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ElPeh
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I'm just wondering:

I really want to do History and Politics at Oxford and pretty sure I'd apply to Pembroke. I'm doing both History and Politics at A Level, but I never took History for GCSE, and now I'm worried that's going to count against me :/

So how critical are your GCSEs to your application? Obviously the college may look at the grades, but what about the subject? And if I could prove my interest in the subjects in other ways, how much would it still matter.

I'd really appreciate some help.

THANKYOOUU
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laura94
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If you're doing it at a-level they won't mind. At some schools you can't even do gcse history.
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Oxford are known to look highly upon A*s at GCSE - not to suggest you should have all A*s, but that they should be in the majority. Individual subjects however, I'm not sure. It'd be best if you email different colleges and ask if they require the GCSE. I'd say it shouldn't matter if you're doing those subjects at A-level, however that my personal opinion and not a quote from an admissions tutor.
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Ah thanks Makes me feel a bit better
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Yeh It shouldn't matter- although you may want to read up on things that are in GCSE but not as A Level, such as the Russian Revolution.
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(Original post by Mask Of Sanity)
Oxford are known to look highly upon A*s at GCSE - not to suggest you should have all A*s, but that they should be in the majority. Individual subjects however, I'm not sure. It'd be best if you email different colleges and ask if they require the GCSE. I'd say it shouldn't matter if you're doing those subjects at A-level, however that my personal opinion and not a quote from an admissions tutor.
I'm sorry, but I was under the impression that they didn't give a damn. Can you provide a citation?
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I'm sorry, but I was under the impression that they didn't give a damn. Can you provide a citation?
Do not give a damn about what, exactly?
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GCSEs, doubtly so.
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For History and its joint subjects, all applicants take the History Aptitude Test. Alongside your A2 result or predicted, the HAT will be of more interest to them than any individual GCSE, at least as far as interview decisions are concerned. Post interview, in the arguably unlikely event that two candidates are more or less inseparable then the GCSE's may come into play. But I wouldn't worry about that now if I were you. Just concentrate on your A levels and then don't just treat the HAT as a hurdle to get over but as an opportunity to shine.

BTW, make sure that you are keen enough about Politics to risk its lower offer/application success %. If not, straight History gives better chances and many History modules will address your interest in politics.

Good luck
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My friend just got an offer from St Anne's to do History next year and she didn't do it for GCSE. Just focus on your AS' now!
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Awesome thank you
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So I am right now correcting some of my essay when it suddenly hit me - is this really what the tutors are looking for?

I am writing about The European Union, and what I imagine myself is modern history. Basically I talk about the 40's till present time, how it has changed our world bla bla.

The task was to write a free of choice history topic. Does this count? Is it too present? I get myself writing too much about politics itself, I think... But then again politics is in correlation with history.

So, what do you reckon?

And, what have you written/are writing about?
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I think you're probably over-thinking things. Why don't you try to write a piece you yourself find engaging rather than looking for immediate approval :dontknow:
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I think you're probably over-thinking things. Why don't you try to write a piece you yourself find engaging rather than looking for immediate approval :dontknow:
that's what I've done, and that's what I'm questioning, haha. Think I've driven too far away from the topic 'history', that's what I'm concerned about, but I guess then that's nothing to be concerned about?
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that's what I've done, and that's what I'm questioning, haha. Think I've driven too far away from the topic 'history', that's what I'm concerned about, but I guess then that's nothing to be concerned about?
Ah okay, fair enough. I just find that the role of acadaemia tends to become rather redundant when the stuff we're writing ourselves ceases to be engaging even to the writer.
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Is History and Politics course suitable for a career in international relations ? My issue is that i want to study at oxford, i have interest in interest in international relations, and i dont like PPE course. Is History and Politics a good option ? Or do you think i should rather apply to Cambridge ?
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(Original post by jozef161)
Is History and Politics course suitable for a career in international relations ? My issue is that i want to study at oxford, i have interest in interest in international relations, and i dont like PPE course. Is History and Politics a good option ? Or do you think i should rather apply to Cambridge ?
I'm a straight History student, but noticed that you have not had a reply yet. One way of approaching this question might be to consider the entrance requirements for post-grad International Relations study at Oxford, which states that a (very good) first degree would be expected:

"...in Political Science or International Relations, or in a closely related discipline (e.g. Economics, History, Philosophy, Sociology, Law, etc). However, each application will be assessed upon its own merits and the Department is by no means averse to receiving applications from candidates with unconventional backgrounds"

http://www.politics.ox.ac.uk/index.p...study-faq.html

imho this means that Hist & Pol would be a good route, especially because iirc you can choose a study path which maximises the Politics modules.

Good luck
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(Original post by shoshin)



I'm a straight History student, but noticed that you have not had a reply yet. One way of approaching this question might be to consider the entrance requirements for post-grad International Relations study at Oxford, which states that a (very good) first degree would be expected:

"...in Political Science or International Relations, or in a closely related discipline (e.g. Economics, History, Philosophy, Sociology, Law, etc). However, each application will be assessed upon its own merits and the Department is by no means averse to receiving applications from candidates with unconventional backgrounds"

http://www.politics.ox.ac.uk/index.p...study-faq.html

imho this means that Hist & Pol would be a good route, especially because iirc you can choose a study path which maximises the Politics modules.

Good luck
Thank you for your advice. I just called poliics postgraduate department and they fully confirmed what you wrote. Btw, do you think that college postgraduate admissions at Oxford prefer their own former undergraduates?
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Thank you for your advice. I just called poliics postgraduate department and they fully confirmed what you wrote. Btw, do you think that college postgraduate admissions at Oxford prefer their own former undergraduates?
I don't think that Oxford would want to say that they prefer their own. An Oxford graduate may have a bit of a head start when applying for postgrad, because the first degree is so well respected and the interviewers may know your academic referees etc. It is quite common though for Oxford graduates to choose Cambridge for postgrad and vice-versa, and there are plenty of graduates from other unis too. I think that these days a lot depends on where students can get the funding from.

In summary, I wouldn't really put this at the top of a list of reasons to study at Oxford.
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Can we revive this thread?!? I just got an interview for hispol at Worcester xxx


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