Do oxbridge look at GCSE results much?

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How important are GCSE results to Oxbridge?
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How important are GCSE results to Oxbridge?
Fairly important.
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Yeah, fairly important. It depends on the rest of your application though...some people step up the pace a lot after GCSEs, so they aren't crucial...but going in with a string of C's is asking for trouble.
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Well if you had average GCSE results, and straight A's for A levels, wouldnt it show how much improvement you've made? Surely it would show how much commitment uve made to get better...... mayb or mayb not?
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Yeah, fairly important. It depends on the rest of your application though...some people step up the pace a lot after GCSEs, so they aren't crucial...but going in with a string of C's is asking for trouble.
I think fairly important is the perfect way to say how important they are; something interviewers do take a good look at and does influence their decisions to an extent, but not to the point where a slight flaw is taken too seriously, along with other important factors.

I do agree though, that low GCSE Grades are asking for trouble.

They act as Hygiene factors more than factors that aid the application considerably (albeit they will inevitably to a certain extent).
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Well if you had average GCSE results, and straight A's for A levels, wouldnt it show how much improvement you've made? Surely it would show how much commitment uve made to get better...... mayb or mayb not?
Yes it would, because there has clearly been an improvement.
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Some people find it easier to get A's in certain A-level subjects than to get a full house of A* grades at GCSE, so it doesn't necessarily show improvement. A good way to show commitment is to teach yourself modules.
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They act as Hygiene factors more than factors that aid the application considerably (albeit they will inevitably to a certain extent).
Yeah, I think that they're not terribly important unless they are unexpectedly low. If two candidates are very similar, then slightly better GCSE results may give one candidate a nudge, but then again, if the other candidate made the interviewer laugh during the interview, that might swing it in their favour.
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if the other candidate made the interviewer laugh during the interview, that might swing it in their favour.
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Making the interviewer laugh?! What planet are you on!!! :eek:
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Making the interviewer laugh?! What planet are you on!!! :eek:
'snot that hard...I spent a minute talking about The Simpsons with two of my interviewers...but then again, my third interviewer was a right stuck-up arse...I don't think I could've made him laugh if I'd tickled him all the way through the interview. :rolleyes:
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Well i got

Maths A
Eng Lit B
Eng Lang B
Geography A
IT B (Even tho i did the double-AVCE and am predicted AA)
DT systems and Control B
PE B
Biology C
Physics C
Chemistry C
French C
German D

What i was thinking is to resit all of my science papers, i was originally predicted A's and i got 100% for all thre courseworks, so i have the ability to get A's, plus my maths- that should be piss easy as im doing A Level maths at the same time. French i really dont give a **** about, so if i redid those, and got A* (maths), A,A,A then A (geo) all B's, part from fre and ger that wouldnt be so bad.
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Well i got

Maths A
Eng Lit B
Eng Lang B
Geography A
IT B (Even tho i did the double-AVCE and am predicted AA)
DT systems and Control B
PE B
Biology C
Physics C
Chemistry C
French C
German D

What i was thinking is to resit all of my science papers, i was originally predicted A's and i got 100% for all thre courseworks, so i have the ability to get A's, plus my maths- that should be piss easy as im doing A Level maths at the same time. French i really dont give a **** about, so if i redid those, and got A* (maths), A,A,A then A (geo) all B's, part from fre and ger that wouldnt be so bad.
If you are applying for oxbridge....then retaking would probably be a good idea..unless there's a good reason why you didn't do so well first time round??

Also...you've gotta think about your GCSE's in relation to the degree course you wanna do..if you're applying for NatSci....then C's in science will mean you would almost definitely not get an offer.

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If you are applying for oxbridge....then retaking would probably be a good idea..unless there's a good reason why you didn't do so well first time round??

Also...you've gotta think about your GCSE's in relation to the degree course you wanna do..if you're applying for NatSci....then C's in science will mean you would almost definitely not get an offer.

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Then i'd have thought maths was the key one...but they'll want overall pretty decent grades. They won't mind the odd one here or there...say in PE....cos that has nothing to do with the degree you want to do.

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I dont know anything about Oxbridge, but I hear they interview everyone who applies? And that apparantly the interview is the most important part as to whether youll be given an offer or not? Just apply with those grades, if youve got straight A's at a level then they arent gonna care aslong as you destroy the interview..
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Hmm...I would seriously not recommend any Oxbridge application with less than 5A's at GCSE (bare minimum). The grades may not be vital, but if you can't get at least those grades, then you probably aren't the material they're looking for (unless you're an international-standard rower or something).
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Just been on the phone to oxford "concentrate on your a levels, dont worry about your gcses) hehe gd gd
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I dont know anything about Oxbridge, but I hear they interview everyone who applies? And that apparantly the interview is the most important part as to whether youll be given an offer or not? Just apply with those grades, if youve got straight A's at a level then they arent gonna care aslong as you destroy the interview..
Oxford recently started rejecting people without interview....my friend applied there for medicine....4As at AS and a string of A*s and As at GCSE...no interview.

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