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Will a GCSE C grade destroy my Oxbridge hopes? watch


    I forgot to answer the OP:

    I don't think it will DESTROY your chances, that's a very strong word, but it might not look great - usually the minimum Univesities go for is a B in English Language and Maths. Some require lower, some require higher. Is there a reason you did badly in it, or are you just ... not good at Maths? (or I guess, is there a reason you aren't good at maths? Dyscalculic?). If so, you could probably resit it and just explain that you found grasping Mathematical concepts hard. No biggie, some people just do.
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    Your life is doomed for ever no mtter if you have a 1st degree and 4 A*s at A level that C wll always hold you back.

    (Original post by bambipoppins)
    Opps. It should be 7, I put German Twice.
    I got a C in German so I dropped it. At AS everything else was an A.
    I'll let you know my A2's
    Wow! That is amazing!
    I wish that I had taken my life slower and planned more so that my chances to get into Cambridge would be much higher - I was just dazed and semi-conscious for most of my teenage life. Now, at 17, I have woken up and determined.

    If I could just go back in time, I would change many things.

    By the way, will you marry me?

    (Original post by Dogatonic)

    What if I'm planning on doing something not very mathematical like Anthropology or International Relations? Is it not so apocalyptic then?
    This is under the assumption you will be applying for Cambridge Arch and Anth

    For Hughes Hall, "Mathematics to a good GCSE is normally required".

    Other colleges may have a test at interview or ask for you to submit a school/college essay.

    This is under the assumption you will be applying for Oxford Arch and Anth

    Criteria for admission
    13. Criteria for Admission
    Candidates apply to a college to read Archaeology and Anthropology. Talks given at the annual Open Day emphasise the inter-disciplinary nature of the course of study requiring integration of both Archaeology and Anthropology throughout the three years of the course. The criteria for admission can vary slightly from college to college but the general criteria are as follows:
    1. Any combination of A level subjects will be considered. Students are also required to submit two pieces of marked school work, preferably in two different subjects and in essay format, plus a 300-word statement setting out their interests in archaeology, social and cultural anthropology and biological anthropology.
    2. Places are conditional on candidates obtaining AAB in their A level subjects. (This may vary with some colleges demanding AAA, others demanding AAA in certain subjects etc.) The requirement may be reduced if it is thought by the school and by those interviewing that the candidate is well worth as place, but may not get the required A level grades, for reasons of personal or family illness, family disruption or because the school cannot provide the specialised teaching to ensure good A level grades.
    3. All candidates are interviewed by their first-choice college and most are interviewed at another college (normally their second choice). Decisions on second interviews are taken by all tutors responsible for admissions at a meeting in the evening of the first day of interviews. This practice ensures that those students who deserve a place are considered, even if their first-choice college has filled its quota. Conditional offers of a place are made on the basis of the student’s academic record, the school’s report, the written work submitted and the interview. Post-qualification candidates who meet the criteria will be offered an unconditional place.
    4. During their interview tutors are looking for candidates who not only can display excellence in their chosen A level subjects but who have an interest in and enthusiasm for the study of humans and their material culture, ideally from both arts and science viewpoints, combined with an ability to digest and assimilate significant quantities of data and argue from evidence. In the interview candidates are normally asked to discuss their 300-word written statement and to consider problems from archaeological and anthropological points of view. Tutors may also offer artefacts, maps, or other material to interpret. No prior experience of archaeology or anthropology is required, but any fieldwork experience and general reading in the subject further demonstrates a candidate’s interest and commitment.
    5. The Oxford Colleges Admissions Office produces a table of the equivalent to AAB for Scottish Higher, International Baccalaureate, and many non-UK qualifications, which can be used to assess equivalence in the case of those taking qualifications other than A-levels. The interview criteria are the same.
    6. Candidates who are not predicted to get good A level results, e.g. ABB will not be called for interview but the decision not to call for interview is taken jointly at a meeting held before interviews are scheduled by tutors responsible

    Essentially, they want the best people on their course and those with the most academic potential. Typically people DO get in with "poor grades" in unrelated subjects, but I would advise you to contact specific colleges/departments to see their opinion on your GCSE Maths at grade C just to be sure. Hopefully you will have no problem.

    Good luck.

    If it was a non-core subject then you could just not put it on the application. But everybody does Maths GCSE so they'll know you've taken it and assume you got an even worse grade. If you think you can do better you could resit it and use it to show you don't give up on things, but it isn't realistically going to be the deciding factor on getting in or not.

    If you have great A level predictions as well as 7 A* GCSEs then that is enough academically, as long as you do a good application to go with that. I have a friend who went to Cambridge with a B in an A level ( which matters a lot more than GCSE grades), so don't worry about it too much. Just check there is no minimum Maths grade on the course you apply to. This is usually only C for non-maths related subjects so you should be fine.
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