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    I want to apply to Oxford or Cambridge but I got 4 A's, 6 B's and a C for my GCSE's. I know it's definitely not Oxford/Cambridge standard but would I have a chance if I get an amazing set of results for A Level (A-A*)? I'm taking Chemistry, Biology, Maths and Physics- of all which I got a B in.

    Generally: good GCSEs-> Oxford, high UMS-> Cambridge

    It depends on what you want to study. I can't speak for Oxford, but Cambridge tend to look for an upward academic trajectory which up until now has been expressed in AS UMS results. If you apply, you also have to fill in an SAQ which requires you to list UMS grades in all the modules you take. If you can show distinct improvement they are likely to be interested, but they do burrow deep into the whole application, not just the grades.

    If you are applying from a school or college which typically does not field candidates, that is also taken into account, along with extenuating circumstances for unexpectedly low grades.

    The main thing though is the course. Check if there are any required or facilitating subjects, read the prospectus and be informed. There is no point in applying for a course you won't enjoy as if you do apply and get in, you're going to be working in a pressurised environment on that subject for three years. That could feel like a very long time if you hate it.

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