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Hey so basically, my brother wants to apply to Oxbridge.

His GCSE's were; 1 A*(math), 2 A's, 2 B's, 2 C's, 3 D's and 1 E
He done his AS Level and got 3 D's and 1 U. He retook it the year after doing his A-Level altogether in one year (this year) and got 3 A*'s in Maths, Further Maths and Economics (Worked like mad!). The school which he retook it predicted him 3 C's and he chose not to apply for uni, instead choosing to apply this October for oxbridge. Will he get into Oxbridge considering his academic history?

He's not sure because he says:

1) Cambridge don't like retakes.
2) Oxford want top GCSE's

He wants to do Maths.

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Unfortunately Oxford are really GCSE heavy so he may have some problems there. Cambridge are most interested in UMS module scores. If he has AS and A2 modules in the high 90s, he may have a shot. I would email the admissions officers there just to be sure and to get their stance on retakes.
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Unfortunately Oxford are really GCSE heavy so he may have some problems there. Cambridge are most interested in UMS module scores. If he has AS and A2 modules in the high 90s, he may have a shot. I would email the admissions officers there just to be sure and to get their stance on retakes.
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He did, Cambridge said:

"Your application will be mainly judged on your UMS scores for your Maths modules. Most applicants score over 90 in most of their modules, and over 95 in a good number of them. They tend not to retake if one module is out of line.

Retakes shouldn't count against you if there is a good reason for it – for example illness. You should make sure to explain this on the supplementary Cambridge application form, though, as retakes are generally very unusual."
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If he has already completed his A Levels then his A Level grades supersede the grades he got at GCSE. Therefore, between the two, I would say your brother has a much higher chance of acceptance at Oxford than at Cambridge.

Oxford does consider the GCSE grades heavily for students applying at the normal time (e.g. having completed AS Levels and with predictions for A Levels). As you can see, your brother is a clear example of how inaccurate these predictions can be. Therefore, Oxford tends to look at the concrete results shown by a student, which at that point are GCSEs.

After having completed the A Levels, your brother should stand a good chance in application. However, there are a few important points he should consider when writing his personal statement. Firstly, all universities love to see students that have overcome obstacles (such as poor grades in GCSEs or prior to that, family member's illness, personal illness, etc.) and achieved excellent results now. Therefore, in the personal statement, your brother must highlight how he has learnt from his mistakes and become stronger as an individual and is unlikely to repeat them in the future.

The last bit is extremely important, because Oxford is ultimately a business with a reputation to maintain, therefore it cannot risk taking on a student that has had "poor" grades in the past, because the student might get poor grades again and that reflects badly on the university.

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Goodluck!
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Hey so basically, my brother wants to apply to Oxbridge.

His GCSE's were; 1 A*(math), 2 A's, 2 B's, 2 C's, 3 D's and 1 E
He done his AS Level and got 3 D's and 1 U. He retook it the year after doing his A-Level altogether in one year (this year) and got 3 A*'s in Maths, Further Maths and Economics (Worked like mad!). The school which he retook it predicted him 3 C's and he chose not to apply for uni, instead choosing to apply this October for oxbridge. Will he get into Oxbridge considering his academic history?

He's not sure because he says:

1) Cambridge don't like retakes.
2) Oxford want top GCSE's

He wants to do Maths.

Thanks!
Even with great final A level grades, His chances at either Oxford or Cambridge are not good unless there is a powerful explanation for average GCSE grades and a poor AS outcome. Both are looking for a sustained track record of academic success that predicts good future outcomes. That said, it's only one of 5 UCAS choices so if he wants to give it a go there's nothing to lose in applying.

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