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ALJB
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One of these again! I'm just wondering whether it'd be worth applying to Oxford University or not under these circumstances, mainly due to GCSE's:
- Did poorly at GCSE (No A*s), yes due to extenuating circumstances but still..
- However, applies with A2 grades already of A*A*AA or similar.

For Experimental Psychology I know a lot of people say Oxford look at GCSE's a lot more than other universities, however if the GCSE requirements aren't up to scratch, would already having the A level grades above the entry requirements counteract the poor performance at GCSE's? providing PS and admission test is very good too. It would probably be for 2017 entry, however I really don't want to get my hopes up if it's not going to be probable before going to the open day and speaking directly to admissions tutors next year!
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If you had extenuating circumstances during your GCSEs, then they may be prepared to overlook them - providing the rest of your application makes you a suitable candidate.

However, bear in mind that most applicants will be predicted or have achieved higher than the minimum entrance requirements - I don't know the exact statistics for Oxford, but I know at Cambridge the average is something like 2-3.5 (subject dependent) A*s for current students here. The average number of UCAS points at Oxford (which do give a very rough guide of A level results) was 536 in 2011, roughly A*A*A*A or A*A*A*ab or similar.

Of course, this is just an AVERAGE figure - so some students will have above and below this. They will also be looking at your admissions test and interview performance too - so even if your grades aren't absolutely perfect you would still have a good chance.

I would say, it's worth applying - the worst that can happen is that they say no! With those kind of grades you should expect at least a couple of offers from other unis, so sacrificing one space on your UCAS form for Oxford wouldn't be much of a risk.
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Thank you! I'm going to try and aim for A*A*A*A/a, we'll have to see what happens, I'd never considered Oxbridge before - but Oxfords course is phenomenal, exactly specific to my interests and what I hope to do in the future/specialise in!
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Unless you are worried about missing your other 4 choices (you shouldn't be if you are considering Oxford) then there is no harm in trying.
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