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Hi i'm planning to apply for E and M at oxford and was wondering if my grades could get me in because i know they place a lot of weight on GCSE and i wasn't too sure how the rest of my qualifications would measure up. I have a ton of Extra curricular achievements so my Personal Statement isn't really an issue, however i have
GCSE: 3A* 8A 1 B
but Alevel i'm predicted A* A* A
in Geography, Economics and Maths respectively. Any idea if my GCSE's will weigh me down that much? I know there's also a TSE so how much weight is given to that too?
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Hi i'm planning to apply for E and M at oxford and was wondering if my grades could get me in because i know they place a lot of weight on GCSE and i wasn't too sure how the rest of my qualifications would measure up. I have a ton of Extra curricular achievements so my Personal Statement isn't really an issue, however i have
GCSE: 3A* 8A 1 B
but Alevel i'm predicted A* A* A
in Geography, Economics and Maths respectively. Any idea if my GCSE's will weigh me down that much? I know there's also a TSE so how much weight is given to that too?
GCSEs don't shout in your favour.
Joking.
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E and M is an exceptionally competitive course I'm afraid with those grades and predictions it's a long shot at best and I would suggest an interview is highly unlikely given that I know someone with 11A*s and 4 A* predictions at A level who didn't even get called to interview. It does however depend on how you do in the TSA and a near perfect score in that would probably get you called to interview although even then you would need an excellent interview score.
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I know for a fact that successful E & M applicants usually have around 7+ A*s in GCSEs.
The course itself is really competitive since a lot of international students apply to that course.
If you did well on your AS Level, and if you think you can do well in the Economics Admission Assessment, why don't you apply to Cambridge?
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Hi i'm planning to apply for E and M at oxford and was wondering if my grades could get me in because i know they place a lot of weight on GCSE and i wasn't too sure how the rest of my qualifications would measure up. I have a ton of Extra curricular achievements so my Personal Statement isn't really an issue, however i have
GCSE: 3A* 8A 1 B
but Alevel i'm predicted A* A* A
in Geography, Economics and Maths respectively. Any idea if my GCSE's will weigh me down that much? I know there's also a TSE so how much weight is given to that too?
If it's something you're keen to do, just go for it. I got almost exactly the same GCSEs, 3A*, 8A, B, C. I applied sort of on a whim and I hold an offer for 2017 entry. My course is less competitive, yes, but also my offer is for the subject I got a B in at GCSE! (I took a year out, decided I actually liked it and took it as my 4th A-Level, realised I love it and wanted to do it to A2 and degree level.) You're doing perfect A-Levels for E and M, if you get good AS grades (AAB or AAA I would say) and do some reading over the summer and create a refined PS I think you'd have a good shot at getting an interview.
The only reason I can see not to apply is that if rejected, some people become really demoralised / upset / disappointed. You have to obviously understand that might happen and be prepared for it, but if you're okay with dealing with things like that, I say go for it. You have nothing to lose.
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E and M is an exceptionally competitive course I'm afraid with those grades and predictions it's a long shot at best and I would suggest an interview is highly unlikely given that I know someone with 11A*s and 4 A* predictions at A level who didn't even get called to interview. It does however depend on how you do in the TSA and a near perfect score in that would probably get you called to interview although even then you would need an excellent interview score.
Exam results really aren't everything. Of course they are important, but even with the best grades if your PS is sub par you won't be considered
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(Original post by Z-27)
Hi i'm planning to apply for E and M at oxford and was wondering if my grades could get me in because i know they place a lot of weight on GCSE and i wasn't too sure how the rest of my qualifications would measure up. I have a ton of Extra curricular achievements so my Personal Statement isn't really an issue, however i have
GCSE: 3A* 8A 1 B
but Alevel i'm predicted A* A* A
in Geography, Economics and Maths respectively. Any idea if my GCSE's will weigh me down that much? I know there's also a TSE so how much weight is given to that too?
Would you be "flagged"? What are your GCSE grades like compared to other students in your school?

Grades can be looked at contextually, if those grades are the best in a poorly performing school you'll have a much better shot, although E&M is very competitive.

If you have a couple of safe university choices, I think there is no harm in applying - it is only one slot on your form and no one here can tell you the right answer.
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E and M is an exceptionally competitive course I'm afraid with those grades and predictions it's a long shot at best and I would suggest an interview is highly unlikely given that I know someone with 11A*s and 4 A* predictions at A level who didn't even get called to interview. It does however depend on how you do in the TSA and a near perfect score in that would probably get you called to interview although even then you would need an excellent interview score.
Exactly that would make me think they're not really just looking at the grades.
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I know for a fact that successful E & M applicants usually have around 7+ A*s in GCSEs.
The course itself is really competitive since a lot of international students apply to that course.
If you did well on your AS Level, and if you think you can do well in the Economics Admission Assessment, why don't you apply to Cambridge?
AS is almost entirely gone, Cambridge well definitely look to GCSEs
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Exactly that would make me think they're not really just looking at the grades.
You are right there. As Brasenose Admissions posted not long ago, all decisions to interview are taken on a more holistic basis, including grades achieved, predicted grades and admission test results.

Having said that, an earlier poster was correct in saying that E&M offer holders average >7 A* at GCSE (according to online FOI responses from a few colleges).
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