(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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- 23-04-2015 18:52
(Original post by tilly5798)
- 24-04-2015 10:36
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?
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!
(Original post by jackherbert077)
- 24-04-2015 10:49
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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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.
- 28-04-2015 23:30
Heya, I'm planning to go and Study MML Russian and Linguistics in 2016
- 02-05-2015 17:55
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
- 02-05-2015 18:01
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.
- 02-05-2015 18:03
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*
- 02-05-2015 18:59
(Original post by Gerald DGrilla)
- 02-05-2015 22:28
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!
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.
- 03-05-2015 00:12
(Original post by Gerald DGrilla)
- 03-05-2015 11:33
- College: Not sure....
...thinking of the following, in this order:
- St John's
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'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.
- 03-05-2015 13:10
Is anyone considering doing oriental studies?
- 06-05-2015 14:32
anyone hoping to apply to Oxford for medicine?
- 06-05-2015 16:07
Hello, I do
- 06-05-2015 16:33
Glad to finally be able to join a thread like this
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.
- 07-05-2015 22:29
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
- 08-05-2015 18:24
Anyone applying for History/History joint honours...?
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- 09-05-2015 01:26
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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- 10-05-2015 10:24
- Hi everyoneI'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
(Original post by BrasenoseAdm)
- 12-05-2015 11:38
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.