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    (Original post by claudiar99)
    Hi everyone,
    I got 4 As at AS and 7 A* 3 A at GCSE, how should I go about getting an interview at Oxford to study English? Because some have told me that interviews are given randomly, so I've no idea what to do to secure one.
    Thanks!
    Hey I want to read English at Oxford too! This is just what my school has said but I think Oxford rank your GCSEs and ELAT test score, and look at your reference and PS to judge whether or not to give you an interview. Your GCSEs are solid, so if I were you I would focus on getting a good score in the ELAT (though that's not 'til November) and writing a clear PS. Just keep reading too: what I'm doing is focusing on a specific era/author to gain in-depth knowledge so I have something to talk about at an interview, were I to get one! Good luck
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    Hi! Looking to apply for History, potentially at Brasenose, but I need to visit Oxford.

    My GCSE results aren't stellar - 4 A*'s, 4 A's, 1 B, 1 C. My AS results are 5 A's in English Lit, History, French, RE and Philosophy.

    Most likely will be taking History, French and English OR Philosophy next year.

    Do I stand a realistic chance?
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    Hi guys my AS results are heartbreaking. I ran out of time and was only able to finished one of the two essays in English and I got a C. I got full marks for my first one and for the second one, which I only managed to write an intro and begin analysing the first quote, I was rewarded with 3 marks. =.=
    Before this C came along I was a passionate and strong English candidate and was on full gear to applying for English at Oxford, but now I have give up English and this feels like death. I now have to take up either a Biology degree or a Psychology one cos I got an A in Bio and Geography, and my EPQ is about dystopian fiction and I infused with cognitive psychology by looking at it this way.
    Everyone thinks I can't make Oxford now as I'm nowhere as prepared with Psychology/Biology as I am with English - I wouldn't have enough to put into my personal statement given I'll have only a bit more than a month before the deadline. I will have to be under extra pressure cos the process is stressful and rushed and I'd still have normal school work along with my extra reading and building up knowledge on psychology/biology in the meantime. Also with my C... they're thinking the chance is slim, and that I should be realistic and face the truth and stick with Psychology or Biology at somewhere else.
    But isn't it the fact that if you don't apply you don't get in? It's with this notion that I'm tempted to risk. My GCSE results are above average - 11A*. And it isn't my lack of ability that I got that C... (ok alright lack of exam techniques =.= )
    Do you reckon if I'm still fit for Oxford?... I'm dying to know...
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    (Original post by MoonVirgo)
    Hi guys my AS results are heartbreaking. I ran out of time and was only able to finished one of the two essays in English and I got a C. I got full marks for my first one and for the second one, which I only managed to write an intro and begin analysing the first quote, I was rewarded with 3 marks. =.=
    Before this C came along I was a passionate and strong English candidate and was on full gear to applying for English at Oxford, but now I have give up English and this feels like death. I now have to take up either a Biology degree or a Psychology one cos I got an A in Bio and Geography, and my EPQ is about dystopian fiction and I infused with cognitive psychology by looking at it this way.
    Everyone thinks I can't make Oxford now as I'm nowhere as prepared with Psychology/Biology as I am with English - I wouldn't have enough to put into my personal statement given I'll have only a bit more than a month before the deadline. I will have to be under extra pressure cos the process is stressful and rushed and I'd still have normal school work along with my extra reading and building up knowledge on psychology/biology in the meantime. Also with my C... they're thinking the chance is slim, and that I should be realistic and face the truth and stick with Psychology or Biology at somewhere else.
    But isn't it the fact that if you don't apply you don't get in? It's with this notion that I'm tempted to risk. My GCSE results are above average - 11A*. And it isn't my lack of ability that I got that C... (ok alright lack of exam techniques =.= )
    Do you reckon if I'm still fit for Oxford?... I'm dying to know...
    Hey, couldn't you just re-sit the English exam? If you're like me, and have set your heart on English, I would re-sit. Your school don't need to mention the C, as long as they predict you an A/A* I would imagine it wouldn't affect your chances
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    GCSE grades: A* s
    A-Levels: History/French/English/Politics
    Course: Law
    College: Hertford
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    (Original post by William Turtle)
    I find it interesting that the number of neurotics applying (or planning) to Cambrdige, who make such threads, is far greater than the number for Oxford.


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    I find it interesting that the number of neurotics applying (or planning) to Cambrdige, who make such threads, is far greater than the number for Oxford.


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    (Original post by BritishBean)
    Anyone else applying for Biological Sciences in October?
    Hi I'm thinking about it but I'm taking on so much risk. Cos I've had a Waterloo in my AS. I got a C in English and I was to apply to English at Oxford, so I'm now forced to choose sth else and probably somewhere else which is heartbreaking. I've been interested in Biology and Psychology/Neuroscience and stuff for all my life though, and my Bio is an A, so I might take on Biological Sciences.
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    I'll just wait for the 2018 thread
    Are you going into Year 11? I technically should have waited and posted my reply on the future 2018 thread.
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    (Original post by MoonVirgo)
    Hi I'm thinking about it but I'm taking on so much risk. Cos I've had a Waterloo in my AS. I got a C in English and I was to apply to English at Oxford, so I'm now forced to choose sth else and probably somewhere else which is heartbreaking. I've been interested in Biology and Psychology/Neuroscience and stuff for all my life though, and my Bio is an A, so I might take on Biological Sciences.
    Rather than settle for an alternative, it sounds like it would be worth asking for a second chance and re-sitting your English exam. Now you have experienced it, you'll be better placed to prepare for the exam and plan your essays x
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    (Original post by MoonVirgo)
    Hi guys my AS results are heartbreaking. I ran out of time and was only able to finished one of the two essays in English and I got a C. I got full marks for my first one and for the second one, which I only managed to write an intro and begin analysing the first quote, I was rewarded with 3 marks. =.=
    Before this C came along I was a passionate and strong English candidate and was on full gear to applying for English at Oxford, but now I have give up English and this feels like death. I now have to take up either a Biology degree or a Psychology one cos I got an A in Bio and Geography, and my EPQ is about dystopian fiction and I infused with cognitive psychology by looking at it this way.
    Everyone thinks I can't make Oxford now as I'm nowhere as prepared with Psychology/Biology as I am with English - I wouldn't have enough to put into my personal statement given I'll have only a bit more than a month before the deadline. I will have to be under extra pressure cos the process is stressful and rushed and I'd still have normal school work along with my extra reading and building up knowledge on psychology/biology in the meantime. Also with my C... they're thinking the chance is slim, and that I should be realistic and face the truth and stick with Psychology or Biology at somewhere else.
    But isn't it the fact that if you don't apply you don't get in? It's with this notion that I'm tempted to risk. My GCSE results are above average - 11A*. And it isn't my lack of ability that I got that C... (ok alright lack of exam techniques =.= )
    Do you reckon if I'm still fit for Oxford?... I'm dying to know...
    First of all, you need a hug :hugs:Stop, breathe. Whatever happens, you'll be okay, I promise.

    I'm no expert, but I just wanted to say that there is no point in applying for a course that you are not passionate about. Studying/applying to Oxford is stressful as heck and will only be rewarding if you are truly passionate and push yourself to continue because you love what you do. If you are not anywhere near as passionate for Biology or Psychology as you are for English, don't study it.

    I would recommend giving up on applying for Oxford (disheartening as it may seem) to spare yourself the unnecessary heartache and stress. There are plenty of other great institution still open to you which will allow you to study something what you want. Though I only know a bit about the Oxbridge applications process, I think it would be difficult applying for English there now (though not impossible) and too stressful and unnatural to have to tailor yourself to another subject.

    Sorry if this advice sounds crappy, I know how much it sucks to feel like you can no longer achieve your dreams, but you can. Life goes on, that C will not define you for the rest of your life. You'll get through this. Speak to teachers and staff on hand at your school for admissions advice (not sure how ignorant/informed your school is about Oxbridge applications) and support to help you decide how best to proceed with the process.

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    Hi guys! I would like some help deciding if I stand a better chance at Oxford or Cambridge? My AS results are good but UMS aren't very high;
    A (93%) Maths
    A (83%) Further Maths
    A (87%) Physics
    A (81%) Biology
    B (79%) Chemistry - having remarked, need 2UMS for A

    Since the UMS aren't great, Oxford seems like a better option but Oxford looks at GCSEs and mine were pretty poor, 4A*s 5As and 3Bs. So now I'm stuck between Cambridge which doesn't look at GCSEs and Oxford which doesn't look at UMS. I don't really expect to get in but I think it's worth a shot anyway, where would I stand a better chance?
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    (Original post by georgiaf)
    Hey, couldn't you just re-sit the English exam? If you're like me, and have set your heart on English, I would re-sit. Your school don't need to mention the C, as long as they predict you an A/A* I would imagine it wouldn't affect your chances
    Thank you mate yes surely I will. ) But doesn't Oxford look at your UCAS? If so then they'll see my C I put on there for English and I'm just so worried they won't even call me for an interview. T.T I'm at a disadvantage as I've only done 3 AS and for heaven's sake English turned out to be my worst subject. The exam officer at my school is also my English teacher and he doesn't see me getting in English at Oxford at all... T.T
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    (Original post by Banana00)
    Are you going into Year 11? I technically should have waited and posted my reply on the future 2018 thread.
    I am, I'm guessing you are too.
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    (Original post by MoonVirgo)
    Thank you mate yes surely I will. ) But doesn't Oxford look at your UCAS? If so then they'll see my C I put on there for English and I'm just so worried they won't even call me for an interview. T.T I'm at a disadvantage as I've only done 3 AS and for heaven's sake English turned out to be my worst subject. The exam officer at my school is also my English teacher and he doesn't see me getting in English at Oxford at all... T.T
    Are you going to let the opinion of one person crush your dreams? Not if you want to do English at Oxford!!

    Follow your heart, and don't fret about it. Ultimately, what will be will be, but provided you've done the best you can to improve your chances and you have displayed a clear passion and drive for what you love in your PS, your chances are no worse than anyone else's.

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    (Original post by MoonVirgo)
    Thank you mate yes surely I will. ) But doesn't Oxford look at your UCAS? If so then they'll see my C I put on there for English and I'm just so worried they won't even call me for an interview. T.T I'm at a disadvantage as I've only done 3 AS and for heaven's sake English turned out to be my worst subject. The exam officer at my school is also my English teacher and he doesn't see me getting in English at Oxford at all... T.T
    Aw you poor thing, so disheartening when a teacher doesn't support you! No, it's Cambridge that look at UMS; because AS grades aren't certificated you don't have to declare them, so they only see your predicted grades as far as I'm aware. So if you could convince your teacher that you can retake and get an A, they can predict you the A/A* you were originally aiming for. That said, it might be an idea to take a gap year, then apply with your final grades? Or you could go for other uni's: if you like Oxford's course I'd look at Durham, Exeter, Warwick, UCL etc, they're pretty similar
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    (Original post by klefki)
    Hi guys! I would like some help deciding if I stand a better chance at Oxford or Cambridge? My AS results are good but UMS aren't very high;
    A (93%) Maths
    A (83%) Further Maths
    A (87%) Physics
    A (81%) Biology
    B (79%) Chemistry - having remarked, need 2UMS for A

    Since the UMS aren't great, Oxford seems like a better option but Oxford looks at GCSEs and mine were pretty poor, 4A*s 5As and 3Bs. So now I'm stuck between Cambridge which doesn't look at GCSEs and Oxford which doesn't look at UMS. I don't really expect to get in but I think it's worth a shot anyway, where would I stand a better chance?
    What are you applying for? I know someone doing maths at St Hughes Oxford who got Bs at GCSE. Your GCSEs are fine so long as you got A* in relevant subjects and your AS are really good! I'd say go for oxford
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    Thought I would repost now I know my AS

    Course: History & Politics
    College: Magdalen
    AS: History - A (97%)
    English Literature - A (95%)
    Politics - B (getting remarked)
    Maths - C (getting remarked)
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    I'm thinking of applying for Law, but I feel like my A level subjects put me at a disadvantage :/ (Maths, Physics, French...) Any insight?
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    (Original post by MoonVirgo)
    Hi guys my AS results are heartbreaking. I ran out of time and was only able to finished one of the two essays in English and I got a C. I got full marks for my first one and for the second one, which I only managed to write an intro and begin analysing the first quote, I was rewarded with 3 marks. =.=
    Before this C came along I was a passionate and strong English candidate and was on full gear to applying for English at Oxford, but now I have give up English and this feels like death. I now have to take up either a Biology degree or a Psychology one cos I got an A in Bio and Geography, and my EPQ is about dystopian fiction and I infused with cognitive psychology by looking at it this way.
    Everyone thinks I can't make Oxford now as I'm nowhere as prepared with Psychology/Biology as I am with English - I wouldn't have enough to put into my personal statement given I'll have only a bit more than a month before the deadline. I will have to be under extra pressure cos the process is stressful and rushed and I'd still have normal school work along with my extra reading and building up knowledge on psychology/biology in the meantime. Also with my C... they're thinking the chance is slim, and that I should be realistic and face the truth and stick with Psychology or Biology at somewhere else.
    But isn't it the fact that if you don't apply you don't get in? It's with this notion that I'm tempted to risk. My GCSE results are above average - 11A*. And it isn't my lack of ability that I got that C... (ok alright lack of exam techniques =.= )
    Do you reckon if I'm still fit for Oxford?... I'm dying to know...
    I know how you are feeling now. I got AAAC for my AS result, with Biology one UMS off a B. Since I am studying double Maths along with Economics and Biology, I may be considered having achieved AAC. I don't know the chance of being admitted into Oxford PPE, assuming I scored above 70 in the TSA and have a decent performance in the interview together with a strong personal statement.
 
 
 
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