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    (Original post by alow)
    Maths with Physics tho

    Although yeah, IA NatSci is hell.
    As a matter of fact, just before i saw your post i was reading through the cambridge maths with physics course and it seemed really interesting! I now have a decision to make which I'll make when i start my A levels It is more appealing than NatSci.
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    (Original post by ANNEYAYA)
    Hi! My name's Anne (kinda obvious from the nickname)
    11 A*; gonna do Chemisty, Bio, Maths, History
    I would like to do Medicine
    I participate in school musicals as extra-cirriculars; also like tennis and badminton. I absolutely love physics (espcially Astronomy), too, but was told that's not needed for Medicine that much. I think I would like to organise an expedition across the Himalayas/Andes.
    College: Epsom College, Surrey
    Why Oxford: was fascinated by it since I was a child! My older brother tried getting there but he started college right after coming put of the Russian educational system, so they didn't take him, apparently (don't know how that worked). I've read so much about it - for instance, their online volunteer mission to translate the ancient Egyptian scrolls among which a play about Exodus was found.

    But now I'm nervous, cuz people always say A Levels are hell! I'm willing to work hard, and study almost all the time.
    You're definitely on track! Good luck!
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    What did you get at GCSE? 1 A^ (Further Maths), 10 A*, 1 A
    What A levels will you be studying? Maths, Further Maths, Computer Science, and Physics
    What course will you be applying for? Maths and Computer Science or Computer Science (undecied)
    What extra-curricular activities do you do? I enjoy country walks, eating food and sleeping
    Any colleges you're interested in? And why? Oriel / Christ Church
    Why Oxford and not Cambridge? Maths and Computer Science at Cambridge is only in the first year but I need to visit Cambridge before making a complete decision
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    You keen beans! :eek: :headfire:

    Any questions about Music at Oxford, or Woosta (Worcester) College, do feel free to PM me! Bear in mind though that I'm an alumna (so not currently there) and that the music course has changed since I left :yes:
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    Hey everyone ,
    what did you get at GCSE - 7A's and 4B's
    what a levels will you be studying - Biology , Chemistry and Geography and EPQ
    What course - Medicine
    Extra- curricular - volunteering , online courses , reading self- development books and playing badminton but not for a club ( hopefully I will be soon)
    Colleges - not sure yet may UCL
    Why oxford - Why Not !!!!
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    (Original post by ZH786)
    Hey everyone ,
    what did you get at GCSE - 7A's and 4B's
    what a levels will you be studying - Biology , Chemistry and Geography and EPQ
    What course - Medicine
    Extra- curricular - volunteering , online courses , reading self- development books and playing badminton but not for a club ( hopefully I will be soon)
    Colleges - not sure yet may UCL
    Why oxford - Why Not !!!!
    You are aware of the pre-interview selection criteria and the sliding scale of BMAT/A*s at GCSE right? I'm not sure you'd realistically stand a shot at getting to the interview stage, let alone getting an offer/meeting it.

    Since medicine is so competitive and you only can apply to four medical schools, you might be better off rethinking :sadnod:
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    What did you get at GCSE? 11A* and 1A
    What A levels will you be studying? Biology, Chemistry, Maths
    What course will you be applying for? Medicine
    What extra-curricular activities do you do? Swimming, work experience, volunteering, online courses
    Any colleges you're interested in? And why? not really looked
    Why Oxford and not Cambridge? not certain about this I just like the look of Oxford over Cambridge when I went to an Oxbridge conference, and I feel my GCSE results are strong which I know oxford like
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    (Original post by kennethdcharles)
    So this thread is for anyone who is thinking of applying to Oxford next autumn for 2018 entry. Fairly early I suppose, but since the Cambridge one is up, I thought I'd make an Oxford one! Since we are about to embark on our A levels, I guess this could serve as extra motivation to ensure we meet those entry requirements needed for our chosen courses. Feel free to talk about any aspect of Oxford.

    To start off, icebreakers:
    What did you get at GCSE?
    What A levels will you be studying?
    What course will you be applying for?
    What extra-curricular activities do you do?
    Any colleges you're interested in? And why?
    Why Oxford and not Cambridge?

    I guess I'll start:

    GCSEs - 7A*s 4As 1B
    A level choices - Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Economics and EPQ
    Course - Physics
    Extra-curricular stuff - Football, school council, prefect, running, athleticsCollege: Christ Church or University College (both nice, plus Stephen Hawkin went to University College! 😅)
    Why Oxford? Easy for me, Cambridge does Natural Sciences and not Physics, I don't want to do a degree in all the sciences, I just want to do physics.

    Good luck with your A levels, as well as applying when the time comes eventually!

    Useful links:Application tips:
    http://www.thecompleteuniversityguid...and-cambridge/
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education...r-success.html
    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki...(aka_Oxbridge)
    Courses: https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/unde...g?wssl=1Oxford Website: https://www.ox.ac.uk/Course statistics: http://www.unistats.com/Institutions...o/Institutions
    What did you get at GCSE?
    5 A*'s, 4 A's, 1 B
    (A* English language, A Maths)
    What A levels will you be studying?
    Biology, Geography, Politics, Psychology

    What course will you be applying for?
    Law 3 year
    What extra-curricular activities do you do?
    A lot of volunteering and I've watched some court cases and applied for work experience in Chambers/Solicitors
    Any colleges you're interested in? And why?
    St Johns, spoke to somebody who goes there who recommends it, and Worcester (same reason)
    Why Oxford and not Cambridge?

    Oxford is more vibrant and exciting than Cambridge and I feel it would suit me more.
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    (Original post by jazz_xox_)
    What did you get at GCSE? 11A* and 1A
    What A levels will you be studying? Biology, Chemistry, Maths and maybe RS
    What course will you be applying for? Medicine
    What extra-curricular activities do you do? Swimming, and looking into volunteering
    Any colleges you're interested in? And why? not really looked
    Why Oxford and not Cambridge? not certain about this I just like the look of Oxford over Cambridge and my gcse results made people tell me that an Oxford application would be stronger as they are quite gcse heavy


    One question, in my GCSE's for English language, my school did a WJEC Level 1/ Level 2 Certificate which we were assured is a GCSE equivalent and we would face no problems in the future, I did get an A* but is this okay as it isn't an actual GCSE? on my results in also says 'certificate in certificate' rather than 'certificate in English language' but I think this is a typo by the school as they reprinted our results
    I'm pretty sure it will be okay however you should look at the Oxford website as they will be accurate. If it's an equivalent it should be fine. Congrats on those fantastic GCSEs!
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    (Original post by scarlotta1134)
    What did you get at GCSE?
    5 A*'s, 4 A's, 1 B
    (A* English language, A Maths)
    What A levels will you be studying?
    Biology, Geography, Politics, Psychology

    What course will you be applying for?
    Law 3 year
    What extra-curricular activities do you do?
    A lot of volunteering and I've watched some court cases and applied for work experience in Chambers/Solicitors
    Any colleges you're interested in? And why?
    St Johns, spoke to somebody who goes there who recommends it, and Worcester (same reason)
    Why Oxford and not Cambridge?

    Oxford is more vibrant and exciting than Cambridge and I feel it would suit me more.
    Nice extra curriculars and work experience!
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    Kenneth is 9 A stars and a B not fantastic enough grades for oxford?
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    (Original post by Handwritingman)
    Kenneth is 9 A stars and a B not fantastic enough grades for oxford?
    It's definite!y good enough😂
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    (Original post by kennethdcharles)
    I'm pretty sure it will be okay however you should look at the Oxford website as they will be accurate. If it's an equivalent it should be fine. Congrats on those fantastic GCSEs!
    Okay great thanks and thank you!!
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    (Original post by The_Lonely_Goatherd)
    You are aware of the pre-interview selection criteria and the sliding scale of BMAT/A*s at GCSE right? I'm not sure you'd realistically stand a shot at getting to the interview stage, let alone getting an offer/meeting it.

    Since medicine is so competitive and you only can apply to four medical schools, you might be better off rethinking :sadnod:
    Hi I was just wondering if applying to only 4 medical schools applies to everyone or was specific to the person you were replying to? I've just never heard of this before
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    (Original post by jazz_xox_)
    Hi I was just wondering if applying to only 4 medical schools applies to everyone or was specific to the person you were replying to? I've just never heard of this before
    Yeah it's everyone, your 5th application has to be to a none medical school eg biology biochemistry etc.
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    Heya guys, tbh I feel like my GCSEs are a bit on the low side for Oxford But if you don't take the risk you'll never know - right?

    What did you get at GCSE? 6A*s, 3As, B
    What A levels will you be studying? Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Computing and possibly an EPQ (I also might take a language outside of school)
    What course will you be applying for? Physics or Maths (I don't know yet...) and maybe combined with Philosophy? What extra-curricular activities do you do? I'm a youth leader at my youth group, I play 5 instruments (but I've taken no gradings so I should probably get round to it soon). I used to co-lead my school's choir (I'm moving for 6th form...). I'm also in charge of a Facebook page for something weird. I've also read a lot of Physics/Maths books and I've been a non-paid leader at a sleepaway camp. Any colleges you're interested in? And why? I haven't started checking out colleges yet! Why Oxford and not Cambridge? Because I'm pretty certain about doing Physics and I don't really like the sound of Nat Sci.
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    (Original post by iwishicouldfly14)
    Heya guys, tbh I feel like my GCSEs are a bit on the low side for Oxford But if you don't take the risk you'll never know - right?

    What did you get at GCSE? 6A*s, 3As, B
    What A levels will you be studying? Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Computing and possibly an EPQ (I also might take a language outside of school)
    What course will you be applying for? Physics or Maths (I don't know yet...) and maybe combined with Philosophy? What extra-curricular activities do you do? I'm a youth leader at my youth group, I play 5 instruments (but I've taken no gradings so I should probably get round to it soon). I used to co-lead my school's choir (I'm moving for 6th form...). I'm also in charge of a Facebook page for something weird. I've also read a lot of Physics/Maths books and I've been a non-paid leader at a sleepaway camp. Any colleges you're interested in? And why? I haven't started checking out colleges yet! Why Oxford and not Cambridge? Because I'm pretty certain about doing Physics and I don't really like the sound of Nat Sci.
    Finally another physics/maths applicant If you take a look here, i think you will find that your GCSEs aren't on the low side: https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&so...8AoH3YzeC0-iew
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    What did you get at GCSE? 11 A*s, also an A* in EPQ

    What A levels will you be studying? Maths, Further Maths, Physics and English Literature

    What course will you be applying for? Physics and Philosophy (tho I would love just physics as well)

    What extra-curricular activities do you do? Err, a fair bit of music related stuff, R/C plane building, MUN and prolific (if i do say so myself) school newspaper writer

    Any colleges you're interested in? And why? No idea, in the slightest yet,

    Why Oxford and not Cambridge?Physics > Natsci imo (plus the philosophy option), and the bodleian library looks gorgeous (I like reading, sue me)
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    GCSEs: 8A*s and 3As
    Sixth form plans: doing the IB with maths, physics and chemistry at hl
    Course interested in: Physics
    Why oxford not cambridge? Prefer the physics course over nat sci although that could still end up being an option.
    Anyone got any reading suggestions for physics?
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    How common is it for applicants to have like 13+ A*s?
 
 
 
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