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    My name is Katie if anyone wants to know.

    What did you get at GCSE?
    6A*s 3As 1B (not great I know)
    (A* contains an 8 and a 9, A contains a 7)

    What A levels are you studying?
    Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics.

    What are your AS grades (if this applies to anyone)?
    Nah.

    What are your target/predicted grades?
    My targets are AAAA but we don't get A* targets for maths or science at my school, so personal target is A*A*AA

    What extracurriculars do you do?

    Prefect (going for Head Girl), HSK Level 1 Chinese, run a Amnesty International inspired group where we discuss human rights, volunteer at a charity which gives disabled people access to sport, work as a tutor at Explore Learning, tutor some top set GCSE science girls in school, part of the Oxbridge group - we do many things like make a newsletter, write and speak assemblies, create PSHE sessions, mentor younger girls etc...

    What course will you be applying for?

    Probably Biochemistry. I am concerned, though, as I only got an A grade in Biology at GCSE.

    What colleges are you interested in and why?

    No idea.

    Why Oxford and not Cambridge?
    I'm actually not certain. I did want to study Natural Sciences at any university really, but few offer it, and even fewer offer a structure of it that I like. So although I don't mind the Cambridge NatSci course, I'm not sure I could find 4 other universities I'd want to apply to.
    Also, my school is linked with Brasenose at Oxford.
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    (How does one delete a comment? Still undecided on where I’m applying to so I’d like to come back another time 😂)
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    GCSE Grades - 996, 7A*, A in FSMQ
    A-Level Subjects - Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Chemistry
    Predicted Grades - AAAA for AS
    Extracurricular - Badminton, Football, Tennis, DofE
    Course - Probably Physics, posssibly Maths
    College - unsure
    Why Oxford - Prefer the city a lot and much closer to where I live
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    Hi,
    What did you get a GCSE?
    9A*s (9,8), 1 A (7) and a B

    What A Levels are you studying?
    Latin, Classics, Music + and EPQ and Level 3 maths

    What are your predicted grades?
    AAA but personally I'd like A*A*A, and I think my predicted grades are lower because of the 7 and B in maths and further maths

    What extracurricular do you do? - a few? At school I'm a prefect, a peer mentor, a classics student leader, an academic scholar and a music scholar, I play the violin, tuba and I sing so I'm in around 6 various school clubs for that - out of school I'm a deputy head chorister at an abbey choir, I volunteer at rainbows, and I work part time as a waitress and when I'm not busy I'm either reading or watching Netflix.

    What course will you be applying for?
    Classics

    What colleges are you interested in and why?
    Exeter, Merton, Oriel, Queens, University and Somerville - these are the ones that offer choral scholarships to soprano girls sooo

    Why Oxford and not Cambridge?
    I like them both but the course at Oxford appeals to me more, I feel it's like constrained.
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    (Original post by fgel)
    Hi,
    What did you get a GCSE?
    9A*s (9,8), 1 A (7) and a B

    What A Levels are you studying?
    Latin, Classics, Music + and EPQ and Level 3 maths

    What are your predicted grades?
    AAA but personally I'd like A*A*A, and I think my predicted grades are lower because of the 7 and B in maths and further maths

    What extracurricular do you do? - a few? At school I'm a prefect, a peer mentor, a classics student leader, an academic scholar and a music scholar, I play the violin, tuba and I sing so I'm in around 6 various school clubs for that - out of school I'm a deputy head chorister at an abbey choir, I volunteer at rainbows, and I work part time as a waitress and when I'm not busy I'm either reading or watching Netflix.

    What course will you be applying for?
    Classics

    What colleges are you interested in and why?
    Exeter, Merton, Oriel, Queens, University and Somerville - these are the ones that offer choral scholarships to soprano girls sooo

    Why Oxford and not Cambridge?
    I like them both but the course at Oxford appeals to me more, I feel it's like constrained.
    Damnnnnn, this is a keen profile😂, I’m also a fan of univ too, although Worcester is always first
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    (Original post by zq01)
    Damnnnnn, this is a keen profile😂, I’m also a fan of univ too, although Worcester is always first
    Keen? How so? 😂 And I haven't really looked into Worcester if I'm honest
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    (Original post by fgel)
    Keen? How so? 😂 And I haven't really looked into Worcester if I'm honest
    Just is keen, in a good way though, it’s a mix of everything good; grades, extracurriculars and Netflix of course I’m assuming you watch Viola Helen on YouTube? She studies classics at Oxford.
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    (Original post by zq01)
    Just is keen, in a good way though, it’s a mix of everything good; grades, extracurriculars and Netflix of course I’m assuming you watch Viola Helen on YouTube? She studies classics at Oxford.
    Well thank you 😊 you seem pretty keen yourself - and yep! I don't watch her videos as often as I want to though, I've only really seen the ones focused on Oxford
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    (Original post by fgel)
    Well thank you 😊 you seem pretty keen yourself - and yep! I don't watch her videos as often as I want to though, I've only really seen the ones focused on Oxford
    Ah fair enough, well good luck then!!!! Keep working hard and you’re bound to get in👍🏾
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    (Original post by zq01)
    Ah fair enough, well good luck then!!!! Keep working hard and you’re bound to get in👍🏾
    You too!! 👍🏻 Let's both push through A Levels
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    Probably won't end up applying to Oxford but this seems like a nice thread.

    1)977 5A* 2A 1B
    2) Maths, FM, Physics, Chem
    3) Targets from School:
    A*A*A*A*
    4) Head Boy, Reader Leader, Peer tutoring, Spanish mentoring. Going to do Realising opportunities but Oxford don't care about that at all.

    5) Change my mind everyday but I'll probably stick with Maths.

    6) Mansfield because it's got a nice name? Jk, I have no idea.

    7) STEP...
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    What did you get at GCSE? - 975A*A*A*A*ACC.
    What A levels are you studying? - Chemistry, Computer Science, Maths, Further Maths and Physics.
    What are your AS grades (if this applies to anyone)? - Not doing any AS levels.
    What are your target/predicted grades? - Target grades based on GCSEs are AABBB (The As are in Maths and Further Maths.
    What extra curriculars do you do? - Assist with running code club, mentor students in computer programming.
    What course will you be applying for? - Computer Science and Maths.
    What colleges are you interested in and why? - Any really, don't mind.
    Why Oxford and not Cambridge? - Not sure really.
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    Hi people! An applicant for 2018 entry here (History and Politics). Even though I failed to secure an interview invitation, I believe I am very well acquainted with the Oxford application process. If you have any questions regarding admissions tests, replies, or even colleges, feel free to ask me!
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    What did you get at GCSE?
    887AAAAAAABB

    (I was a bit of an idiot at the time and didn't revise + there have been a few issues at home)

    What A levels are you studying?
    Maths, Economics, Biology and Geography

    What are your target/predicted grades?
    A* in Economics, 3 As for my other subjects

    What extracurriculars do you do?
    3 Choirs, Duke of Edinburgh Gold, Debating Society

    What course will you be applying for?
    Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)

    What colleges are you interested in and why?
    I don't really have a preference so I'll probably make an open application.

    Why Oxford and not Cambridge?
    They don't offer PPE at Cambridge!
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    (Original post by gmtkaf)
    What did you get at GCSE?
    887AAAAAAABB

    (I was a bit of an idiot at the time and didn't revise + there have been a few issues at home)

    What A levels are you studying?
    Maths, Economics, Biology and Geography

    What are your target/predicted grades?
    A* in Economics, 3 As for my other subjects

    What extracurriculars do you do?
    3 Choirs, Duke of Edinburgh Gold, Debating Society

    What course will you be applying for?
    Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)

    What colleges are you interested in and why?
    I don't really have a preference so I'll probably make an open application.

    Why Oxford and not Cambridge?
    They don't offer PPE at Cambridge!
    I know someone with very similar grades to you who applied to Oxford for PPE this year (he may or may not have gotten an instant rejection)
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    Hey Guys,

    What Did You Get at GCSE?

    999 + 7A* + 1A + A in AS Level Polish (Dno if that counts, but they let me take it in Yr 9 because I'm a native speaker)

    What A Levels Are you studying?

    Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Computer Science

    What are your Predicted Grades?

    Currently A*AA in Year 12, with A* in Maths because our college decided we should do the full A2 this year, which means starting further next year so I have no info for that. Targeted A*A*A*A* by the end of Yr 13.

    What Extra-Curriculars do you do?

    Grade 6 in Classical Guitar, Currently trying to learn Haskell and Java in free time (College made us do VB.NET for our projects :/), Looking to finish CompTIA A+ in the summer, Maths and Informatics Olympiad

    What Course will you be applying for?

    Computer Science

    What Colleges will you be interested in and why?

    I was looking at Balliol recently, really like the classic atmosphere. I've not visited any yet so this could change.

    Why Oxford not Cambridge?

    I don't really like the idea of studying in a big city, I know Oxford isn't particularly small either, but Cambridge is much bigger. Also I like the Computer Science course a bit more, I think it goes more towards the area of computing I'd want to work at.
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    (Original post by kw2000)
    My name is Katie if anyone wants to know.

    What did you get at GCSE?
    6A*s 3As 1B (not great I know)
    (A* contains an 8 and a 9, A contains a 7)

    What A levels are you studying?
    Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics.

    What are your AS grades (if this applies to anyone)?
    Nah.

    What are your target/predicted grades?
    My targets are AAAA but we don't get A* targets for maths or science at my school, so personal target is A*A*AA

    What extracurriculars do you do?
    Prefect (going for Head Girl), HSK Level 1 Chinese, run a Amnesty International inspired group where we discuss human rights, volunteer at a charity which gives disabled people access to sport, work as a tutor at Explore Learning, tutor some top set GCSE science girls in school, part of the Oxbridge group - we do many things like make a newsletter, write and speak assemblies, create PSHE sessions, mentor younger girls etc...

    What course will you be applying for?
    Probably Biochemistry. I am concerned, though, as I only got an A grade in Biology at GCSE.

    What colleges are you interested in and why?
    No idea.

    Why Oxford and not Cambridge?
    I'm actually not certain. I did want to study Natural Sciences at any university really, but few offer it, and even fewer offer a structure of it that I like. So although I don't mind the Cambridge NatSci course, I'm not sure I could find 4 other universities I'd want to apply to.
    Also, my school is linked with Brasenose at Oxford.
    Don't worry, I got an A in biology GCSE but managed to get an interview for biochem. Your a level predicted grades are a lot more important.
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    (Original post by zq01)
    I know someone with very similar grades to you who applied to Oxford for PPE this year (he may or may not have gotten an instant rejection)
    I realise completely how weak my academic profile is to date but it all depends on a combination on the demographic of the applicant cohort for PPE in 2019, my predicted grades, how well I do on the TSA and whether my personal statement catches their eye or not.

    Even for people with a mass of 9s and A* it is a lottery so I might as well apply anyway and see where it gets me. I know there is about an 80% chance of immediate rejection but there is nothing stopping me from applying the following year with my actual A-Level grades.
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    (Original post by gmtkaf)
    I realise completely how weak my academic profile is to date but it all depends on a combination on the demographic of the applicant cohort for PPE in 2019, my predicted grades, how well I do on the TSA and whether my personal statement catches their eye or not.

    Even for people with a mass of 9s and A* it is a lottery so I might as well apply anyway and see where it gets me. I know there is about an 80% chance of immediate rejection but there is nothing stopping me from applying the following year with my actual A-Level grades.
    Well, you seem to know what you’re doing, so you probably have a better chance than most people😂 fairs
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    Hey, has anyone tried looking at the TSAs yet? I tried 15 or so questions from the S1 specimen (I won't be doing S2) and found them to be okay. However, I didn't want to waste the whole thing as I'll need them for practice. I think I could end up with a high TSA score but I'm still worried with my crap GCSEs (2A*s, 6As, C, D... I know the average GCSE profile at my secondary school is much worse than this as I only know a couple of people with 1A* and most get Cs and Ds or worse).

    I'm also getting some tutoring experience (hopefully it involves science), I'll hopefully get a Nuffield Research placement and I'll hopefully get to take part in the Cambridge Shadowing Scheme. I believe our school also do the Cambridge Lower Sixth Chemistry challenge. I'm scared that none of it will be enough and that I'll miss out on the only uni I really want to go to.
 
 
 
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