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I've been lucky enough to receive an open offer for Oxford. Any ideas how the college is decided in August? do they reassess my application by the grades I get, and if so is it inadvisable to drop my 4th subject which isn't part of my AAA offer? :confused: thanks...
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As far as I am aware, provided you get the grades they asked for, you are guaranteed a place, but they do not allocate you a a college until results time. Colleges will then know if they have spaces if any of their original candidates fail to meet their requirements
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Never heard of one :| care to explain it?
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Woah that's so weird
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Well, i think it means..

the college to which i applied was full for my subject, cos i was the 9th best and there were only 8 places or something, but the university wants me, so if i get 3 AAAs my letter says the place is guaranteed but the college will be decided when A levels are published. Im wondering wether to drop a subject to ensure i get AAA or wether to keep it up incase they re-assess me when choosing my college and the more qualified i am the better college it'll be...or is it just a random process where the shove me where ever the space is?!
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Well, i think it means..

the college to which i applied was full for my subject, cos i was the 9th best and there were only 8 places or something, but the university wants me, so if i get 3 AAAs my letter says the place is guaranteed but the college will be decided when A levels are published. Im wondering wether to drop a subject to ensure i get AAA or wether to keep it up incase they re-assess me when choosing my college and the more qualified i am the better college it'll be...or is it just a random process where the shove me where ever the space is?!
Congrats on this! But its awfully scaring not knowing where you'll be at before the results. Haha it's like 'hi-class' clearing!!! But its great.
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(Original post by CZUCK)
Well, i think it means..

the college to which i applied was full for my subject, cos i was the 9th best and there were only 8 places or something, but the university wants me, so if i get 3 AAAs my letter says the place is guaranteed but the college will be decided when A levels are published. Im wondering wether to drop a subject to ensure i get AAA or wether to keep it up incase they re-assess me when choosing my college and the more qualified i am the better college it'll be...or is it just a random process where the shove me where ever the space is?!
I think they just shove you wherever they can find a place, I don't think they bother having extra discussion about it because they already know you're good enough so they just randomly assign you. Not positive though, but congrats !
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Well, i think it means..

the college to which i applied was full for my subject, cos i was the 9th best and there were only 8 places or something, but the university wants me, so if i get 3 AAAs my letter says the place is guaranteed but the college will be decided when A levels are published. Im wondering wether to drop a subject to ensure i get AAA or wether to keep it up incase they re-assess me when choosing my college and the more qualified i am the better college it'll be...or is it just a random process where the shove me where ever the space is?!
Make sure the offer isn't contingent on you actually taking the four subjects you said you were going to do when they made you the offer - Cos even if they're only asking for AAA, it might be they still expect you to be taking those four subjects. I think it says on the ucas form that if you drop subjects, you have to tell them. So Oxford would find out.
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Since not many people (from what I know anyway) have heard of Open offers at Oxford, here's an excerpt from the web site:

'A few candidates are made Pool (or open) offers: firm places at Oxford, but with the college not yet specified. Don't be concerned by this. It is part of the mechanism by which Oxford tries to make sure that the maximum number of promising students are given a chance to study here. You will be allocated a college after the A-Level results come out in August.'

Czuck, the confirmation letters from Oxford and UCAS should state the specific A-levels you need. I think you need the 4th A-level, and should do it regardless of your offer (well done btw). If you do get the required grades then you definitely have a place. Some people won't get the required grades, so some colleges will have some spaces to fill. This is how your college shall be determined.
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Well, i think it means..

the college to which i applied was full for my subject, cos i was the 9th best and there were only 8 places or something, but the university wants me, so if i get 3 AAAs my letter says the place is guaranteed but the college will be decided when A levels are published. Im wondering wether to drop a subject to ensure i get AAA or wether to keep it up incase they re-assess me when choosing my college and the more qualified i am the better college it'll be...or is it just a random process where the shove me where ever the space is?!
For courses like chemistry up to 10% are done by open places and I think for others sciences too. I've always assumed it is a case of allocating people to places once it's clear where there is room after results. Not sure if there is any pecking order by results.
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There is a pecking order in terms of results. My next door neighbour got an open offer of AAA inc biology and psychology for biological sciences last year. She got AAA but only a B in psychology so she was refused by BNC (her original college) even though someone else missed their grades by more. However, she was put in a pool to see if any other colleges had spare places and would consider accepting her and Hilda's stepped in. Often people with open offers are accepted in the summer by their original college anyway.

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I've been lucky enough to receive an open offer for Oxford. Any ideas how the college is decided in August? do they reassess my application by the grades I get, and if so is it inadvisable to drop my 4th subject which isn't part of my AAA offer? :confused: thanks...
My advice would be to call and ask. someone else got a AAA offer and asked if they could drop the other A level and they were told yes.
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