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    (Original post by LinguisticBoy)
    GCSE Grades: 7A* 2A
    A-level Subjects: Maths, History, French, German
    Course: Modern Languages- German and Beginner's Russian
    College: St John's

    We got very similar grades. (7A* 3A)
    And we're doing exactly the same subjects!! I want to study Law though.




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    (Original post by tilly5798)
    Thank you for replying-

    I know my GCSE grades are quite low, but will i have a better chance if i do well in my AS Levels?
    Yes a good AS performance will definitely help your application.

    If you want to go to Oxford and you think you can take the pace then you should definitely give it your all.

    However, in my experience nothing you read online (even at TSR ) will give you a better feel as to whether you are good enough, or whether Oxford is right for you, than going to an Open Day and talking to the teachers and current students in your subject.

    There will be talks about all aspects of the course, the amount of work and the practicalities; but there will also be a chance to ask people who were once in the same position as you are now what it's like and what to expect.

    As far as grades are concerned, you will be able to look the admissions people in they eye and ask them outright. They will probably tell you that a dodgy "C" can be overcome of you shine in other areas, but go there and speak to them, then you'll know.

    You are clearly very bright and you have the desire and so I would suggest that you aim high but be realistic. If it turns out that you are not right for Oxford, or Oxford for you, then at least you'll know.

    In the meantime research the back ups; really, really work your socks off and stay positive!

    G D'G
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    (Original post by jackherbert077)
    Oh, thank god, that is good news. Maths is my strong point anyway. I knew that no knowledge of computer science was required to do the course, but I thought that the fact that I took computing, then didn't do very well and dropped it would make them think that maybe I shouldn't be doing it.
    What would you say are the most important parts of my application? Is the main thing getting strong A's in maths, further maths and physics, and then doing a lot of extra reading to show a genuine interest for the subject?
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    Not my subject at all, but my cousin decided he wanted to get into Computing and so went to night school a couple of times a week to study it - I think it was an HNC or HND - a few years ago now.

    The point of mentioning this is that he was very quickly getting into programming and logic and understanding how computers worked (not applications but operating systems and internet). He didn't stop going on about it, which is why I remember...

    I am not sure if you will have time for this with your other studies but I am sure it would be beneficial and look good on your PS, even if you only did a couple of terms. Or maybe there's a Summer School out there.

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    Heya, I'm planning to go and Study MML Russian and Linguistics in 2016
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    Hey there! Think I'll just put this here;
    GCSE grades: 10A*
    AS levels: Biology, Chemistry, Maths (stats), History and Latin (not sure which of History/Latin I'm dropping in A level - wait for results day!) Plus EPQ
    Course: Biological Sciences
    College: Jesus College

    Anyone out there either planning to take biology, or is taking biology at Oxford? Or are they any people who currently go to Jesus College I can message? Thanks
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    How realistic are my chances of getting into Oxford? Be brutally honest with me!
    2A*s, 7A's, 2B's and 1C at GCSE, predicted A*AA at A Level.
    Currently predicted AAAA for AS - studying Biology, Chemistry, Maths and History (&EPQ); hoping to study Biomedical Science.
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    GCSE grades: 3A* 7A 1B
    AS grades: AAAA
    Predicted A-Level: A*A*A
    Course: Fine Art
    College: St Johns/Worcester

    *reapplying with foundation in art+design*
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    (Original post by Gerald DGrilla)
    In what subject were the Bs and the C?

    State or Indy?

    Does your school usually send many to Oxbridge?

    A*AA are good grades, and I wish you luck, but are you a super-duper superstar, do you genuinely study your socks off all the time and do you seriously read off syllabus?

    Once you get to Oxford it will be mahoosively hard work - could you cope with that? And I mean Proper Mahoosively!!

    Are you one of the very brightest and best of your generation?

    Many applicants will have 7*s and the rest As at GCSE and will get top marks at A Level - not just A*s but high marks within that top band.

    The 2 Bs and a C are not in themselves going to stop you getting an offer - but are they an indication that you are very good, but not Oxbridge material - there are many that are the Right Stuff and who don't get an offer. Just 2 A*s is also on the low side.

    The test/interview/reference/PS are all much bigger factors, so you should go for it, really you should, but only you can answer why you dropped those marks at GCSE - was it an unfortunate and atypical 'screw up on that Drama paper' or were you only worth a C in, say, History? If it is the latter, you might well be better lowering your sights.

    The competition will be fierce, but go for it!

    Good luck.

    G D'G
    My B's were in DT (taken in year 9) and PE, the C was in French (taken in year 9).
    I go to a state school and few people from my school go to Oxbridge but the numbers are steadily increasing each year.
    But thank you, I will take on board what you said.
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    (Original post by Gerald DGrilla)
    - College: Not sure....

    ...thinking of the following, in this order:
    - Magdalen
    - Brasenose
    - St John's
    - New
    - Merton

    I like old and beautiful, interesting tutors, diverse people, college wealth, library, quiet, central... Prefer smaller, friendlier, but Magdalen and New blew me away when I visited!
    I realise this is quite old, but thought I'd comment on the interesting tutors thing - the New College tutors are definitely that (I don't do Classics, but one of my best friends does).
    I'm sure all the college tutors are though, so the best thing to do is to go to an open day and speak to a current student at the college.
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    Is anyone considering doing oriental studies?
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    anyone hoping to apply to Oxford for medicine?
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    Hello, I do
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    Glad to finally be able to join a thread like this

    GCSEs: 12A*s
    A levels: Maths, Further Maths, History, Economics
    Course: Was thinking law for quite a while, then realised PPE is my dream course (': (Gunna be a bit weird going to UNIQ for Law, knowing I'm gunna apply for PPE xD)
    College: New, Brasenose, Trinity/ St John's? Heart's set on New though tbh.
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    I might as well join in the fun
    GCSE's: 6A*s, 6A's, somehow top of my year
    AS levels; French, Spanish, Maths and English Lit
    Predicted A's, but we'll see
    I really want to do French and Spanish at Oxford, but Linguistics seems really interesting too!
    If anyone has any relevant personal experience of these courses, or wants to promote their college for these subjects, please message me
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    Anyone applying for History/History joint honours...?


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    (Original post by Edminzodo)
    I'M SO CONFUSED. I fell in love with Oxford when I went there, but I can't go to the college I want to because of the subject I am doing, plus I don't think I will do brilliantly in my GCSEs but I think I will be fine at A-Level . . . I know I have a year to think about it but I really can't decide! As I'm applying for an obscure-ish subject (Japanese), I feel like I have a decent chance at either but Oxford looks more at GCSE results . . . Can you give me some advice, please?

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    Dw dude, I was in a similar situation after my GCSEs with only 3 A*s. Luckily, they were in the subjects I'm doing at college (Maths, Further, PE and Chemistry). I've loved every minute of college and am getting 100% in most of my papers since christmas. As long as you put the work in outside of college hours too, you'll have no problem What Oxbridge will look at are your predicted grades. This is something a lot of students don't know of. Your college send of both your AS results and your predicted. This means, if you finish your first year with abbb, but are predicted a*a*a because of the huge improvement made from GCSE to A Level, you will most definitely be chosen as a suitable candidate. One other thing is that predicted grades can be discussed with your tutor if you don't think they are high enough! I strongly advise you bump those predicted grades up with a trip to your tutor after you get your results. Hope this helped.
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    • Hi everyone
      I'm an international student and I have a couple of questions that I'd like to ask before I consider applying for my desired course. It would be really, really great if I can get helpful information answering my queries. So, here I go, a little bit of background:


      I don't know if this really matters or not but I come from an African country and I studied my undergrad at a mediocre private university where I graduated with a gpa of 3.75.

      My undergrad major was International Organizations but to be completely honest I didn't do quite well at first and I have a few poor grades here and there. So I took up a masters degree in Political Science at a very ancient university in my country and I did quite well. I ended up with a straight 4.0 gpa and received a distinction grade in my thesis. Then I took up the IELTS Academic and scored over 8.5 in all sections. Fair enough, I am extremely interested in the Mphil of International relations at Oxford and my ambition is to continue on to do the Dphil. I don't know if my above credentials are enough though so I would love to hear your opinion on my situation specifically if you are a post grad at Oxford. I need to also clarify something; the reason I pursued a Masters degree is because the Cambridge University International Requirements at minimum is a Masters degree where I am from. Even though Oxford University doesn't state the like in it's website I assumed it was the deal as with Cambridge; that international students coming from third world countries need a higher level degree as a prerequisite to demonstrate their competence for the world class programmes both universities offer.

      So I was wondering am I on the right track? and what should I do to increase my chances of getting in? I would be very, very grateful for any insight on this matter. For what it's worth I still haven't asked any of my professors to write any letters of rec, frankly I'm uncertain and pretty anxious about all of this.Please, please, please be honest and frank about what you really think my chances of getting in are. I know that my undergrad grades are not strong as they should be for an offer but I tried to make-up for them and compensate in my masters of PoliSci. Finally, thanks a million for reading all of this, I was thinking of speaking to one of my professors about applying but I decided to come here first and "test the waters".

      P.S: I apologize in advance for any typos or grammatical errors as I am writing this from my phone
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    (Original post by BrasenoseAdm)
    Oxford Tube also has free wifi and stops much closer to the centre of Oxford (where most of the departments and colleges are located) than the rail station. Added to that, the reliability of the train service is not always great and at the moment there are engineering works during some of the weekends which can cause delays. The bus link from London wins hands down.
    Oxford Tube and X90 stop in the same place on High Street in Oxford and travel between the same terminals from Victoria to Oxford Bus Station. They do however have slightly different stops within London, if I remember correctly. So depending on where you plan to board in London you may take one or the other. Both offer Wifi and very comfortable seats. One thing to notice is that if you buy a return ticket you must use the same company both ways.
 
 
 
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