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    (Original post by nexttime)
    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?
    It becomes a matter of prestige, which uni has the most competitive course, highest entrance requirements
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    (Original post by hannah00)
    It becomes a matter of prestige, which uni has the most competitive course, highest entrance requirements
    Not sure how that comment is related? Its very unlikely that Oxford will have a formal requirements for a certain number of 9s at GCSE any time soon. In fact they've specifically stated otherwise in this thread.

    Its also not very true of Oxbridge in general - both could ask for much higher A-level grades than they do.
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    (Original post by hannah00)
    It becomes a matter of prestige, which uni has the most competitive course, highest entrance requirements
    No. GCSE requirements or achievements aren't factored into UCAS tariffs or university rankings (aka prestige).

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    Not sure how that comment is related? Its very unlikely that Oxford will have a formal requirements for a certain number of 9s at GCSE any time soon. In fact they've specifically stated otherwise in this thread.

    Its also not very true of Oxbridge in general - both could ask for much higher A-level grades than they do.
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    No. GCSE requirements or achievements aren't factored into UCAS tariffs or university rankings (aka prestige).

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    I was speaking generally about the trend towards more high achievement grades
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    (Original post by hannah00)
    I was speaking generally about the trend towards more high achievement grades
    Oxford haven't increased A-level requirements (i.e. what matters in university league tables / "prestige"), or GCSE requirements for that matter. Indeed they have stated above they consider 8s & 9s to be the same - there's no increase.
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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    Oxford haven't increased A-level requirements (i.e. what matters in university league tables / "prestige", or GCSE requirements for that matter. Indeed they have stated above they consider 8s & 9s to be the same - there's no increase.
    Thanks, that's a relief 😅
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    I can't tell if this thread is a joke or not...
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    (Original post by Black Water)
    Personally, even if Oxford say that they won't I think that they will.
    I think the difference between straight 8's and 9's will come from the interview and admissions test. Although I must admit I do agree it would be tough to reject someone with essentially 12 A**'s.
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    I think the difference between straight 8's and 9's will come from the interview and admissions test. Although I must admit I do agree it would be tough to reject someone with essentially 12 A**'s.
    Yeah lol, I get what you mean.
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    They distinguish between overly academic and well rounded people at interviews. You aren’t necessarily better if you scored more 9’s than somebody else.
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    (Original post by HateOCR)
    They distinguish between overly academic and well rounded people at interviews. You aren’t necessarily better if you scored more 9’s than somebody else.
    They don't care if you are "well-rounded" or not. They are very happy to take square pegs.

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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    They don't care if you are "well-rounded" or not. They are very happy to take square pegs.

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    By well rounded i mean supporting charities, taking on challenges e.g chemistry olympiads, jack petchey awards. Do Oxbridge not consider any of these things attractive? I know they like academic students.
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    (Original post by HateOCR)
    By well rounded i mean supporting charities, taking on challenges e.g chemistry olympiads, jack petchey awards. Do Oxbridge not consider any of these things attractive? I know they like academic students.
    If you are a chemistry applicant then the olympiad is the only one from that list that has any relevance. And even then they know that most applicants don't do it and it won't disadvantage them.
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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    If you are a chemistry applicant then the olympiad is the only one from that list that has any relevance. And even then they know that most applicants don't do it and it won't disadvantage them.
    Fair enough
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    (Original post by HateOCR)
    They distinguish between overly academic and well rounded people at interviews. You aren’t necessarily better if you scored more 9’s than somebody else.
    But statistics prove that students that score highly in their GCSE's are more likely to do better at the test and in turn will be shortlisted for interview. Sure their are other factors but the figures speak for themselves really.
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    (Original post by uniqsummer)
    But statistics prove that students that score highly in their GCSE's are more likely to do better at the test and in turn will be shortlisted for interview. Sure their are other factors but the figures speak for themselves really.
    Which statistics?

    And correlation =/= causation.

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