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    (Original post by NHSFan)
    Oxford are renowned for being real 'GCSE Nazis'. Cambridge is more lenient with GCSEs, so perhaps she (?) would be better off finding a suitable course to apply for there.
    I'm actually a guy ahaha.. I think I will speak to both universities. I never dreamed of being in this position, so all this information is so useful!
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    Did you resit any exams? If so, how many? (just curious )
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    (Original post by hellomynameisr)
    Did you resit any exams? If so, how many? (just curious )
    I resat the first unit of economics to bump it from a B to an A. I think someone told me once that Oxbridge hate people resitting? Is this true?
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    (Original post by jezzaroonie)
    I resat the first unit of economics to bump it from a B to an A. I think someone told me once that Oxbridge hate people resitting? Is this true?
    I don't think they mind 1-3 resits but any more than that would raise some questions. However, since you are going to be a gap year applicant, they wouldn't know about your resits
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    (Original post by hellomynameisr)
    I don't think they mind 1-3 resits but any more than that would raise some questions. However, since you are going to be a gap year applicant, they wouldn't know about your resits
    Phew do you know if Oxbridge look kindly upon gap years? I realise some people consider it a wasted year?
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    (Original post by jezzaroonie)
    Phew do you know if Oxbridge look kindly upon gap years? I realise some people consider it a wasted year?
    As long as you use it prodcutively (relevant work experience, reading and those kind of supercurriculars), they shouldn't mind. In fact, I know quite a few reapplicants to Oxford, Not for E&M/PPE but still, they did things relevant to their subject (I think it was languages) and they got in!
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    (Original post by hellomynameisr)
    As long as you use it prodcutively (relevant work experience, reading and those kind of supercurriculars), they shouldn't mind. In fact, I know quite a few reapplicants to Oxford, Not for E&M/PPE but still, they did things relevant to their subject (I think it was languages) and they got in!
    aah.. I am planning to cycle across four continents. Perhaps I could cycle to pursue political world peace ahahhaha?
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    (Original post by jezzaroonie)
    aah.. I am planning to cycle across four continents. Perhaps I could cycle to pursue political world peace ahahhaha?
    Try to swing it in a way that made you seem you did things relevant to your course :lol: get the person doing your reference to do that somehow. Plus, I'm sure the most important thing (for Oxford) would be the admissions test. Not sure if it is the TSA? So if you can get high in it (top 25% of applicants), you should be guaranteed an interview.
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    (Original post by hellomynameisr)
    Try to swing it in a way that made you seem you did things relevant to your course :lol: get the person doing your reference to do that somehow. Plus, I'm sure the most important thing (for Oxford) would be the admissions test. Not sure if it is the TSA? So if you can get high in it (top 25% of applicants), you should be guaranteed an interview.
    Thank you! I have been reading an awful lot about PPE and I don't seem to be a suitable candidate. Whilst the maths isn't difficult for a student with AS or A level maths, it would be for someone who struggles with basic differentiation I may try and find an alternative course which requires less math intuition
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    (Original post by jezzaroonie)
    Thank you! I have been reading an awful lot about PPE and I don't seem to be a suitable candidate. Whilst the maths isn't difficult for a student with AS or A level maths, it would be for someone who struggles with basic differentiation I may try and find an alternative course which requires less math intuition
    No worries, people applying to Oxbridge really inspire me, especially as you are a post A-level candidate Good luck with your gap year

    I shall possibly see you there if I make the cut for Physics this year ( I am going into year 13)
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    (Original post by hellomynameisr)
    No worries, people applying to Oxbridge really inspire me, especially as you are a post A-level candidate Good luck with your gap year

    I shall possibly see you there if I make the cut for Physics this year ( I am going into year 13)
    Ah! Totally go for it!! I was expecting BBB for A2, spent 8 hours a day in my cities library 6 days a week during study leave and ended up not doing too badly.
    Although if i had taken physics, I would have undoubtedly failed with flying colours.
    Goodluck!!
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    (Original post by jezzaroonie)
    Yeah, I'm starting to think that too. Unfortunately, I love the theory side of economics, not the mathsy part. Thanks for the advice, kinda hit the nail on the head
    You could apply to PPE and do AS or AS+A2 Maths in your gap year?
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    (Original post by anonwinner)
    You could apply to PPE and do AS or AS+A2 Maths in your gap year?
    Honestly, that is a great idea.. but I am taking a gap year to get away from studying, not to study more. Although, I will definitely think about it.
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    (Original post by jezzaroonie)
    Honestly, that is a great idea.. but I am taking a gap year to get away from studying, not to study more. Although, I will definitely think about it.
    AS Maths would only take a few of hours of self-studying per week to get an A (use http://www.examsolutions.net/).

    I would definitely do this if I were you!
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    I'm sorry if this sounds rude but based off what I heard you don't stand a very likely chance because apparently they look at GCSEs more and the ratio of A*s?



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    (Original post by jezzaroonie)
    Thanks for your reply. A lot of crucial info. While I am OK at maths, I wouldn't say I have a budding interest in it. I will definitely have to speak to them and discuss how intense the mathematics involved in the course is. Thanks again!
    Economics at Cambridge is very maths-heavy. Without a-level maths, you won't be even invited for interview and most of successful applicants have done Further Maths, too, majority if them with high-A* in them. In some way, how you're good at a-level maths (and preferably FM, too) is even more important than a-level economics. If you don't like maths very much, you may not enjoy their economics course.

    You'll have to think about it very carefully since you already have an offer at another university which you'll have to give up if you're reapplying.
    Your grades are good (not counting good grades in maths/fm) but they will not stand out among competitive Cambridge applicants, so there's no guarantee of getting an offer from them. All successful applicants very strong maths grades under their belt as they'll need it for their course.
    So My biggest worry is you're not very keen on maths, and if you much prefer theoretical side of economics, there are many other universities that may offer that.
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    (Original post by hellomynameisr)
    I don't think they mind 1-3 resits but any more than that would raise some questions. However, since you are going to be a gap year applicant, they wouldn't know about your resits
    Yes they would, you have to include all your resits on your UCAS application
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    I am in the same sort of position: got A * A* A with v high UMS - predicted A* A A and my offer for my firm was A A A. Wonder if I should try for Cambridge next year & give up my existing offer - but scared in case I get rejected, not so much by Cambridge as other unis! EG, would my firm turn round & say 'You rejected us last time, go away?' Subject is Philosophy..
    Called Cambridge Admissions & they said if I already have a good uni, it's not worth the risk since already having the grades (my subject offer grade is A* A A) makes very little, if no difference. Struggle to see why that is, tbh! I know other things matter too, but my PS & ref are said to be 'outstanding' & school (state sixth form) say they would support me 100%. Just don't know what to do & clock is ticking...
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    I am in the same sort of position: got A * A* A with v high UMS - predicted A* A A and my offer for my firm was A A A. Wonder if I should try for Cambridge next year & give up my existing offer - but scared in case I get rejected, not so much by Cambridge as other unis! EG, would my firm turn round & say 'You rejected us last time, go away?' Subject is Philosophy..
    Called Cambridge Admissions & they said if I already have a good uni, it's not worth the risk since already having the grades (my subject offer grade is A* A A) makes very little, if no difference. Struggle to see why that is, tbh! I know other things matter too, but my PS & ref are said to be 'outstanding' & school (state sixth form) say they would support me 100%. Just don't know what to do & clock is ticking...
    As per my answer in your other thread: it's your choice.

    But just to be clear: your current university will not hold a grudge and is likely to re-offer you if you do decide to re-apply in your gap year.
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    (Original post by jezzaroonie)
    Yeah, I'm starting to think that too. Unfortunately, I love the theory side of economics, not the mathsy part. Thanks for the advice, kinda hit the nail on the head
    Look at Cambridge land Ec
 
 
 
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