Hey there! Sign in to join this conversationNew here? Join for free
x Turn on thread page Beta

GCSEs and Oxbridge watch

Announcements
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by ChocolateCosmos)
    What was the rest of your application like???
    AAAA AS: maths physics chemistry economics respectively UMS ~84/85% with extenuating circumstances
    A*A*AAA: maths chemistry physics economics FM AS (FP1 M1 M2) respectively
    Offline

    8
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Little Toy Gun)
    The burden of proof is on the people asserting that they should avoid Oxford.






    '...Tutors will also consider your achieved or predicted grades at A-level (or other equivalent qualifications)...Tutors will want to see how you improve your academic performance after your GCSEs and that you do well in your A-levels or other equivalent qualifications.'
    http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/under...e-requirements



    Do you /facepalm when your markers ask you to reference when claiming a fact?

    ---

    Now, the question is: Are you helping anyone by making the myth look like a truth?
    Well I didn't see you making any references until asked, but thanks for giving the references. And this myth you speak of, can you just define it for me real quick. And it was a /facepalm because you seem to assert that the internet is a gospel of truth.

    But one thing I would like to discuss is that everywhere I go on Studentroom I see people flinging around the statement extenuating circumstances, one might think that well... a lot of them are just using it as a scapegoat for doing badly (in their reference frame).
    Offline

    20
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by SCalver)
    Well I didn't see you making any references until asked, but thanks for giving the references. And this myth you speak of, can you just define it for me real quick.
    That if you've got bad GCSEs but good a-levels, you should avoid Oxford and apply to Cambridge.

    Based on currently available evidence, you can apply to either as long as you've got good a-levels, and if anything, you should apply to Oxford if you have an improvement from your GCSEs.

    (Original post by SCalver)
    And it was a /facepalm because you seem to assert that the internet is a gospel of truth.
    I tried to be more responsible to look for information myself and I couldn't find any. So I was hoping the people who claimed that could give me evidence, which they have so far all failed to do so.
    Offline

    8
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Little Toy Gun)
    That if you've got bad GCSEs but good a-levels, you should avoid Oxford and apply to Cambridge.

    Based on currently available evidence, you can apply to either as long as you've got good a-levels, and if anything, you should apply to Oxford if you have an improvement from your GCSEs.



    I tried to be more responsible to look for information myself and I couldn't find any. So I was hoping the people who claimed that could give me evidence, which they have so far all failed to do so.
    I don't think you should avoid it, but I _think_, I have no proof, that you have a better chance, statistically, at Cambridge (of getting an offer that is, not meeting your offer).
    Offline

    17
    ReputationRep:
    To the OP, I would recommend emailing the universities themselves. I would encourage everyone who has this question to ask Oxford and Cambridge themselves - they're the best people to ask about whether your grades are good enough for Oxbridge, instead of TSR. Good luck wherever you choose to apply.
    • Section Leader
    Offline

    21
    ReputationRep:
    Section Leader
    (Original post by MaxReid)
    To the OP, I would recommend emailing the universities themselves. I would encourage everyone who has this question to ask Oxford and Cambridge themselves - they're the best people to ask about whether your grades are good enough for Oxbridge, instead of TSR. Good luck wherever you choose to apply.
    And that's why the Cambridge (and I think Oxford) Admissions Tutors host invaluable threads at various times during the year.
    Offline

    17
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by jneill)
    And that's why the Cambridge (and I think Oxford) Admissions Tutors host invaluable threads at various times during the year.
    Yes those are really useful!
    Offline

    14
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by SCalver)
    But one thing I would like to discuss is that everywhere I go on Studentroom I see people flinging around the statement extenuating circumstances, one might think that well... a lot of them are just using it as a scapegoat for doing badly (in their reference frame).
    True, but some of us have circumstances such as moving schools twice in the six months before your first GCSE exams, the first move to a school which doesn't teach in a language you know, and then having to self-teach your first set of GCSEs whilst you're also starting your A Levels thanks to being mistakenly entered into year 12 instead of 11 by your parents for the second school, and thus sitting your first set of exams whilst you're also having to revise for AS Levels. So your first set of GCSEs went absolutely awfully, to put it lightly.

    I mean, I called the admissions team, and they agreed that those were extenuating circumstances
    Offline

    20
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by SCalver)
    I don't think you should avoid it, but I _think_, I have no proof, that you have a better chance, statistically, at Cambridge (of getting an offer that is, not meeting your offer).
    In that case you'd need to first show that Cambridge students do have lower GCSE grades...Is it even a reasonable assumption to begin with?

    Unless there's a drastic difference between people's GCSEs and a-levels throughout, with people with higher a-levels, Cambridge should have, if anything, successful candidates with better GCSEs. The only thing from them is that most have 4 As or A*s, which could mean at least it's similar to Oxford's 3 A*s.
    Offline

    8
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Thediplomat56)
    AAAA AS: maths physics chemistry economics respectively UMS ~84/85% with extenuating circumstances
    A*A*AAA: maths chemistry physics economics FM AS (FP1 M1 M2) respectively
    What about in terms of your entry examination/other skills/achievements etc?
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by ChocolateCosmos)
    What about in terms of your entry examination/other skills/achievements etc?
    Ummm, done some online courses in single, multi variable calculus and solid state chemistry, did fairly well in physics AS challenge and Cambridge chemistry challenge

    Did two weeks of work exp in the chem eng department at bath university

    Read two chem eng books

    No tests for the course I applied to at the college I applied to.

    Nothing special
    Offline

    8
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Thediplomat56)
    Ummm, done some online courses in single, multi variable calculus and solid state chemistry, did fairly well in physics AS challenge and Cambridge chemistry challenge

    Did two weeks of work exp in the chem eng department at bath university

    Read two chem eng books

    No tests for the course I applied to at the college I applied to.

    Nothing special
    I must say that's excellent Admirable
    Congratulations !
 
 
 
Reply
Submit reply
Turn on thread page Beta
TSR Support Team

We have a brilliant team of more than 60 Support Team members looking after discussions on The Student Room, helping to make it a fun, safe and useful place to hang out.

Updated: October 31, 2015
Poll
Do you agree with the proposed ban on plastic straws and cotton buds?
Useful resources

The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

Write a reply...
Reply
Hide
Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.