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    so for my GCSE's I got

    English language - A*
    English lit - A
    Biology - A
    Chemistry - b
    Physics - d
    Maths - A
    History - b


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    (Original post by butwhytho)
    I did go to a failing school if that's anything. Thanks.
    That's a key point, so yes it may be worth applying.

    Which course are you considering? Cambridge and Oxford have quite different science courses.

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    (Original post by butwhytho)
    so for my GCSE's I got

    English language - A*
    English lit - A
    Biology - A
    Chemistry - A
    Physics - A
    Maths - A
    History - A
    Re - A
    Geography - B
    French - B
    Statistics - B

    I'm currently sitting biology maths and chemistry at AS, and although i understand that it's mostly down to your a levels, I'm wondering if i should try applying, or just not bother as my GCSE grades aren't up to scratch. I did go to a failing school if that's anything. Thanks.
    I'm assuming you want to do medicine/biochemistry/chemistry?

    If it's medicine, Oxford is a lost cause, but for the other courses at both Oxford and Cambridge, there's a chance, if your school is disadvantaged.
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    oops forgot to mention I'm wanting to do biochemistry.
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    (Original post by butwhytho)
    oops forgot to mention I'm wanting to do biochemistry.
    Not a specific thing at Cambridge. Look at their NatSci course though. Cambridge won't be too worried by your GCSEs if you have strong A-levels/NSAA/interview, etc

    Oxford entry requirements
    https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/unde...content-tab--2

    The absence of a pre-interview test requirement for Biochem makes me think they use GCSEs as a key deselection filter, in which case you will struggle, but an Oxon expert will confirm or deny...

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    No, these won't see you through to interview... sorry
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    The admissions tutors will take your schooling into account, but it is hard to give a definitive answer here - as Doonesbury says, biochem doesn't have an entrance test, which means AS changes do have an impact unlike with those courses which have tests. However, this doesn't mean it isn't worth applying - you have 5 choices, so why not give it a punt? If you'd be looking to do some more research to help inform your decision though, I would really recommend getting in touch with the admissions team at the biochemistry department: 01865 613200 or [email protected]

    You might also want to consider the lmh foundation year? There is a fully funded biochem course which you can apply to if you meet certain criteria (inc. school). More info here, and I am also happy to answer questions: https://lmhfoundationyear.com/
 
 
 

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