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    Hi, Oxbridge has always been my dream and i woukd really like to know weather my GCSE results will bring me down once the applications begin. I am a current year 12 student studying Biology Chemistry and Spanish. (i dropped physics because i realised its not for me) I know i need to get at least A*AA next year but i was wondering if my gcse grades will get me rejected. I got: 776A*A*AAAAC. Would i need to get something like A*A*A or A*A*A* at alevel to make up for those grades?
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    You still have a chance depending on what course you are applying for. It also depends if the C is in a subject related to the course you are planning to do there.
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    Hi, it depends which course you’d apply for and whether you’d apply to Oxford or Cambridge - and other factors such as how good those grades were in the context of your school. Oxford are generally more fussy about GCSE grades than Cambridge, however for very competitive courses such as medicine the average applicant to both universities would have higher GCSE grades than for a less competitive course. Neither university would require you to get higher A Level grades than the offer grades on their websites. Hope that helps! Good luck with A Levels - I’m in year 13 and doing biology (I dropped chemistry after AS), they’re great subjects
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    What course do you want to do? Are you going to apply to Oxford or Cambridge? What subject was the C in?
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    (Original post by Rocco123)
    Hi, it depends which course you’d apply for and whether you’d apply to Oxford or Cambridge - and other factors such as how good those grades were in the context of your school. Oxford are generally more fussy about GCSE grades than Cambridge, however for very competitive courses such as medicine the average applicant to both universities would have higher GCSE grades than for a less competitive course. Neither university would require you to get higher A Level grades than the offer grades on their websites. Hope that helps! Good luck with A Levels - I’m in year 13 and doing biology (I dropped chemistry after AS), they’re great subjects
    I have chosen Bio Chem and Spanish and looking to do medicine. The C i got was in dance and still getting remarked but i was wondering if i get higher Alevel grades would that make up for the bad gcses?
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    (Original post by shameful_burrito)
    You still have a chance depending on what course you are applying for. It also depends if the C is in a subject related to the course you are planning to do there.
    The C is from Dance and i want to study medicine?
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    (Original post by DrawTheLine)
    What course do you want to do? Are you going to apply to Oxford or Cambridge? What subject was the C in?
    Yes and im hoping to get higher than their A*A*A requirement for medicine so that i can surpass my bad gcse resulya hopefully. Do you think it will help of o get all A*s or will i still get rejected?
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    (Original post by marija_k)
    Yes and im hoping to get higher than their A*A*A requirement for medicine so that i can surpass my bad gcse resulya hopefully. Do you think it will help of o get all A*s or will i still get rejected?
    You didn't answer any of my questions when you quoted me. But I can see that you answered 2 of them responding to other posters. This does not sound good if you get an interview, as they will want you to directly answer their questions.

    My final question I need answering is: are you applying to Oxford or Cambridge?
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    (Original post by DrawTheLine)
    You didn't answer any of my questions when you quoted me. But I can see that you answered 2 of them responding to other posters. This does not sound good if you get an interview, as they will want you to directly answer their questions.

    My final question I need answering is: are you applying to Oxford or Cambridge?
    Sorry I probably didn't read it properly because I had technical difficulties (which are now fixed lol). But yes, I do want to apply to Oxbridge
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    What was the C in?

    It's in Dance and I still don't know if it will go up to B when the remarks roll in.
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    (Original post by DrawTheLine)
    What course do you want to do? Are you going to apply to Oxford or Cambridge? What subject was the C in?
    I want to study medicine and yes I do want to apply to both places but I have heard that it's harder to get into Oxford with bad GCSEs so do you think I may have a chance in Cambridge if I get A*A*A or A*A*A*? The C is in Dance.
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    Would be incredibly hard. You'd need 3 A*s and an amazing PS and reference. If you dropped physics and didn't get an 8/9 in maths, I'd reccomend taking another look at why you'd want to apply to such a hard course in the first place. Go for an easier medicine course. Oxbridge like maths and physics for a reason, you can't keep up with just a 7 in gcse maths I'm afraid.
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    It's highly unlikely that you'll get into Oxford medicine with those GCSES. You need at least 7A*s
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    (Original post by marija_k)
    I want to study medicine and yes I do want to apply to both places but I have heard that it's harder to get into Oxford with bad GCSEs so do you think I may have a chance in Cambridge if I get A*A*A or A*A*A*? The C is in Dance.
    Med applicant who has a bit of experience applying to Cambridge. 98% of successful applicants have 3 science A-levels (or equivalent), so having only two sciences will most likely put you at a disadvantage (unless you smash your BMAT).
    Consider picking up maths or physics if you really are keen on Oxbridge.
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    (Original post by DesperateMedic)
    Med applicant who has a bit of experience applying to Cambridge. 98% of successful applicants have 3 science A-levels (or equivalent), so having only two sciences will most likely put you at a disadvantage (unless you smash your BMAT).
    Consider picking up maths or physics if you really are keen on Oxbridge.
    I do physics also but I didn't mention it as though im planning on dropping it. :/
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    (Original post by marija_k)
    I want to study medicine and yes I do want to apply to both places but I have heard that it's harder to get into Oxford with bad GCSEs so do you think I may have a chance in Cambridge if I get A*A*A or A*A*A*? The C is in Dance.
    You can't apply to both Oxford and Cambridge - you have to pick before your application goes off.

    As another poster mentioned, almost all successful Cambridge medicine applicants have A level maths or physics is addition to chemistry and biology. Without it you're going to be at a huge disadvantage. That's probably going to be a bigger problem for Cambridge than your GCSE's.

    For Oxford having only 2A* at GCSE will probably stop you from getting a place. According to this stats page:
    https://www.medsci.ox.ac.uk/study/me...cal/statistics
    the mean number of A*'s at GCSE for shortlisted medicine applicants was 10.3 in 2016, and no one with less that 7 A*'s got a place. You'd stand almost no chance of shortlisting let alone an offer at Oxford, so focusing on Cambridge would be your best bet, and to have a decent chance of that you need to continue physics, or, like most applicants do A level maths.
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    It's highly unlikely that you'll get into Oxford medicine with those GCSES. You need at least 7A*s
    That is not true. To get into Oxford there more required than just GCSEs. They look at your personal statement as well. And the work experiences you have done and the A-level grades.
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    (Original post by Ukvoltaire)
    That is not true. To get into Oxford there more required than just GCSEs. They look at your personal statement as well. And the work experiences you have done and the A-level grades.
    It is true. This is a link to the Oxford medicine stats for 2016:
    https://www.medsci.ox.ac.uk/study/me...cal/statistics

    As you can see in the graph about half way down the page nobody was given a place with less than 7A*'s and no one was shortlisted with less than 6.

    You are correct that you need more than just GCSE's to get in, but you do need GCSE's. There are plenty of people with excellent GCSE's, A levels and work experience.
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    I think you need polite a reality check.
    1. Oxbridge means nothing special to medicine, getting into any uni is good enough, I know people who got 9-10A* GCSE, AAAA at AS who got rejected from all their medicine offers. Do Not waste a slot on Oxbridge, for other courses I'd say go for it, but medicine no.
    2. You'd 100% not get into Oxford, Cambridge maybe, but you'd need A Level Maths on top of your subjects with a minimum of AAAB, preferably AAAA
    3. Realistically your best chance would be to get 3A* A Level and apply post-qual (As many medics do).
    4. If Oxbridge is your dream, go ahead, but don't be naive about it.
 
 
 
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