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    I'm worried, to say the least. My GCSEs - I got no A*s, ten As, and one B (Art) so annoyed about that, one mark off an A. I'm taking Classics, History, English and Latin, predicted As, and Latin, History and English next year for A level. I do AEA English, and will do AEA History next term.

    What I'm worried about is my GCSE grades, they don't stand out, in addition to that, I just got the results of a history module, in which I got a C, which is hardly near good enough. I will be retaking, but can Cambridge find out about it? Will that put a black mark against me?

    I want to apply to either St Johns, Kings or Downing for English, Cambridge, what, realistically, are my chances?
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    You'll never find out if you don't apply. Who are we to judge who should get in and who shouldn't?

    "Necessary" as this may be, they do get rather tedious.
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    (Original post by Helenia)
    You'll never find out if you don't apply. Who are we to judge who should get in and who shouldn't?

    "Necessary" as this may be, they do get rather tedious.
    I do apologise, oh so heartily, however- when one is faced with either giving up the pursuit of a place, or actually managing to get hold of, wonder of wonders, an actual Oxbridge student who might actually have received the same grades, then I suppose I don't mind being tedious. As tedious as they are, there is no need to read the post, I believe.
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    (Original post by Wilde_Oscar)
    I do apologise, oh so heartily, however- when one is faced with either giving up the pursuit of a place, or actually managing to get hold of, wonder of wonders, an actual Oxbridge student who might actually have received the same grades, then I suppose I don't mind being tedious. As tedious as they are, there is no need to read the post, I believe.
    I agree. I must have called the admissions office of St. John's between twenty and thirty times to check on various aspects of the admissions-procedure. It would be silly (if polite) not to take advantage of anything that might supply you with the information you need.
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    (Original post by oldthrashbarg)
    I agree. I must have called the admissions office of St. John's between twenty and thirty times to check on various aspects of the admissions-procedure. It would be silly (if polite) not to take advantage of anything that might supply you with the information you need.
    Yes, I suppose I was being rather rude. But my point is there - we can't possibly say that someone with 100A*s, 15 As at A-Level and playing football, rugby and athletics for Britain will get in and someone else won't. And there are a lot of people who ask.

    To be honest, your GCSEs are somewhat lower than most people I know here. However, if you actually can get the A-Level grades you say you can, you might as well give it a shot. Call the admissions office, they're far more likely to know. And to give up because of what we say would be rather silly anyway.
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    Just to answer one question, Cambridge will find out about that history module unless you take it this summer and do better. So if you haven't already, get entered for it.
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    (Original post by Helenia)
    Yes, I suppose I was being rather rude. But my point is there - we can't possibly say that someone with 100A*s, 15 As at A-Level and playing football, rugby and athletics for Britain will get in and someone else won't. And there are a lot of people who ask.

    To be honest, your GCSEs are somewhat lower than most people I know here. However, if you actually can get the A-Level grades you say you can, you might as well give it a shot. Call the admissions office, they're far more likely to know. And to give up because of what we say would be rather silly anyway.
    Your rudeness disgusts me Helen
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    (Original post by Helenia)
    Yes, I suppose I was being rather rude. But my point is there - we can't possibly say that someone with 100A*s, 15 As at A-Level and playing football, rugby and athletics for Britain will get in and someone else won't. And there are a lot of people who ask.

    To be honest, your GCSEs are somewhat lower than most people I know here. However, if you actually can get the A-Level grades you say you can, you might as well give it a shot. Call the admissions office, they're far more likely to know. And to give up because of what we say would be rather silly anyway.
    Helenia is right, we really can't say if a person with 100 nobel prizes and 100000 A*s at gcse with 100 As at alevel or the guy with 10Es at gcse etc will get in or not, stranger things have happened. You'll have to decide for yourself, we're not admissions tutors
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    (Original post by BossLady)
    Helenia is right, we really can't say if a person with 100 nobel prizes and 100000 A*s at gcse with 100 As at alevel or the guy with 10Es at gcse etc will get in or not, stranger things have happened. You'll have to decide for yourself, we're not admissions tutors
    Of course, but then that is what we ought to tell people who ask. I think most of the people asking are too concerned with grades (although they are important), while the Oxbridge admissions officers know that the examination systems are not nearly flexible enough to form the entire basis of the decision.

    Therefore, I would advice anyone who have high grades and who want to go to Oxbridge, to apply, even if their grades are not as high as those of the average offer receivee.
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    Yes, you were faintly rude, Helenia, however, no more than I would expect from someone with a serious case of ennui with those asking. And my overdose of sarcasm was a response to the rudeness.

    My reason for asking was because so far, I have not seen people on here with no A*s, and my module result. I was worried, and I wanted to know how far it would count in the opinion of so intellectually superior students so, I asked. What harm could it do to venture the question?
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    Wilde Oscar, are u a batty boy?
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    Try having a look at the profiles on this site http://oa.waveflex.com/. It has the GCSE and A level grades of lots of Oxbridge applicants, and there are a certain number who succeeded in getting offers with no or very few A*s eg Zora got into Trinity for French with 1A and 9Cs, and Jay got into St Catharine's for English with just 1A*.
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    You obviously want to apply and you get to use 6 choices so just go for it. There are students with worse GCSE grades who have gained places and we should all know now that it isn't all about the grades Try to remain realistic about it though - no matter what qualifications you have got, the course is extremely competitive.
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    (Original post by Togger)
    Wilde Oscar, are u a batty boy?
    No, actually, if you check my profile, I'm not a 'boy' at all. I'm female, I just have a healthy appreciation of Oscar Wilde's work, particularly Picture of Dorian Grey.

    And what the hell is a 'batty boy'?
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    Lol
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    (Original post by Wilde_Oscar)
    No, actually, if you check my profile, I'm not a 'boy' at all. I'm female, I just have a healthy appreciation of Oscar Wilde's work, particularly Picture of Dorian Grey.

    And what the hell is a 'batty boy'?
    The Picture of Dorian Gray is excellent. I did a sort of extended analysis of it as an exam project in school. Have you ever read any of his "serious" output, e.g. "The soul of man under Socialism"?
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    It seems to be a feature of these forums that people deliberately use over-refined language, presumably because they think this is what is expected of successful candidates- doesnt this seem just a little bit pretentious? I doubt anyone here actually walks around referring to themselves as 'one'....
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    (Original post by MrKeen)
    It seems to be a feature of these forums that people deliberately use over-refined language, presumably because they think this is what is expected of successful candidates- doesnt this seem just a little bit pretentious? I doubt anyone here actually walks around referring to themselves as 'one'....

    You'd be surprised.

    If the vast majority of my fellow Lancastrians wrote how they talked would that satisfy you? They dont speak queens English, so shouldnt attempt to compose it?
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    (Original post by MrKeen)
    It seems to be a feature of these forums that people deliberately use over-refined language, presumably because they think this is what is expected of successful candidates- doesnt this seem just a little bit pretentious? I doubt anyone here actually walks around referring to themselves as 'one'....

    One uses the term 'one' when one wishes to use a familar term, but one that can also be used for others, appearing personal, but also less colloquial.

    Of course, I can't really be arsed to do refined, I do actually use the term 'one' in general, but then I also crap like everyone else? Am I sounding a little less pretentious, or merely annoyed?
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    (Original post by BossLady)
    Helenia is right, we really can't say if a person with 100 nobel prizes and 100000 A*s at gcse with 100 As at alevel or the guy with 10Es at gcse etc will get in or not, stranger things have happened. You'll have to decide for yourself, we're not admissions tutors
    im pretty sure that if the person has 100000 a* at gcse with 100as at alevel will get in
 
 
 
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