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    I'm not a PPE applicant, but, having been through the whole process, I know that plenty of people get in with far from perfect grades. Plenty without straight As at AS, and with less than five A*s. Of course the better your results are, the better your application will be. But there's quite a few misconceptions about what you need to get in. At interviews I also met a second year PPEist, who didn't have maths A level. So they are clearly not as strict on that as, say, LSE.

    But also, for what it's worth, I think it's good to get away from a fixed idea of what you want to do. Boss your GCSEs, and then read. Basically just follow your interests. You might still want to go into Pakistani politics and read PPE, but be open minded and read, read, read. I think what they like at interviews is somebody who has found a niche that really interests them, and you'll probably find that in your AS year. I reckon it's that kind of stuff that makes you stand out, rather than having three or four more GCSE A*s than the person they just interviewed.

    And; incidentally, I am halfway through doing exactly the same A levels as you have chosen. I was originally thinking of PPE, and changed to History and Politics.

    When you say you've been through the whole process what do you mean are you talking about the interview or what?
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    When you say you've been through the whole process what do you mean are you talking about the interview or what?
    I mean I've just been through the whole deal, from sitting GCSEs to offer holder. So AS levels, PS, entrance exams etc.
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    I mean I've just been through the whole deal, from sitting GCSEs to offer holder. So AS levels, PS, entrance exams etc.
    GL with your A levels.
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    (Original post by MouseyBrown)
    I'm not a PPE applicant, but, having been through the whole process, I know that plenty of people get in with far from perfect grades. Plenty without straight As at AS, and with less than five A*s. Of course the better your results are, the better your application will be. But there's quite a few misconceptions about what you need to get in. At interviews I also met a second year PPEist, who didn't have maths A level. So they are clearly not as strict on that as, say, LSE.

    But also, for what it's worth, I think it's good to get away from a fixed idea of what you want to do. Boss your GCSEs, and then read. Basically just follow your interests. You might still want to go into Pakistani politics and read PPE, but be open minded and read, read, read. I think what they like at interviews is somebody who has found a niche that really interests them, and you'll probably find that in your AS year. I reckon it's that kind of stuff that makes you stand out, rather than having three or four more GCSE A*s than the person they just interviewed.

    And; incidentally, I am halfway through doing exactly the same A levels as you have chosen. I was originally thinking of PPE, and changed to History and Politics.
    I completely understand what your are talking about. The university is looking for the whole package rather than a person that can just memorise and pass exams. However, many teachers and students say that there is no point in applying to Oxford without at least 5A*. I understand that this is an average number and there are going to be students that get accepted with much less.

    I am aware that Maths is no longer a requirement for PPE at Oxford 🙏🤘
    However, their standard offer is AAA. Have people with less than that been given an offer ?

    How are you finding your A levels ? Have you got any tips or warnings for me ? Thanks

    Have you received an offer from Oxford for History and Politics?

    I know someone that was in the same boat as you. They wanted to PPE at Oxford but then applied for History and Politics.

    I don't think my interest in entering Pakistani politics will change. I knew I wanted to do PPE at Oxford and become a politician since the age of around 7.LOL. Hard to believe. I know

    That was after watching the late Christopher Lee's movie called Jinnah.

    I appreciate you saying this as it is quite reassuring. Thanks


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    I mean I've just been through the whole deal, from sitting GCSEs to offer holder. So AS levels, PS, entrance exams etc.
    Wow. Congratulations. What GCSEs did you get ? If you don't mind me asking.


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    GL with your A levels.
    Haha cheers. It's pretty mad having a place at my dream uni in reach, but knowing that READING ONE QUESTION WRONG IN AN EXAM WILL RUIN MY ENTIRE LIFE.

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    Haha cheers. It's pretty mad having a place at my dream uni in reach, but knowing that READING ONE QUESTION WRONG IN AN EXAM WILL RUIN MY ENTIRE LIFE.

    You have to be on point then. Can you give the OP some advice I feel my situation doesn't qualify me to do so. I said read Wealth of Nations and Das Kapital vol 1, But those are just personal favourites of mine.
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    You have to be on point then. Can you give the OP some advice I feel my situation doesn't qualify me to do so. I said read Wealth of Nations and Das Kapital vol 1, But those are just personal favourites of mine.
    I appreciate you going out of your way to provide me with advice even if you don't qualify as someone that should. Thanks a bunch👍


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    I appreciate you going out of your way to provide me with advice even if you don't qualify as someone that should. Thanks a bunch👍


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    Sorry I didn't realise my advice was that bad.
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    (Original post by MR.ANONYMOUS 786)
    However, many teachers and students say that there is no point in applying to Oxford without at least 5A*. I understand that this is an average number and there are going to be students that get accepted with much less.

    I am aware that Maths is no longer a requirement for PPE at Oxford 🙏🤘
    However, their standard offer is AAA. Have people with less than that been given an offer ?

    How are you finding your A levels ? Have you got any tips or warnings for me ? Thanks

    Have you received an offer from Oxford for History and Politics?

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    I think this exactly the kind of thing I'm warning you of. Saying there is 'no point' in applying without X amount of A*s is just bad advice. It's wrong, and is the kind of thing that I think is a reason for fewer non-public school students applying.

    True about the A levels, though. You need AAA predictions, and it will be hard to get in if you miss your offer.

    About the A levels. Make sure you know what specific units you will study. Probably everything is interesting up to a point, but, say, I would probably not have picked English Lit if I'd know I would be doing First World War poetry. Funnily enough, I wish I had chosen Maths. The rest are all good, Econ was the best decision I ever made, my history units are perfect, and politics fits in with it all really nicely. But, again, if I was studying Henry VIII or something instead of post-war England at History, it wouldn't all go so nicely together.

    So check what you would be studying, and smash loads of past papers. Cause getting good UMS at AS definitely takes off the pressure at A2. Which in itself is kind of worrying, cause pressure is good! And just read around your subject. Have opinions, ideas on different things.

    Yeah, got an offer for History and Politics, and GCSEs are 9 A* and an A.
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    Sorry I didn't realise my advice was that bad.
    Haha, brutal
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    You have to be on point then. Can you give the OP some advice I feel my situation doesn't qualify me to do so. I said read Wealth of Nations and Das Kapital vol 1, But those are just personal favourites of mine.
    If they are personal favourites, that's all good, follow your interests. I think there are a lot of 'cliche' books. Like apparently everyone would put Carr's 'What is History' on their PS. Don't read stuff like that just for the sake of it, read it cause you actually think it sounds interesting.

    I had the Road to Serfdom on my PS, which is probably about as cliche as you get. But I could sort of explain how I ended up reading that, having read stuff about Socialism etc.
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    92% of people who do PPE at oxford have Maths... 28% even have Further maths
    If you want a chance you gotta do maths
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    (Original post by MouseyBrown)
    I'm not a PPE applicant, but, having been through the whole process, I know that plenty of people get in with far from perfect grades. Plenty without straight As at AS, and with less than five A*s. Of course the better your results are, the better your application will be. But there's quite a few misconceptions about what you need to get in. At interviews I also met a second year PPEist, who didn't have maths A level. So they are clearly not as strict on that as, say, LSE.

    But also, for what it's worth, I think it's good to get away from a fixed idea of what you want to do. Boss your GCSEs, and then read. Basically just follow your interests. You might still want to go into Pakistani politics and read PPE, but be open minded and read, read, read. I think what they like at interviews is somebody who has found a niche that really interests them, and you'll probably find that in your AS year. I reckon it's that kind of stuff that makes you stand out, rather than having three or four more GCSE A*s than the person they just interviewed.

    And; incidentally, I am halfway through doing exactly the same A levels as you have chosen. I was originally thinking of PPE, and changed to History and Politics.
    Recently got my offer for history - which college did you get into??
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    (Original post by MouseyBrown)
    If they are personal favourites, that's all good, follow your interests. I think there are a lot of 'cliche' books. Like apparently everyone would put Carr's 'What is History' on their PS. Don't read stuff like that just for the sake of it, read it cause you actually think it sounds interesting.

    I had the Road to Serfdom on my PS, which is probably about as cliche as you get. But I could sort of explain how I ended up reading that, having read stuff about Socialism etc.
    What the OP might not realise is that although I had no academic qualifications no GCSEs no A Levels I did get an interview at Cambridge university for architecture. I think that's because I spent my days in the library reading about architecture. That must have come across in my PS and at interview because I was offered another interview in Art History. I'm the only person I know to have got an interview in that situation of having no qualifications.
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    Recently got my offer for history - which college did you get into??
    Nice work

    I got into Harris Manchester, for over 21s. Messed up school first time round

    What about you? How's A2 going? How did you find interviews? I actually hated them.
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    What the OP might not realise is that although I had no academic qualifications no GCSEs no A Levels I did get an interview at Cambridge university for architecture. I think that's because I spent my days in the library reading about architecture. That must have come across in my PS and at interview because I was offered another interview in Art History. I'm the only person I know to have got an interview in that situation of having no qualifications.
    Ha you're proof then that reading = good
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    Ha you're proof then that reading = good
    I had just come out of mental hospital and I read 24/7 it was obsessive but it proves it pays off. Well in some ways it did but I didn't get a place.
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    I appreciate you going out of your way to provide me with advice even if you don't qualify as someone that should. Thanks a bunch👍


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    Sorry Mr Anonymous I didn't mean to be so harsh.
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    (Original post by MouseyBrown)
    Nice work

    I got into Harris Manchester, for over 21s. Messed up school first time round

    What about you? How's A2 going? How did you find interviews? I actually hated them.
    Well done! I got into balliol stressfully...I stupidly picked 3 heavy coursework subjects (English lot, history and biology) so my life is terrible at the moment! But, come exam season it'll pay off.

    Interviews were mixed. The first one was absolutely terrible :') I left the room and banged my head against the wall! My interviewer made it his personal aim to get in every period of history that I've studied in the last 2 years and I ended up having to compare the importance of religion in the Wars of the Roses, the American Civil Rights Movement and the Hungarian uprising. My second one however was a beautiful experience. Tbh I think of given up by that point (rather than do any prep I watched the apprentice) so was just really relaxed and found that I really enjoyed it! Socially I met loads of great people and went to the pub a fair few times so from that aspect it was pretty good too

    Why did you hate yours so much!!
 
 
 
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