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    I am currently on a gap year and for personal reasons will be taking another one next year. I will be applying to university in September, however. I want to apply to study history at Oxford.

    My A Level grades were A*AA, but the problem is that my A* was in Economics and not history.

    Will this be looked upon badly? Having taken two gap years I am totally against wasting an application so I need someone to tell me honestly if I have a realistic chance of being given a place.


    Thanks guys


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    (Original post by crastle)
    I am currently on a gap year and for personal reasons will be taking another one next year. I will be applying to university in September, however. I want to apply to study history at Oxford.

    My A Level grades were A*AA, but the problem is that my A* was in Economics and not history.

    Will this be looked upon badly? Having taken two gap years I am totally against wasting an application so I need someone to tell me honestly if I have a realistic chance of being given a place.


    Thanks guys


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    London met might accept that?


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    (Original post by swagyolo420)
    London met might accept that?


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    Doubt it, I heard they're raising their minimum entry requirements to A*A*A for most courses for 2017 entry now
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    (Original post by InadequateJusticex)
    Doubt it, I heard they're raising their minimum entry requirements to A*A*A for most courses for 2017 entry now
    Ah fair enough, should have guessed that was coming really


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    (Original post by crastle)
    I am currently on a gap year and for personal reasons will be taking another one next year. I will be applying to university in September, however. I want to apply to study history at Oxford.

    My A Level grades were A*AA, but the problem is that my A* was in Economics and not history.

    Will this be looked upon badly? Having taken two gap years I am totally against wasting an application so I need someone to tell me honestly if I have a realistic chance of being given a place.


    Thanks guys


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    Hey! I'm a second year studying History at Oxford, so I may be able to help.

    A*AA is totally fine. I have friends who got AAA on my course, as well as friends who got A*AA, but with the A* in a subject other than History.

    The thing to remember is that your application is made up of so many elements that getting AAA or A*AA is totally fine. You have to perform well across the board, in the aptitude tests, interviews, submitted work, and personal statement. In your case the HAT and interviews will be most important: if you can do well in those you'll be totally fine.

    Tutors are interested in the WAY you think. They really do not care about exam robots who come out with A*A*A*, honestly I've been told this so many times during tutorials. There are people who get perfect A-Levels, but who lack intuition and the ability to engage in complex academic debates.

    In short - you'll be absolutely fine.
 
 
 
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