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    Was just wondering, is it physically possible to learn most of the course content for my subjects (Maths, Further maths, physics), and by the end get A/A*? I ask this as my sixth form is absolute crap (HUGELY under performing), and I am wondering if there are people who went to oxbridge, that came from crappy sixth forms? To give a bit of context, nobody has ever gone to oxbridge at mine.
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    There are schemes in place at Oxbridge for those applying from poor schools/schools which do not have any applicants to Oxbridge. Have you researched these using the universities' websites?
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    (Original post by sickformBud)
    Was just wondering, is it physically possible to learn most of the course content for my subjects (Maths, Further maths, physics), and by the end get A/A*? I ask this as my sixth form is absolute crap (HUGELY under performing), and I am wondering if there are people who went to oxbridge, that came from crappy sixth forms? To give a bit of context, nobody has ever gone to oxbridge at mine.
    They will take into consideration the performance of your sixth form, however you would probably need to do a lot of independent work to get to A/A* standard (look at the FMSP)
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    (Original post by sickformBud)
    Was just wondering, is it physically possible to learn most of the course content for my subjects (Maths, Further maths, physics), and by the end get A/A*? I ask this as my sixth form is absolute crap (HUGELY under performing), and I am wondering if there are people who went to oxbridge, that came from crappy sixth forms? To give a bit of context, nobody has ever gone to oxbridge at mine.
    Short answer is - YES! We've students on course who were once in your position.

    What's more, you can access support. Check out these two links:

    http://furthermaths.org.uk/step-aea-mat
    http://mei.org.uk/oxford
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    Oxford gives some credit to people who come from underprivileged backgrounds. Ensure your circumstance is mentioned in your teachers reference, or failing that, personal statement.

    Getting the grades is your main barrier. If you can do that, you've got just as much chance as everyone else.
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    Well I know a few people from "underprivileged backgrounds" who've made it to Oxbridge so it's best to focus on meeting their requirements. Don't worry how other factors (like your sixth form) may impact your application because they really shouldn't (both universities have various procedures in place and your sixth form will obviously do its utmost to help you out too).
 
 
 
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