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I've read articles which have said things along the lines of 'you'd be lucky to get an interview with fewer than 8A*s'. I understand that this is likely true for medicine - but what about maths/physics/etc, specifically at Oxford?

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I got 7A*s and 5As at GCSE - no predicted A-level grades thus far.


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for oxbridge it'd matter, anywhere else as long as your A levels are high and your MAT/STEP scores are high, A*s at gcse are borderline irrelevant
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I'm not someone who has done a maths or physics degree. However, I do know people who have, and needless to say none of them got as many A*'s or even A's as you did. I think this may depend on the entry requirements (or rather, the 'prestige') of each individual university.
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I'm not someone who has done a maths or physics degree. However, I do know people who have, and needless to say none of them got as many A*'s or even A's as you did. I think this may depend on the entry requirements (or rather, the 'prestige' of each individual university.
What sort of grades did they get at GCSE?

Do you know anyone who has studied maths/physics at Oxbridge?
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What sort of grades did they get at GCSE?

Do you know anyone who has studied maths/physics at Oxbridge?
Of the three people I am referring to, all got A's and B's, excluding one who also managed to get an F in a subject (yup). They have just finished their degree at York.

Unfortunately not. I do know someone studying at Oxbridge, however, doing languages. They got all A*'s (bar one A) at GCSE, and A-Level, I believe.
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(Original post by memeeee)
I've read articles which have said things along the lines of 'you'd be lucky to get an interview with fewer than 8A*s'. I understand that this is likely true for medicine - but what about maths/physics/etc, specifically at Oxford?

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I got 7A*s and 5As at GCSE - no predicted A-level grades thus far.



For physics at Oxford, getting an interview is all about the PAT (entrance exam). At that stage the only time they will look at grades is if you just missed out on the mark required and your grades suggest you may be better than your performance in the exam. I think the same applies for maths with the MAT.
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Of the three people I am referring to, all got A's and B's, excluding one who also managed to get an F in a subject (yup). They have just finished their degree at York.

Unfortunately not. I do know someone studying at Oxbridge, however, doing languages. They got all A*'s (bar one A) at GCSE, and A-Level, I believe.
Were all 3 at York?
Classic, insanely good Oxbridge GCSE grades then

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For physics at Oxford, getting an interview is all about the PAT (entrance exam). At that stage the only time they will look at grades is if you just missed out on the mark required and your grades suggest you may be better than your performance in the exam. I think the same applies for maths with the MAT.
So Oxford place less emphasis on GCSE grades for STEM subjects?

The entrance exams will be so much pressure aaaah, I'm freaking out already :afraid:
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Were all 3 at York?
Classic, insanely good Oxbridge GCSE grades then
The other two were at Lancaster & Manchester!
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