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    Firstly, let me tell you my overall aim, I want to be a barrister and have a chambers in London.

    I have currently done a year at sixth form studying A-Level: Business, Sociology, English Language and an extended project. I chose these subjects because I didn't get the GCSES to study my first choice which was A-Level: Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and English Literature. Having done a year of A-Levels, I am not enjoying the subjects, but I am still achieving high grades. I wish to study Law at Oxford and my question is should I do year 12 again and do different AS subjects? I was thinking of picking AS: History, English literature, still do the extended project and possibly AS business and also re-do my GCSES alongside. Once I done the first year and achieved my results, I will then do an AS in : mathematics, further Mathematics, biology and chemistry, and then finish the A2's at a further education college, then I will apply to study Law at Oxford. Or should I stick to my current A-Levels (bearing in mind that I achieved: 1 A, 3 B's , 3 C's and 4 D's in my GCSE's). If I did re-do my GCSE's and pick different AS subjects then later do an A2, would I be accepted by Oxford to study law or would I be at a disadvantage? And would this still allow me to become a Barrister?

    Right let's be straight up. Your GCSEs: with only one A, you would realistically (unless you have huge extenuating circumstances) have to redo all of them, or at least a large majority, to be considered for Oxford. Average applicant to oxford has 4-7 A*s, you'd need to be hitting near that. If you can do well in your A levels that you've chosen then I would stick with those, as retakes are frowned upon by oxbridge, but I wouldn't expect to get into oxford unless you've achieved a massive leap from your GCSEs, to getting 4 A's at least at as level. But your subjects don't matter- Oxford don't care for as to which subjects you have for undergrad law, just that you achieve 3 A's. It's worth considering that there are plenty of other good uni's for law- oxbridge applications are extremely competitive so it's worth having a few others in mind. Good luck!
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