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    Hey guys, I'm asking on behalf of my brother who wants to do Economics and is thinking about Oxbridge. I am familiar with Cambridge application process but not with Oxford's. He got his GCSE results today which were 12A*s and 2As (he's remarking the 2As ) and I was wondering if these results would be good enough for Economics?
    Considering the other people here who have asked the same question and got a 'Yes' with lower grades, I think it's safe to assume that Yes, it's more than sufficient! From what I can gather, more weight is put on the interview and exams
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    (Original post by aprocrastinator)
    Hey guys, I'm asking on behalf of my brother who wants to do Economics and is thinking about Oxbridge. I am familiar with Cambridge application process but not with Oxford's. He got his GCSE results today which were 12A*s and 2As (he's remarking the 2As ) and I was wondering if these results would be good enough for Economics?
    These are definitely good enough results to apply - with good AS results for Cambridge or a strong TSA for Oxford he should have a good chance
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    (Original post by AspirantPPE)
    Maths, History and English, but might also do further maths. Do you think it'll help when we get to uni? I'm also doing an evening course at Edinburgh uni, since Ill need a reference, it's been a while since I was at school.

    I've already done a little personal statement, but it will need a lot of work to be Oxford Worthy! Tsa, not looked yet, waiting on my books coming.


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    I really doubt it, given that people who haven't studied A level maths are admitted onto the course. Ahh that sounds nice, are you a mature applicant? And same here, need to finish reading on the books- just annoyed at how my tsa scores can vary so wildly, from 74 in one to 58 in another.
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    Hi!
    GCSE: 10A* and an A (top scholar at my school)
    AS Level: AAAA (maths, chemistry, physics, DT)

    Just finished a Nuffield research placement and hope to get a gold CREST award for this. Also taught myself one of those GCSE's (and it wasn't the A).

    My school are likely to predict me A*A*A*A*. (I'm keeping all four subjects)
    I'm applying for Materials Science at St Annes.
    I'm now trying to revise for the PAT. These sort of tests often aren't my strong point and my maths education this year has been awful so I'm kind of struggling.
    With all my other stuff and hopefully a strong performance in interview how much leeway do people think I have to do slightly worse in the PAT test than the other sections of my application??
    Also, any hints and tips for the PAT test?

    Thank you!
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    (Original post by Orangemonkey1)
    Hi!
    GCSE: 10A* and an A (top scholar at my school)
    AS Level: AAAA (maths, chemistry, physics, DT)

    Just finished a Nuffield research placement and hope to get a gold CREST award for this. Also taught myself one of those GCSE's (and it wasn't the A).

    My school are likely to predict me A*A*A*A*. (I'm keeping all four subjects)
    I'm applying for Materials Science at St Annes.
    I'm now trying to revise for the PAT. These sort of tests often aren't my strong point and my maths education this year has been awful so I'm kind of struggling.
    With all my other stuff and hopefully a strong performance in interview how much leeway do people think I have to do slightly worse in the PAT test than the other sections of my application??
    Also, any hints and tips for the PAT test?

    Thank you!
    I'll be doing physics so I can't really comment on materials science applications but I did the PAT last year so if you want any more help feel free to ask!

    If your maths education is a problem then this needs to be submitted to them somehow or it won't be taken into account (I'm not sure if there's a specific way to inform them of this or if your teachers should have it put in your reference or what), otherwise unfortunately you'll just have to try and work past it. There's a page on matsci admissions here if you haven't already seen it which might have some useful information.

    Tips for the PAT:
    • Check the syllabus (it's a vague list of topics really but the only starting point you have). If there's topics you haven't done (and there probably will be because it doesn't quite match up with AS physics), self study them asap and then talk to your teachers about any problems. As you go along, make sure you've learnt and understood both everything on this list and anything that's come up on a past paper that you didn't know.
    • Use your teachers! They are there to help you, so if there's a question you're stuck on (and have had a properly long go at, left alone for a bit and come back to) you should ask them about it (go to maths teachers for the maths half, physics teachers for the physics half). Get them to mark a mock paper or two for you, it'll give you a more accurate idea of where you're at.
    • Do all the past papers by November (look at how many past papers you've got left and figure out how often you should be doing them). Much like A levels, the maths is best practiced by just doing it. Don't forget to do timed papers in close to exam conditions.
    • Don't get discouraged when you find it too hard, especially with material you've been teaching yourself. The test is meant to be hard - push on, or take a ten minute break and come back to it, but don't get frustrated and give up because you aren't doing as well as you're used to doing.
    I feel like I've been more rambling than helpful oops, but do ask if you've got more questions about the PAT! Good luck
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    (Original post by Lau14)
    I'll be doing physics so I can't really comment on materials science applications but I did the PAT last year so if you want any more help feel free to ask!

    If your maths education is a problem then this needs to be submitted to them somehow or it won't be taken into account (I'm not sure if there's a specific way to inform them of this or if your teachers should have it put in your reference or what), otherwise unfortunately you'll just have to try and work past it. There's a page on matsci admissions here if you haven't already seen it which might have some useful information.

    Tips for the PAT:
    • Check the syllabus (it's a vague list of topics really but the only starting point you have). If there's topics you haven't done (and there probably will be because it doesn't quite match up with AS physics), self study them asap and then talk to your teachers about any problems. As you go along, make sure you've learnt and understood both everything on this list and anything that's come up on a past paper that you didn't know.
    • Use your teachers! They are there to help you, so if there's a question you're stuck on (and have had a properly long go at, left alone for a bit and come back to) you should ask them about it (go to maths teachers for the maths half, physics teachers for the physics half). Get them to mark a mock paper or two for you, it'll give you a more accurate idea of where you're at.
    • Do all the past papers by November (look at how many past papers you've got left and figure out how often you should be doing them). Much like A levels, the maths is best practiced by just doing it. Don't forget to do timed papers in close to exam conditions.
    • Don't get discouraged when you find it too hard, especially with material you've been teaching yourself. The test is meant to be hard - push on, or take a ten minute break and come back to it, but don't get frustrated and give up because you aren't doing as well as you're used to doing.
    I feel like I've been more rambling than helpful oops, but do ask if you've got more questions about the PAT! Good luck
    Thanks! So just keep calm and carry on then
    Just out of interest what physics board were you on? At my school we all really struggle with the practical unit (AQA A unit T). I came out with 44/60 ums (B) on that unit and that was the highest mark. As I'm going for the A* and 90% I'd really like to get that to an A so I don't need to worry about getting ridiculously close to 100% ums in my two exams. Any tips or resources you know of? (For AS OCR A chemistry there are stunning practical revision guides and for biology too but no physics)

    Thanks again for all the useful advice
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    Sorry for the typical '''are my grades''' but...
    Got GCSEs today, 4A*s, 3As and 4Bs but I'm looking at getting 2 As remarked as I was a few marks off of A*s.
    So at worst my grades are above, at best 6A*s, 1A and 4Bs. I would like to do Psychology and I am planning to smash my A levels, plus get relevant Work Experience with a local clinical and business psychologist.
    So... are my grades good enough?
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    (Original post by Orangemonkey1)
    Thanks! So just keep calm and carry on then
    Just out of interest what physics board were you on? At my school we all really struggle with the practical unit (AQA A unit T). I came out with 44/60 ums (B) on that unit and that was the highest mark. As I'm going for the A* and 90% I'd really like to get that to an A so I don't need to worry about getting ridiculously close to 100% ums in my two exams. Any tips or resources you know of? (For AS OCR A chemistry there are stunning practical revision guides and for biology too but no physics)

    Thanks again for all the useful advice
    Pretty much! Work as much as you can and don't give up
    AQA! We did the EMPA (unit PHYA1X) though, which is ever so slightly less painful because there's less cheating to drive boundaries up I think. (It still sucks, I have no idea how I pulled a 50 and a 60 in those). To be honest though, any pass grade in the practical makes it possible to get an A* - 30/60 with full UMS in the papers - so if you got around the same again next year (and you may do better in next years just because you're more familiar with it or luck of the paper) then it's not too hard to pull up with the papers. I can't really help you otherwise though because I didn't do the ISA myself sorry.
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    (Original post by WinterApproaches)
    I really doubt it, given that people who haven't studied A level maths are admitted onto the course. Ahh that sounds nice, are you a mature applicant? And same here, need to finish reading on the books- just annoyed at how my tsa scores can vary so wildly, from 74 in one to 58 in another.
    Ah well, it'll help with the cv. Yep, I'll be 32 when I start uni. Decided I need a change of direction in life and I've always wanted to go back to uni.

    I've not had a look at any tests yet, plan to do my first mock in a few weeks once I've got the books and looked at them a bit. I'm sure practice will help you get closer to the high marks in the actual test.


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    I would like to apply for biomedicine at Oxford but I got 4A*s, 5As and 2Bs at GCSE then 5 As including an EPQ at AS levels, I know I flunked GCSEs but is it still worth taking the BMAT and applying to Oxford or do I have no chance?


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    Would Oxford mind candidates if they re-took a year?
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    (Original post by tilly5798)
    Would Oxford mind candidates if they re-took a year?
    Are you the muso person I talked to the other day? I don't think it's outright banned but it would depend on the reasons for retaking a whole year?

    Quite a few people apply to Oxford post-A2, having secured AAA at A2, so that might be a preferable option, rather than resitting a whole year.

    If you really want to take three years to do your A Levels in order to apply for music at Oxford, I'd recommend emailing Alec Sims:
    http://www.music.ox.ac.uk/about/peop...aff/alec-sims/
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    (Original post by The_Lonely_Goatherd)
    Are you the muso person I talked to the other day? I don't think it's outright banned but it would depend on the reasons for retaking a whole year?

    Quite a few people apply to Oxford post-A2, having secured AAA at A2, so that might be a preferable option, rather than resitting a whole year.

    If you really want to take three years to do your A Levels in order to apply for music at Oxford, I'd recommend emailing Alec Sims:
    http://www.music.ox.ac.uk/about/peop...aff/alec-sims/
    Yes, thanks for replying and sorry to bug you again.

    So i can carry on with my A-Levels after A2? (Pretty much a gap year but working on my A-levels instead?)
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    (Original post by The_Lonely_Goatherd)
    Are you the muso person I talked to the other day? I don't think it's outright banned but it would depend on the reasons for retaking a whole year?

    Quite a few people apply to Oxford post-A2, having secured AAA at A2, so that might be a preferable option, rather than resitting a whole year.

    If you really want to take three years to do your A Levels in order to apply for music at Oxford, I'd recommend emailing Alec Sims:
    http://www.music.ox.ac.uk/about/peop...aff/alec-sims/
    Yeah- well do Oxford care about your fourth AS subject? (my D in biology...)
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    (Original post by tilly5798)
    Yes, thanks for replying and sorry to bug you again.

    So i can carry on with my A-Levels after A2? (Pretty much a gap year but working on my A-levels instead?)
    No need to apologise, I love helping/talking to musos! There are so few of them :cry2: So it's great to talk to you You can ask me as many questions as you like.

    D in Biology shouldn't matter - I applied and got in with a C in AS Physics :ahee:

    Sorry, what I meant is go ahead with your A2s and if you get AAA or higher, then apply during a gap year during which you'd do something like travelling or earning money or something music-related :yes:

    If you really feel you need to spend three years on AS/A2 levels, I would strongly recommend asking Alec Sims whether you would stand a reasonable chance. I don't *think* there is anything for music saying you have to do everything within 2 years but it's good to know from the horse's mouth
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    (Original post by The_Lonely_Goatherd)
    No need to apologise, I love helping/talking to musos! There are so few of them :cry2: So it's great to talk to you You can ask me as many questions as you like.

    D in Biology shouldn't matter - I applied and got in with a C in AS Physics :ahee:

    Sorry, what I meant is go ahead with your A2s and if you get AAA or higher, then apply during a gap year during which you'd do something like travelling or earning money or something music-related :yes:

    If you really feel you need to spend three years on AS/A2 levels, I would strongly recommend asking Alec Sims whether you would stand a reasonable chance. I don't *think* there is anything for music saying you have to do everything within 2 years but it's good to know from the horse's mouth
    I know right? I've only met two or three musos on this forum!
    Thats good, because i plan to give private violin/theory lessons as i've signed a DBS form to confirm that i haven't got a criminal past ^^

    Okay, i shall think about it- so should i apply for deferred entry then?
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    I know right? I've only met two or three musos on this forum!
    Thats good, because i plan to give private violin/theory lessons as i've signed a DBS form to confirm that i haven't got a criminal past ^^

    Okay, i shall think about it- so should i apply for deferred entry then?
    Sorry, my bad, my posts aren't very clear. What I mean is if you are worried that your AS grades will hold you back, do what quite a few Oxford musos do and do your A2s. Get your results in August 2016, apply to Oxford in October 2016, interview in December 2016, to (potentially) take up a place in October 2017. Does that make more sense?
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    (Original post by The_Lonely_Goatherd)
    Sorry, my bad, my posts aren't very clear. What I mean is if you are worried that your AS grades will hold you back, do what quite a few Oxford musos do and do your A2s. Get your results in August 2016, apply to Oxford in October 2016, interview in December 2016, to (potentially) take up a place in October 2017. Does that make more sense?
    Yes it does now!- Sorry, it was not you, i just misunderstood so my bad ^^!

    I will definitely take that into consideration, so thank you once again.
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    (Original post by tilly5798)
    Yes it does now!- Sorry, it was not you, i just misunderstood so my bad ^^!

    I will definitely take that into consideration, so thank you once again.
    No worries, I am quite bad at explaining my thought patterns sometimes, so understandable that you got a bit confused as to what I meant

    I just think that what I've outlined above might be a better alternative to taking three years to do your A Levels. But Alec will be able to advise you. He's absolutely lovely and very willing to help prospective applicants, so please don't hesitate to email him
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    Would like that a great deal! I'll pm you sometime!


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    Do make sure if you are taking up this person's offer that you ONLY email it to them if they provide you with an Oxford Uni email address, so that you're sure it's not some fellow applicant about to nick your statement :eek:
 
 
 
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