AS levels and OxfordWatch
Straightforward question but can't get a straightforward answer! Does Oxford use AS results as part of the application process or A level predicted grades? I assumed they would of course use AS results but have been told by someone that they don't because public schools often don't declare theirs so this puts them at an unfair advantage...Daughter got an A and four B grades at AS. Hoping to get a remark on one B as a coursework module graded low A by school came back as D and this pulled her grade down to B in her main subject, the one she'd like to apply to study at Oxford. She hopes to be predicted three A grades, or A*, A, A but is now worrying about the AS grades on her UCAS...Oxford want three As. She has lots of relevant extra curricular and a true passion for her subject. I think she'd interview well, given the chance. This is her dream and I hate to see her so worried...
I have been told that Oxford do not place too much emphasis on personal statements, and instead mainly look at academic performance and any admissions test. Don't quote me on this, but I think around 60% of applicants are shortlisted for an interview (sure it was 60%, I remember reading it somewhere)
She might be better off doing a gap year and applying post-A2 if one of the Bs are in the subject she wishes to read at Oxford, imho
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Thanks for your reply and good luck with your application. I also thought it made sense for Oxford to look at AS as a good indicator and GCSE results of course. However, I also know of students (my cousin being one) with straight A* s at GCSE and all A grades at A level who didn't get past the interview stage for Oxford. Also, I understand some public schools submit AS data but believe that not all do...most Oxbridge advice seems contradictory I feel! When my daughter went to the open day at Oxford staff expressed the importance of interview and passion for the subject that can't be measured by a written test.
Thanks both - I've suggested a gap as a possibility. I guess it depends on the remark...she has been offered a great opportunity if she wants a year out. She plans to study music and got an A* at GCSE, it's just the one composition module with the bizarre and unexpected score at AS, other modules were solid. Do you think school's predictions will overrule the AS? The school is well respected with a good Oxbridge success rate. They'll only make accurate and reliable predictions because of their reputation. Today they were suggesting A's or A* and A's.
Thanks everyone for your replies and advice 😃 much appreciated, will pass on info to my daughter and arrange the remark - the one anomaly was this composition module, as mentioned, otherwise her music exam record is unblemished. Gap year is a last resort but the proposals would link really well with the music course requirements if she does take this. Thanks again, time will tell!
Update...daughter has to wait for a clerical check on her music module but indications from staff are that this is likely to be a clerical error - phew! That said, this hiccup has given her an opportunity to think over options and she has decided to take a gap year from next summer, regardless of the outcome, to follow some musical opps she has been offered. She feels she will be in a better position to apply with her A levels already 'in the bag'. Thanks for the advice on this thread, you've all really helped her consider her options 😊 good luck to you all for your future choices and ventures!