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    I appreciate that this question is probably the most asked question on tsr, but please take my case individually and give me some advice. I'm not here to brag about my results, I just want a fair judgement from others who may know more than me. I'd really love too to Oxford to study physics. I got 7A*s 3As and a B plus an A in the FSMQ additional maths (highest grade possible is an A). Now I'd like to know whether these grades are below average, average or above average for firstly an Oxbridge applicant and secondly an Oxbridge physics applicant, and would the B hinder my application? Thanks a lot in advance
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    Taken from: https://www2.physics.ox.ac.uk/study-...e-requirements

    'There are no formal requirements for performance at GCSE; the majority of successful candidates have between 4 and 9 A* grades at GCSE, but it is not unusual for candidates to be accepted with fewer than 4 A* grades, or to be rejected with more than 9 A* grades.'

    So yes, you have a chance (based solely on your GCSEs) and if you keep up the good work at A-level, the course should be definitely within your reach.
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    No the B will not hinder you application, it will be the same or better that if the B wasn't there at all.
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    no one gives a toss about gcse's
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    (Original post by JT423)
    Taken from: https://www2.physics.ox.ac.uk/study-...e-requirements

    'There are no formal requirements for performance at GCSE; the majority of successful candidates have between 4 and 9 A* grades at GCSE, but it is not unusual for candidates to be accepted with fewer than 4 A* grades, or to be rejected with more than 9 A* grades.'

    So yes, you have a chance (based solely on your GCSEs) and if you keep up the good work at A-level, the course should be definitely within your reach.
    Thanks a lot ! I appreciate that 😊
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    Try Cambridge instead. They care more about A Levels than GCSEs.


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    (Original post by NG1268)
    No the B will not hinder you application, it will be the same or better that if the B wasn't there at all.
    Thanks for the help!
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    Yes your GCSE's are good enough. However without great a-levels, good admissions test performance, rock solid personal statement and top interview performance you wont get in. People getting their GCSE's seem way to interested in whether their GCSE's are good enough for a particular uni when there is so much more work to be done.
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    (Original post by adesola15)
    Try Cambridge instead. They care more about A Levels than GCSEs.


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    I would but Cambridge do Natural Science rather than physics and I wouldn't really want to do that
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    (Original post by NG1268)
    No the B will not hinder you application, it will be the same or better that if the B wasn't there at all.
    As far as I'm aware Oxford use a % of A* system, so having a B grade is in fact worse than not having it. Not saying that it will make a difference overall tho
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    (Original post by HopelessMedic)
    Yes your GCSE's are good enough. However without great a-levels, good admissions test performance, rock solid personal statement and top interview performance you wont get in. People getting their GCSE's seem way to interested in whether their GCSE's are good enough for a particular uni when there is so much more work to be done.
    Yes I definitely understand that GCSEs aren't all, for sure! I was just making sure that say I got fantastic A levels, PAT score and a good interview, that my GCSES wouldn't be a hindrance. Thank you for your help
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    (Original post by HopelessMedic)
    As far as I'm aware Oxford use a % of A* system, so having a B grade is in fact worse than not having it. Not saying that it will make a difference overall tho
    Yeah I've heard of that, I got the B in year 10 doing English literature which is quite unrelated. Would that affect it at all?
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    (Original post by kennethdcharles)
    I would but Cambridge do Natural Science rather than physics and I wouldn't really want to do that
    Oh, well you do have 7A*s which is in between the boundary of average GCSEs for your subject, so if you want to go to Oxford, I don't see why your GCSEs would hinder your application.
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    (Original post by kennethdcharles)
    Yes I definitely understand that GCSEs aren't all, for sure! I was just making sure that say I got fantastic A levels, PAT score and a good interview, that my GCSES wouldn't be a hindrance. Thank you for your help
    No they wont be. Just don't underestimate the difficulty in achieving what you've just mentioned, its far from guaranteed. Congrats on your results and enjoy the rest of your summer
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    (Original post by adesola15)
    Oh, well you do have 7A*s which is in between the boundary of average GCSEs for your subject, so if you want to go to Oxford, I don't see why your GCSEs would hinder your application.
    Alright thanks a lot for your help!😊
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    (Original post by HopelessMedic)
    No they wont be. Just don't underestimate the difficulty in achieving what you've just mentioned, its far from guaranteed. Congrats on your results and enjoy the rest of your summer
    That's nice to hear, and yep I won't underestimate it, I'll definitely be working hard towards that. Thanks for the help ! 😊
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    I want to apply to Cambridge to do natural sciences but im worried it will be a waste of time as my GCSE's arent up to scratch.

    GCSE's Physics A, English Lit A, Maths B, Chemistry B, Biology B,English lan B, German B, Geography B, History B, ICT C

    But my AS are better; Physics A, Maths A, Chemistry B (1 mark off an A - getting remarked fingers crossed) and Classical Civilisation C

    What are your initial thoughts, want to specialise in physics at Cambridge

    Thanks
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    The answer is NO.
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    Hi sorry I have a question. I want to apply to Cambridge Law and I got an A for maths (100%), politics (99%), and for econ (89%), but got a low B for history (71%). I'm wondering if this would hinder my chances as I know that history is a traditional subject and generally favoured by universities.
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