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    So I had 2A*s, 5A's and a B in my O levels and I'm now in the first year of college. I wanted to know what grades to be getting to apply to Oxford or Cambridge in A levels? And are these grades okay do you think?? I am also in extra curriculars. I was head girl for 4 consecutive years and was the main speaker of our school for as long as I remember.. Pleaseee helppp 😞😊
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    Did you actually do O-levels, or GCSEs? What course do you want to apply for? What subjects are you doing at A-level?
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    Genuine question, do people still do o levels?
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    (Original post by Blondie987)
    Genuine question, do people still do o levels?
    Not in the UK but in parts of the Commonwealth they are still run by CIE.
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    (Original post by null_geodesic)
    Not in the UK but in parts of the Commonwealth they are still run by CIE.
    Ah right thanks!
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    (Original post by Zainab Baber)
    So I had 2A*s, 5A's and a B in my O levels and I'm now in the first year of college. I wanted to know what grades to be getting to apply to Oxford or Cambridge in A levels? And are these grades okay do you think?? I am also in extra curriculars. I was head girl for 4 consecutive years and was the main speaker of our school for as long as I remember.. Pleaseee helppp 😞😊
    I think it depends on which course. For something like medicine, you might be at a slight disadvantage as the average number of A*s at gcse is something like 9.3 for successful applicants
    There is a section, however, where they will take in account any special circumstances as to your GCSE grades and they will compare them to the average amount of A*s kids at your school achieve
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    (Original post by atomicjellyfish)
    I think it depends on which course. For something like medicine, you might be at a slight disadvantage as the average number of A*s at gcse is something like 9.3 for successful applicants
    There is a section, however, where they will take in account any special circumstances as to your GCSE grades and they will compare them to the average amount of A*s kids at your school achieve
    Thanks for the reply )
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    (Original post by sweeneyrod)
    Did you actually do O-levels, or GCSEs? What course do you want to apply for? What subjects are you doing at A-level?
    I gave the O levels . I want to apply for medicine or something related to biology. At the moment I'm taking Biolgy, Physics and chemistry for my A levels.
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    (Original post by Zainab Baber)
    I gave the O levels . I want to apply for medicine or something related to biology. At the moment I'm taking Biolgy, Physics and chemistry for my A levels.
    I presume you are an international applicant. In that case I'm afraid that you would have a very low chance of getting an offer (presuming that O-levels are about as hard as GCSEs). Oxford place a lot of weight on GCSEs, and 2 A*'s is considerably worse than most applicants. Most applicants will have far more. For medicine, the situation is even worse because most applicants are stronger, and there are government quotas for international medical students.

    You have a marginally higher (but still very low) chance of getting into Cambridge, as they place less weight on your GCSEs. However, the fact that you are an international applicant who is only taking 3 A-levels when combined with your poor (by Oxbridge standards) GCSEs still puts you at a very major disadvantage.

    Sorry not to be more encouraging. There's nothing to stop you applying, but your chances of success are very small.
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    (Original post by sweeneyrod)
    I presume you are an international applicant. In that case I'm afraid that you would have a very low chance of getting an offer (presuming that O-levels are about as hard as GCSEs). Oxford place a lot of weight on GCSEs, and 2 A*'s is considerably worse than most applicants. Most applicants will have far more. For medicine, the situation is even worse because most applicants are stronger, and there are government quotas for international medical students.

    You have a marginally higher (but still very low) chance of getting into Cambridge, as they place less weight on your GCSEs. However, the fact that you are an international applicant who is only taking 3 A-levels when combined with your poor (by Oxbridge standards) GCSEs still puts you at a very major disadvantage.

    Sorry not to be more encouraging. There's nothing to stop you applying, but your chances of success are very small.
    I'm a British citizen. I'm doing well in my a levels right now. I had an A* in my recent test and am continuing to try hard. I'm very determined . I didn't really put much effort in my o levels ( because at the times didn't really know it mattered a lot). And O levels in tougher than GCSEs.
    But thanks anyway. ☺️
 
 
 
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