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    I have a question regarding conditional offers for international students I haven't been able to find an answer to yet... If Oxford accepts someone, they usually receive a conditional offer like "AAA" at A-levels, right? How does that work for international students?

    I'm from Switzerland, and our grades go from 1 to 6, 6 being the best. Oxford expects students from my country to have a 5 in each subject. Now, someone might obviously receive higher predicted grades like 5.5's and 6's. Assuming Oxford were to give me an offer, would they demand I acheive my predicted grades, which might be higher than 5's, or would they simply say something like "we expect you to have a 5 in each subject"? Thanks for your help.
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    (Original post by antigone-)
    Haha okay thanks! I know Magdalen is pretty central (I think), they're large and provide all 3 years which is good I guess

    How about if I reword that to colleges with large intakes of History/History and Politics students?
    Magdalen is reasonably central :yep: kind of out of the way slightly, as its on the edge of what I would classify as 'central'. There were 33 places for History and Pol last year, and there's 30 colleges that take it - so the intake is never going to be large.

    In my year at Univ there is just 1 person studying it, but there's 3 in the year above. As far as I'm aware it's considered as part of the History intake so from what I can find from a quick look:

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    Balliol: 12
    Brasenose: 10
    Corpus Christi: 9
    Jesus: 8
    Keble: 10
    Lincoln: 12
    Mansfield: 11
    Merton: 14
    New: 10-12
    Oriel: 9
    Pembroke: 13
    Queens: 12
    Regents Park: 5
    St. Catz: 10
    St. Edmunds: 8
    St. Hildas: 10-12
    St. Hughs: 11
    St. Peters: 12-14
    University: 8-10
    Worcester: 9


    So as you can see, apart from a few colleges - the average History + Joint schools intake is about 10. So it won't vary massively wherever you go, especially as some people may miss grades and the year could end up being slightly smaller or larger.
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    (Original post by KombatWombat)
    No, only 1 personal statement to cover all 5 choices.

    They want people committed enough to chemistry, not people who are unlikely to take the place if they're offered it!
    Good to know! I'll consider here for an application to medicine then
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    (Original post by Lucilou101)
    Magdalen is reasonably central :yep: kind of out of the way slightly, as its on the edge of what I would classify as 'central'. There were 33 places for History and Pol last year, and there's 30 colleges that take it - so the intake is never going to be large.

    In my year at Univ there is just 1 person studying it, but there's 3 in the year above. As far as I'm aware it's considered as part of the History intake so from what I can find from a quick look:
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    Balliol: 12
    Brasenose: 10
    Corpus Christi: 9
    Jesus: 8
    Keble: 10
    Lincoln: 12
    Mansfield: 11
    Merton: 14
    New: 10-12
    Oriel: 9
    Pembroke: 13
    Queens: 12
    Regents Park: 5
    St. Catz: 10
    St. Edmunds: 8
    St. Hildas: 10-12
    St. Hughs: 11
    St. Peters: 12-14
    University: 8-10
    Worcester: 9

    So as you can see, apart from a few colleges - the average History + Joint schools intake is about 10. So it won't vary massively wherever you go, especially as some people may miss grades and the year could end up being slightly smaller or larger.
    Thank you that's really helpful! I realise the amount of people on the course is tiny, which I'm conflicted about being a good or a bad thing
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    (Original post by antigone-)
    Thank you that's really helpful! I realise the amount of people on the course is tiny, which I'm conflicted about being a good or a bad thing
    Even though its small, there will be overlap with the people studying straight History or PPE - sorry it won't feel like you're completely on your own, unlike some degrees :P

    But at the same time, you're a bit unique - which I think is a good thing
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    (Original post by Ivoryfall)
    Ok, this is a bit of an odd question, but, I am wondering if since I was formerly a hairdresser and undertook many brand certified hairdressing related courses and seminars, should I include those certificates in my UCAS application with my education? While the topic itself isn't relevant to what I am applying to do, it does demonstrate my dedication and integrity to my endeavours, but I am also not an academic expert and would love to have you input on this. Thank you! x
    The general advice is to include all qualifications so that selectors can see your complete career profile if you are a mature student. As it happens, the husband of one of the Heads of College is (or was) a professional hairdresser. We mention this to assure you that although most undergraduates are 18 or 19, students do come from different backgrounds and a number of academics did not go direct from school to university. So you can be assured that including these details will only add to your application.
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    (Original post by BrasenoseAdm)
    The general advice is to include all qualifications so that selectors can see your complete career profile if you are a mature student. As it happens, the husband of one of the Heads of College is (or was) a professional hairdresser. We mention this to assure you that although most undergraduates are 18 or 19, students do come from different backgrounds and a number of academics did not go direct from school to university. So you can be assured that including these details will only add to your application.
    Thanks so much for taking the time to clarify that so completely It's reassuring to know the work put into my previous endeavours maintains some value outside of the industry x
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    (Original post by klefki)
    Wanted to do Natural Sciences at Cambridge so now I'm not sure about an Oxford course but most probably Physics and Philosophy
    Yes your UMS are probably slightly low for Cambridge, although they're not bad, so you might still have a shot. The PAT would give you a chance to shine if you applied to Oxford (though of course you might not do well in it!)

    Ultimately though, make sure you get the course right. There's no point getting into a course you won't love, because you won't make it through the tough times.
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    (Original post by SpaniardAbroad)
    Hi guys,
    After getting my A level results and achieving 2A* and 2As, do you guys think it would be wise to take a gap year and apply to Oxford to do either History or PPE?
    What would you be doing if you don't take a gap year?

    You could apply, but you certainly aren't guaranteed an Oxford offer.
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    (Original post by DanieleZ)
    I have a question regarding conditional offers for international students I haven't been able to find an answer to yet... If Oxford accepts someone, they usually receive a conditional offer like "AAA" at A-levels, right? How does that work for international students?

    I'm from Switzerland, and our grades go from 1 to 6, 6 being the best. Oxford expects students from my country to have a 5 in each subject. Now, someone might obviously receive higher predicted grades like 5.5's and 6's. Assuming Oxford were to give me an offer, would they demand I acheive my predicted grades, which might be higher than 5's, or would they simply say something like "we expect you to have a 5 in each subject"? Thanks for your help.
    They would normally just ask you to get a 5 in each subject. There is a slim chance they'd ask for your predicted grades.
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    (Original post by mattgreen986)
    Hey,
    GCSEs: 5A* 6As
    AS Levels: 3As and B: however, I got 100% in history and 99% in politics. (economics is getting remarked which was the B)
    My predicted grades: A*A*A*
    Subject: History
    I was wondering whether it is worth me applying to Oxford. My teacher seems to think I would do well on the HAT, and that will mean that my GCSEs won't look that bad relatively. Also, my teacher has suggested that my referee put my UMS in my academic reference as they are a vast improvement on my GCSEs showing my improvement. Is this worth doing?
    Yes definitely give applying to Oxford a go You don't know whether you'll get in (the percentage who do is relatively small) but you certainly could do, and won't know unless you try.

    Asking your referee to put UMS in the academic reference is a good idea.
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    (Original post by BrasenoseAdm)
    Congratulations on your AS result.

    If you can come to the Open Day on Friday 18th September we will have some current History students available to show you round and there will also be admissions staff/Tutors on hand to answer questions.

    The selectors will look at the HAT test result, your GCSEs, and relevant information in the rest of your UCAS application (including contextual information putting your GCSE results in context) when deciding if they can invite a candidate for interview.

    For guidance here are the grade profiles of last year's interviewees:

    10A* 10A*-1A 10A*-1B 10A*-2A 10A*-3A 11A* 11A*-1A 12A* 12A*-1A 1A*-3A-2C 1A-4B-3C-1E 3A*-8A 4A*-3A-2B-1D 4A*-5A-1B 4A*-6A-2B 5A*-3A-1B 5A*-4A 5A*-4A-2B 5A*-5A-1B 5A*-7A-1B 6A*-2A-3B 6A*-3A 6A*-3A-2B 6A*-4A 6A*-5A-1D 6A*-6A 6A*-7A 7A*-2A-1C 7A*-3A 7A*-4A 7A*-5A 8A* 8A*-1A 8A*-2A 8A*-2A-1B 8A*-3A 9A*-1A 9A*-2A
    Do you have grade profiles for E&M
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    Could I just have extra confirmation here... I am planning on applying to Oxford's E&M course but pure econ to 4 other unis (because I prefer the econ aspect). However now I don't really want to dedicate any paragraph in my PS to management and keep it all econ related simply because it's only one of my five choices and I feel it might compromise my econ chances at other unis.

    Would this be okay??? (Ofc I will heavily read around the subject if I were to get an interview).
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    (Original post by Ecconomist)
    Could I just have extra confirmation here... I am planning on applying to Oxford's E&M course but pure econ to 4 other unis (because I prefer the econ aspect). However now I don't really want to dedicate any paragraph in my PS to management and keep it all econ related simply because it's only one of my five choices and I feel it might compromise my econ chances at other unis.

    Would this be okay??? (Ofc I will heavily read around the subject if I were to get an interview).
    If you prefer econ to the point that you don't want to apply for E&M at other universities, why are you applying for E&M at Oxford when there's a perfectly good pure econ course at Cambridge? Management is a significant component of E&M at Oxford (half of the first year course!) and you will be making it much harder for yourself by pretending that half of your degree does not exist when you submit your application.
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    I am intending to apply to Oxford to study French, but I am a bit worried about sending in written work. I will be fine submitting a French essay but I don't do any other essay subjects so I was wondering what I could submit as my written work in English?
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    (Original post by BrasenoseAdm)
    Congratulations on your AS result.

    If you can come to the Open Day on Friday 18th September we will have some current History students available to show you round and there will also be admissions staff/Tutors on hand to answer questions.

    The selectors will look at the HAT test result, your GCSEs, and relevant information in the rest of your UCAS application (including contextual information putting your GCSE results in context) when deciding if they can invite a candidate for interview.

    For guidance here are the grade profiles of last year's interviewees:

    10A* 10A*-1A 10A*-1B 10A*-2A 10A*-3A 11A* 11A*-1A 12A* 12A*-1A 1A*-3A-2C 1A-4B-3C-1E 3A*-8A 4A*-3A-2B-1D 4A*-5A-1B 4A*-6A-2B 5A*-3A-1B 5A*-4A 5A*-4A-2B 5A*-5A-1B 5A*-7A-1B 6A*-2A-3B 6A*-3A 6A*-3A-2B 6A*-4A 6A*-5A-1D 6A*-6A 6A*-7A 7A*-2A-1C 7A*-3A 7A*-4A 7A*-5A 8A* 8A*-1A 8A*-2A 8A*-2A-1B 8A*-3A 9A*-1A 9A*-2A
    Hello! Could I see the profiles of last year's medicine interviewees? Thank you so much! Did any of them do IB instead of A levels?


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    (Original post by fluteflute)
    Your grades don't make your more suited to one over the other. Apply to whichever you want to be at most.

    (Although Oxford has twice as many applicants per place as Cambridge.)
    I love Cambridge as a city, the only thing drawing me to Oxford are my GCSEs which makes me more likely to get an interview. The thing I am worried about is my UMS average, do you think it's good enough to even get me an interview at Cambridge?
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    (Original post by iluv)
    I love Cambridge as a city, the only thing drawing me to Oxford are my GCSEs which makes me more likely to get an interview. The thing I am worried about is my UMS average, do you think it's good enough to even get me an interview at Cambridge?
    I think you could probably get an interview at either, though of course neither is guaranteed (and the BMAT will play a significant part). In my opinion, you don't have a clearly better chance at one rather than the other.
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    I'm just wondering, by the way, because I didn't do my GCSEs in UK, (I did GCE O Levels instead in Singapore) will they look at my GCE O Levels instead? Because my AS results weren't really superb
    so I'm hoping that my O Levels will kinda save me. Plus I started my AS in January so ://
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    (Original post by BJack)
    If you prefer econ to the point that you don't want to apply for E&M at other universities, why are you applying for E&M at Oxford when there's a perfectly good pure econ course at Cambridge? Management is a significant component of E&M at Oxford (half of the first year course!) and you will be making it much harder for yourself by pretending that half of your degree does not exist when you submit your application.
    It's not that I significantly prefer Econ... I worded that a bit wrong I think. I have read 'Images of Organisation' and one of my father's old management books which concerns the historical evolution of business strategy and I did find it interesting and found it might complement my interest in micro too.

    However, being realistic, with a 7% acceptance rate onto the course at Oxford, I don't want to compromise my chances of LSE, UCL etc. which are also very competitive (and it would be a shame because yes I do want to convey my interest in management).

    My UMS for Cambridge would be okay for an autopool (>93%) but I performed relatively poorly in my Maths modules and being a highly quantitative course, I thought that a) this would be detrimental to my chances of an offer and b) maybe such a course isn't for me.

    Do Oxford put more weight on grades and the TSA for shortlisting though?
 
 
 
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