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    Hi, I am new to this forum and perhaps this kind of questions get asked a lot but I am going to ask again anyways. I have just finished my GCSEs and starting sixth form in September. I have got 3 A*s, 7As and a C in English Language. I have checked the Oxford website for English entry requirements and they want B in English Language. But since I haven't got a B in English language, aside my A level grades, would it (getting a C in English gcse) affect my chances to get into oxford or the other rusell group universities? I want to do Computer science in university.
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    (Original post by Hitler99)
    Hi, I am new to this forum and perhaps this kind of questions get asked a lot but I am going to ask again anyways. I have just finished my GCSEs and starting sixth form in September. I have got 3 A*s, 7As and a C in English Language. I have checked the Oxford website for English entry requirements and they want B in English Language.
    Where did you see that? The page https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/unde...rements?wssl=1 gives a grade B as a requirement for international candidates; but it gives various exemptions, including those who are taught in English for two years before applying -- does that apply to you?

    But since I haven't got a B in English language, aside my A level grades, would it (getting a C in English gcse) affect my chances to get into oxford or the other rusell group universities? I want to do Computer science in university.
    As a tutor, I would look on the C as a bit of a black mark, but not a very serious one. Students don't do a lot of writing in Computer Science; but good language skills are useful to explain ideas, particularly for the third and fourth year projects. Whatever you end up doing, it's probably a good idea to try and improve your language skills.

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    (Original post by gavinlowe)
    Where did you see that? The page https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/unde...rements?wssl=1 gives a grade B as a requirement for international candidates; but it gives various exemptions, including those who are taught in English for two years before applying -- does that apply to you?



    As a tutor, I would look on the C as a bit of a black mark, but not a very serious one. Students don't do a lot of writing in Computer Science; but good language skills are useful to explain ideas, particularly for the third and fourth year projects. Whatever you end up doing, it's probably a good idea to try and improve your language skills.

    Gavin
    Being real here, the requirement is a B grade in English Language. It does list that exemption but when I visited the uni they said grade B and do bear in mind Oxford see your GCSEs when you apply.

    OP, I'd say with those GCSEs Oxford is a high ask. The average number of A*s for applicants is 6.2 and for successful offer holders - 10.1A*s. Oxford place a much greater emphasis on GCSEs than Cambridge so I suggest looking into them

    That being said, do not think this is a cul-de-sac. If you have your heart set on something, always go for it.
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    (Original post by NonLinearAlex)
    Being real here, the requirement is a B grade in English Language. It does list that exemption but when I visited the uni they said grade B and do bear in mind Oxford see your GCSEs when you apply.

    OP, I'd say with those GCSEs Oxford is a high ask. The average number of A*s for applicants is 6.2 and for successful offer holders - 10.1A*s. Oxford place a much greater emphasis on GCSEs than Cambridge so I suggest looking into them

    That being said, do not think this is a cul-de-sac. If you have your heart set on something, always go for it.
    I'm sorry. This just isn't true. It's a myth that Oxford puts lots of weight on the number of A*s at GCSE, particularly for a subject like Computer Science. OP's GCSE results are a bit below what is typical of successful candidates. But he would have every chance of getting in if he does sufficiently well in the MAT and interviews.

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    Why is it a myth when the Oxford undergrads and senior staff all agree?
 
 
 
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