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GCSE's good enough for Chemistry at Oxford?

Are 5A*'s, 5A's and 1B realistically good enough to apply to study chemistry at Oxford?
Reply 1
You have a chance as long as you do get very good A level results and you got A*'s in science gcse's off course
Reply 2
Original post by Shockez
You have a chance as long as you do get very good A level results and you got A*'s in science gcse's off course


thanks & I got A*'s in science and maths:smile:
Original post by musicchem
Are 5A*'s, 5A's and 1B realistically good enough to apply to study chemistry at Oxford?


Yes, provided you have good predicted A Levels and know how to write a good PS. They interview >80% of applicants for Chemistry, so the odds of getting an interview are good, and from there on - well, you're practically in already :wink:
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Reply 4
Original post by musicchem
Are 5A*'s, 5A's and 1B realistically good enough to apply to study chemistry at Oxford?


If you do well in A-Levels then you might have a chance.
Reply 5
Original post by OxFossil
Yes, provided you have good predicted A Levels and know how to write a good PS. They interview >80% of applicants for Chemistry, so the odds of getting an interview are good, and from there on - well, you're practically in already :wink:


Thank you!☺️
Reply 6
Original post by musicchem
Are 5A*'s, 5A's and 1B realistically good enough to apply to study chemistry at Oxford?


As of the current application cycle there's now an entrance test for chemistry, section 1 of the TSA, so this will also have some weight in your application, but as people have said above, interview rates are high and it's worth a shot as one of your five choices! :smile:
the average gcses for an oxbridge student gets 6a* but that is an average so i think you stand a chance
Yes, they are

Do well in AS, write a good personal statement, and apply :smile:
Original post by Lau14
As of the current application cycle there's now an entrance test for chemistry, section 1 of the TSA, so this will also have some weight in your application, but as people have said above, interview rates are high and it's worth a shot as one of your five choices! :smile:


At interviews this year people were saying that this year our TSA scores wern't even visible to the tutors. I'm not sure if this is true or not but I know that this year it was a 'trial' and that they're using it to see how effective an admissions test is with decisions or something along those lines. It's better to do as best as you can in every aspect of the application but I wouldn't fret so much over TSA as the Chem dept probably don't/won't use it as much as other departments who use the TSA
Reply 10
Hey, I need some advice, I want to do chemistry at oxford but am unsure whether I will be accepted. I got 9999988877 (8 A* and 2A) . The A Level I do is chemistry, physics, maths and further maths, initially, I thought I wanted to do physical natural science at Cambridge but realised that while revising physics wasn't for me. I don't know whether I should drop it because the oxford requirements for chemistry do not need physics. So I could do chemistry, maths and further maths. But I don't want to drop it and then regret dropping it, but at the same time, four levels are very hard to manage.

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