know about Chemistry, but Earth Sciences has a similar situation in that they don't have an admissions test. What the Earth Sciences department says is that they use your results to basically check that you're a serious applicant (which most people seem to be given that they interview practically everybody) and from then on, it's mostly about your interview performance. Obviously I don't know if the same applies to Chemistry but I wouldn't be surprised if it did. You will almost certainly get an interview, particularly if you mention your AS UMS in your reference. You can find the official admissions criteria here but it's all very generic, the kind of thing most science departments write.
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    (Original post by Omni Vanitas)
    The undergraduate admissions page says "at least two science/mathematics A Levels/IB Higher Levels", so that should be fine for you! Besides your average is like 95% :O
    They also say that some colleges require a third maths/science subject and that "To make full use of the flexibility of the Natural Sciences course, it’s helpful to have a strong knowledge base across a wide range of science/mathematics subjects.". I also feel like pretty much all of my competition would have 3/4 maths/science subjects..maybe I'm wrong though, I'll look into the course.

    Do you think my GCSEs would hinder my application to Oxford so much so that it would not be worth applying (completely understand if yes)? And do Oxford not really look at AS UMS scores?
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    (Original post by Plagioclase)
    I don't know about Chemistry, but Earth Sciences has a similar situation in that they don't have an admissions test. What the Earth Sciences department says is that they use your results to basically check that you're a serious applicant (which most people seem to be given that they interview practically everybody) and from then on, it's mostly about your interview performance. Obviously I don't know if the same applies to Chemistry but I wouldn't be surprised if it did. You will almost certainly get an interview, particularly if you mention your AS UMS in your reference. You can find the official admissions criteria here but it's all very generic, the kind of thing most science departments write.
    Thanks for the response. Yes, I thought the interview would be pretty important, but my thought process is that it's only 1/5 options and I wouldn't be expecting to get an offer anyways (might as well try sort of thing). Do you think my relatively poor GCSEs should be something I should consider before applying (2A*s,6As [and 2 disctinctions in ICT but w/e])?
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    (Original post by itsConnor_)
    Thanks for the response. Yes, I thought the interview would be pretty important, but my thought process is that it's only 1/5 options and I wouldn't be expecting to get an offer anyways (might as well try sort of thing). Do you think my relatively poor GCSEs should be something I should consider before applying (2A*s,6As [and 2 disctinctions in ICT but w/e])?
    As others have said, it's possible that you'd have a better chance at Cambridge but it's really tricky to say because whilst we know that Cambridge is very fussy about AS UMS (and yours is very good), I don't know what Oxford's priorities are. If they genuinely do totally base their decisions off the interview and you impress them then you could have a better chance at Oxford, who knows. If I were you, I'd apply for the course that interests you more given that there are pretty massive differences between what's offered at Cambridge and Oxford. With Cambridge, you've got a huge amount of flexibility in what you study but obviously, you can't specialise fully in Chemistry until Year 3. With Oxford, it's pure Chemistry from day one but you have to study all the major aspects of Chemistry for much of your course and there's fairly little flexibility, which is an advantage or disadvantage depending on what you want from your course.
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    (Original post by itsConnor_)
    I've never considered applying to Oxford before, but after getting my AS results (93%, 96%, 100% and 93.5% in maths, chemistry, english lit. and geography respectively, will be predicted A*A*A*A*), I've started to think about it (looking to study chemistry).

    However, I'm put off largely by the interview process and also my relatively poor GCSEs (2A*s[French & additional science], 6As and a C [in English lit.]). Could anyone give any advice on the interviews? And how much of a disadvantage would I be in with my poor GCSEs?

    With no aptitude/admissions test, would chemistry admissions be decided almost completely upon interview performance?
    Plagioclase is pretty much right, most people are interviewed for chemistry and selection is pretty heavy on the interview. Your GCSEs might hinder you slightly but definitely won't stop you. I'm a third year chemist and my GCSEs weren't far of yours (3A*6AB) and I didn't have your really good UMS - definitely mention them!

    It's true that oxford don't mechanistically use UMS or AS grades, but they will be noticed and I'd have thought that if tutors did have concerns about GCSEs your strong AS results would allay these fears.

    If I were you I'd pick solely on which course you prefer. Oxford's chemistry course is great, especially with the 4th year devoted to research, but it's also very inflexible so make sure you want to study chemistry for 4 years before you apply! If you've any questions about the course feel free to ask.
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    GCSE grades: 6A* 4A 2B (plus Distinction in Maths L2)
    A-Levels: AS- AAAB Predicted- A*A*A
    Course: Mathematics (G100)
    College: Open Application
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    (Original post by somnacin)
    Thank you! I'm thinking of Brasenose— supposedly has best food and a very pretty quad, plus the fact one of the profs co-authored one of my most favorite books on Emperor Hadrian. How about you?

    (p.s. lol yes, CAIS is just a blip in the int' school circuit. I've heard from others that IB is a soul-sucking monster, your thoughts?)
    Applying to New cause it has quite a few undergrad psychologists and one of their professors does research on a topic I'm interested in :-)
    IB is alright as long as you keep up with the deadlines, but if you don't it does get pretty bad hahahah.....

    How does your school do with Oxbridge applications? Do they tend to get students in yearly?
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    (Original post by rvas)
    Applying for Experimental Psychology! Am at South Island atm, taking the IB. What about you?
    yay another IB-er! 😄 what subjects are you taking?
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    (Original post by rvas)
    Applying to New cause it has quite a few undergrad psychologists and one of their professors does research on a topic I'm interested in :-)
    IB is alright as long as you keep up with the deadlines, but if you don't it does get pretty bad hahahah.....

    How does your school do with Oxbridge applications? Do they tend to get students in yearly?

    That is very cool! Here's to us getting in.

    Lol @ IB, I'm glad you're doing well.

    Since my school is Alberta-curriculum based, most of the graduated classes have went to Canada (U of Toronto and U of British Columbia is very popular) but in these few years some of us are foraying into UK. I think I may (along with another girl) be the first ones applying to Oxford? Being a pioneer, lol. But I've scheduled some mock-interviews with my Ancient History teacher, so it's all good.

    How about South Island? I've heard that ESF schools have a very good reputation for getting their students into HKU, State Ivies and Russell Group Unis.
 
 
 
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