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    How many A* do I need to enter Oxford University ? :confused:

    This is an extremely subjective question.
    Oxford do not explicitly require A*s for any degree, it is said
    "We do not have any specific requirements for GCSE grades, though higher grades can help to make your application more competitive. Successful applicants typically have a high proportion of A and A* grades."

    Yeah, usually people have a high proportion of good grades, but that isn't the end all and be all:

    "If you feel that you did less well in your GCSEs than you might otherwise have done, for good reason, then you may still be able to make a competitive application. Examples would include disruption caused by change of school or system, severe discontinuity of teachers, bereavement, and debilitating illness. We take care to treat each application individually and would always take such mitigating circumstances into account, if they are brought to our attention. You may like to mention any such circumstances in your personal statement, and your referee should make sure to mention them clearly in their reference."

    Basically, if you flopped your GCSEs, Oxford will take into account any circumstances, the more important performance is how you perform at AS and A Levels, which give them a better indication of your final performance and ultimately your place:

    "Tutors will want to see how you improve your academic performance after your GCSEs and that you do well in your A-levels or other equivalent qualifications."

    Final Answer: Usually you'd need some As or A*s to be considered, but this is not mandatory, as long as you compensate it with hard work and a good personal statement. In addition, if your degree subject pertains to something you studied at GCSE, you would probably need good grades in them too. Say, Engineering, may need good Maths and Science grades.

    As long as you have 5+ A* to C or 9 to 5 I think you'll be okay.

    They're more interested in a-level results than GCSE results.
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