mayasmythe
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Hi,

So I’m looking to apply to Oxford and am in Year 12 for geography. My A-Level predicted are A*AA (A* in business, A’s in history and geography). However, I’ve already been exceeding my grade expectations in Geography- I was sent to the head of geography and they may look at changing it to an A*- as long as I do well in our first set of mocks.

Anyhoo,

I am very scared that my GCSE’s will impede me getting into Oxford.

3A*’s in History, Geography and English Literature
A’s in German, Business, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
B’s in English Literature and Business Studies.

I understand that grades aren’t everything so here are some extra curriculars I’ve done:

UCL Summer School
Environmental & geographical society at eton
Setting up a model UN at school
Student Leader
Soon I will be doing a debating society at eton
Work experience at a highly renowned barristers chamber
Volunteering at a local primary school a few hours a week
I regularly read the economist and I’ve printed our articles and kept a collection of interesting ones in a binder (mainly brexit related as it’s applicable to geography and business)
Hoping to attend a Sutton trust Summer School for geography
I’ve done further reading (debt casino and prisoners of geography).

My school is a state school in the bottom 40% of the country. At the time of my GCSE’s I suffered a lot from exam and social anxiety along with depression- my head of sixth form did say the context would be considered.


I’m sorry if this seems typical- I get nervous and scared so easily!
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Will your GCSEs impact your application? Yes, your GCSE results will factor into the decision-making process. But that's all it is, it's one part. If your application as a whole (GCSEs, AS results, predictions, TSA, and interview) suggests that you deserve a place, you will get one.

And yes, your HoS is correct - GCSEs are contextual.
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