Oxford or Cambridge to do HistoryWatch
Hi, I am looking at applying to Oxbridge to study History. I achieved 8 A*s and 2 A's (Maths and Art). I achieved a score of 99/100 In the International GCSE History exam. I go to a top boys private secondary school where a lot of boys have 9 or 10 A*'s. Oxford look at the grades in your school on average and the average was 8 A*'s 2 A's. I have done remarkably well but does this mean the chances of an Oxford interview are less likely? My school have encouraged me to apply to do History at Oxbridge and without coming across as cocky, the reports show that I am one of the best (if not the best) at History in my year. I am doing the IB Diploma and at Oxford the offer is usually 38-39 points for Cambridge an offer is 40-42 points. I do History, English and Philosophy at Higher Level and Latin, Chemistry and Maths at Standard Level. Though I haven't been given my predictions yet I reckon I will be (or at least hope to be) in the 40s. Having said this I am very passionate about History and I have read quite a few history books on the Renaissance and the Medici family already. I also aim to visit Florence so that I can carry out any historical research whilst I am there. This will then be followed by a school trip to Berlin in October time after Oxbridge applications have been sent off. I also have my own history blog in which I post articles on anything I have learnt from my wider reading as well as any school essays I have done. I would be very grateful if you could tell me what are the chances like of getting an interview at Xbridge based on my GCSE grades, predicted grades I think I will be given and my passion for history? I am concerned that though I have done remarkably well in GCSE's that this is not enough to get an interview. I think I've read somewhere that Cambridge take in around 80% of their applicants for interview and I'm wondering over the likeliness of simply getting an interview. Regardless of their courses which one would you recommend that I apply to if we are looking at chances of getting to the interview stage and success afterwards? I would be grateful if you could tell me my chances of receiving an interview at Oxford (if I were to pass the HAT test) against a Cambridge interview and whether it is worth me applying and whether my GCSE grades are good enough? Thank you
Note that Cambridge are changing their selection criteria given the demise of AS levels. Details will be announced in February.