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    (Original post by eteesha27)
    I'm going to do my GCSEs in June 2018 and am predicted 2 9's, 7 8's and 3 7's. is this good enough to study medicine if i attain these grades and do Oxford discriminate between Grades 8 and 9?
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    Why do you want to study medicine at Oxford?
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    Most unis have stated that they treat 8s and 9s both as equivalent to A*s.
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    (Original post by eteesha27)
    I'm going to do my GCSEs in June 2018 and am predicted 2 9's, 7 8's and 3 7's. is this good enough to study medicine if i attain these grades and do Oxford discriminate between Grades 8 and 9?
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    I've moved your thread to the University of Oxford forum. One of the resident experts (like BrasenoseAdm ) will hopefully be along in due course.
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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    I've moved your thread to the University of Oxford forum. One of the resident experts (like BrasenoseAdm ) will hopefully be along in due course.
    Oxford Undergraduate Admissions have advised selectors not to differentiate between 8 and 9. As more information is available about the new wualification becomes available, this may be revisited in future UCAS cycles.
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    Yeah they will, better get 9s in EVERY SINGLE subject.
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    (Original post by eteesha27)
    I'm going to do my GCSEs in June 2018 and am predicted 2 9's, 7 8's and 3 7's. is this good enough to study medicine if i attain these grades and do Oxford discriminate between Grades 8 and 9?
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    Personally, even if Oxford say that they won't I think that they will.
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    (Original post by Black Water)
    Personally, even if Oxford say that they won't I think that they will.
    So you are saying Brasenose's post above is wrong? Rly?

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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    So you are saying Brasenose's post above is wrong? Rly?

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    I said personally. I just don't believe it, I didn't say that they're wrong. Maybe they don't but I'm just skeptical about it.
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    (Original post by Black Water)
    I said personally. I just don't believe it, I didn't say that they're wrong. Maybe they don't but I'm just skeptical about it.
    Why are you sceptical about an official statement? What would Oxford gain by misleading applicants on this?
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    Thank you for all the help guys really appreciated
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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    Why are you sceptical about an official statement? What would Oxford gain by misleading applicants on this?
    It's just that say two applicants were tied in nearly every aspect but they both had different GCSE's. I know this is unlikely, but wouldn't you then go with the person who had more 9s at GCSE?
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    (Original post by Black Water)
    It's just that say two applicants were tied in nearly every aspect but they both had different GCSE's. I know this is unlikely, but wouldn't you then go with the person who had more 9s at GCSE?
    No.
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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    No.
    Why not?
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    (Original post by Black Water)
    Why not?
    Quite simply because they've decided it's not a discriminator - they need more data to assess the effectiveness of the new GCSEs so until they have that they won't use 8/9 as a discriminator.

    As Brasenose said, that view may change, but until it does you should have no reason to doubt an official policy. That's what policies are for.
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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    Quite simply because they've decided it's not a discriminator - they need more data to assess the effectiveness of the new GCSEs so until they have that they won't use 8/9 as a discriminator.

    As Brasenose said, that view may change, but until it does you should have no reason to doubt an official policy. That's what policies are for.
    Fair enough, but I think this'll change.
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    (Original post by Black Water)
    Fair enough, but I think this'll change.
    At which point they will say so.
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    (Original post by Black Water)
    It's just that say two applicants were tied in nearly every aspect but they both had different GCSE's. I know this is unlikely, but wouldn't you then go with the person who had more 9s at GCSE?
    Pre-interview its largely algorithm based so its quite easy to just not factor it into the algorithm.

    Post-interview there is a lot to pick through and they will always be able to find a differentiator. There really is never going to be two candidates who had exactly the same interview.
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    Pre-interview its largely algorithm based so its quite easy to just not factor it into the algorithm.

    Post-interview there is a lot to pick through and they will always be able to find a differentiator. There really is never going to be two candidates who had exactly the same interview.
    Yeah I said unlikely, chances are very low of course. I think will change because the competition is always high every year.
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    they probably will by the time you start applying.

    Its such a *****y system the govt has made, just trying to put more pressure on students and recreate some japan style culture of constant work.

    there was no need for an extra grade to "identify exceptional students" the old system worked fine.

    Just remember to never vote for Michael Gove
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    (Original post by hannah00)
    they probably will by the time you start applying.

    Its such a *****y system the govt has made, just trying to put more pressure on students and recreate some japan style culture of constant work.

    there was no need for an extra grade to "identify exceptional students" the old system worked fine.

    Just remember to never vote for Michael Gove
    I think Oxford in particular will disagree. Average for accepted medicine applicants was 10.4A*s. Getting like 3As in unrelated subjects would substantially damage your chances - is that not pressure in itself?
 
 
 
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