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    Hi there,

    I was just wondering if work improves your UCAS app? i.e, say if you had the grades and some really good work are universities more likely to give you a conditional offer?

    I am working at a couple of private swiss banks/hedge funds and a brokerage in the City over the course of the summer and year and will apply for degrees in Economics/Finance.

    Also, how would Oxford look at working at these places? Say I had AAA at A - level in Economics, geography and history would I have a shot at Economics and Management? Would the work placements have a significant weighting on my app for Oxford? The reason I ask this is because I have fairly average GCES's just A's and B's.

    Thank you in advance.
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    I think any work experience you have relevant to your subject is definitely advantageous. It shows your commitment and is also a good topic to talk about at interviews.
    But for Oxford... and with no A*s... I'm not sure it will do enough for you because they are really picky about A* percentage.
    Have you already applied to Oxford? If not, perhaps look at Cambridge. They put less weighting on GCSEs and more on AS Levels.
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    You wouldn't be eligible for E&M at Oxford regardless:

    "Candidates are required to have Mathematics to A-level, Advanced Higher, or Higher Level in the IB, or another equivalent."
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    (Original post by Mr Inquisitive)
    You wouldn't be eligible for E&M at Oxford regardless:

    "Candidates are required to have Mathematics to A-level, Advanced Higher, or Higher Level in the IB, or another equivalent."
    thats answers that question then...
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    What about PPE? I guess with Oxford I am pushing above my weight - big time! But I just want to see if this work could swing it? Do institutions like Oxford only look at grades?
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    (Original post by Hackett)
    What about PPE? I guess with Oxford I am pushing above my weight - big time! But I just want to see if this work could swing it? Do institutions like Oxford only look at grades?
    Technically yes, you have a chance, but 90% of applicants last year had Mathematics to AS (i.e. while it's not a formal requirement, it's heavily advised).

    In regards to work: if it's relevant experience, it could play a part, albeit I'm not sure how large that part would be.
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    Yes, yes it does.
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    What about PPE? I guess with Oxford I am pushing above my weight - big time! But I just want to see if this work could swing it? Do institutions like Oxford only look at grades?
    At the Oxford law open day (I know it's not for economics or PPE) the tutor said that they would never use work experience as a deciding factor between candidates. He said it was because a lot of work experience is based on who you know rather than your actual interest and was hinting at people with parents with connections.

    The impression I got was that the only things that really mattered were grades (GCSE and AS, not so much predicted), written tests and interview performance.
 
 
 

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