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I was watching a video from Unjaded Jade where she said that she was rejected from Oxford university. She got all A*'s at GCSE and was predicted all A's at A level too. As well as his she did ncs, Duke of Edinburgh and was the head girl at her school. HOW did she get rejected? How do people so bright get rejected from these universities? I don't understand. It makes me even more anxious for when I will be applying for universities (I won't apply for Oxford but I'm still scared.)
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I was watching a video from Unjaded Jade where she said that she was rejected from Oxford university. She got all A*'s at GCSE and was predicted all A's at A level too. As well as his she did ncs, Duke of Edinburgh and was the head girl at her school. HOW did she get rejected? How do people so bright get rejected from these universities? I don't understand. It makes me even more anxious for when I will be applying for universities (I won't apply for Oxford but I'm still scared.)
I just got rejected from Cambridge, 7 A*s 4 As at GCSE, predicted A*A*A*A at A level. Everyone who applies to Oxford or Cambridge is extremely bright and it’s very difficult to know why people get rejected. Everyone expected me to get in but I got rejected. The process is so long as well with so many different aspects to take into account that there’s no way you can say that it was this exact point. Oxbridge is extremely oversubscribed and they can’t possibly take everyone, so people who would do really well there do get rejected simply because there’s not enough space and there may be some people who are marginally better or the uni haven’t seen the full picture of a person.
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I was rejected from Oxford and I got 6A*s and 5A's at GCSE at and underperforming school and I was rejected despite being predicted 5 A*s.

I subsequently achieved A*A*A*A*A at A-level at another underperforming college.

Oxford if you're reading this... its your loss
I'm now studying at Imperial so I mean theres always a silver lining
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I was watching a video from Unjaded Jade where she said that she was rejected from Oxford university. She got all A*'s at GCSE and was predicted all A's at A level too. As well as his she did ncs, Duke of Edinburgh and was the head girl at her school. HOW did she get rejected? How do people so bright get rejected from these universities? I don't understand. It makes me even more anxious for when I will be applying for universities (I won't apply for Oxford but I'm still scared.)
Oxford wouldn't care about any of the NCS/DofE/head girl stuff because it's not related to her subject. maybe it was her interview/assessments
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If 100 people with straight A*s at GCSE and straight A* predictions apply for a course with 10 places, 90 people will get rejected. That's why. Simples.

Worse than this, IMO. I know of a uni who have rejected all applicants who applied this year as they had sufficient people who got the grades last year but took a gap year. The uni still advertised their course and accepted applications knowing that all their places were already taken and that they would reject everyone! Essentially wasting one of the five UCAS spaces.
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If 100 people with straight A*s at GCSE and straight A* predictions apply for a course with 10 places, 90 people will get rejected. That's why. Simples.

Worse than this, IMO. I know of a uni who have rejected all applicants who applied this year as they had sufficient people who got the grades last year but took a gap year. The uni still advertised their course and accepted applications knowing that all their places were already taken and that they would reject everyone! Essentially wasting one of the five UCAS spaces.
that's so bad! do you not want to say which uni it was?
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I guess there is more to it than education, me and my friends all applied to RG unis and we had similar grades but not all of them made it
Where as the ones that did (including me) were very active outside our academic lives
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I was watching a video from Unjaded Jade where she said that she was rejected from Oxford university. She got all A*'s at GCSE and was predicted all A's at A level too. As well as his she did ncs, Duke of Edinburgh and was the head girl at her school. HOW did she get rejected? How do people so bright get rejected from these universities? I don't understand. It makes me even more anxious for when I will be applying for universities (I won't apply for Oxford but I'm still scared.)
Maybe the interview didn’t go as well as it was supposed to. I think high achieving students tend to apply to universities with higher requirements, putting themselves in a little riskier position. But why shouldn’t you apply if you meet the minimum requirement grades? I think as long as you meet minimum grades you should apply to top unis. Grades aren’t everything at the end of the day, remember you have personal statements, work experience and possibly interviews/portfolios to give in. A smart student is more than a bunch of grades on a paper and although some students may be academically capable they may not be well rounded individuals.
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Too many people get a* at GCSE and A level now so it doesn't really mean much when people get full ums.
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I got 4A*s, 5As, 3Bs at GCSE and AAC at A Level and got offers from 5 Russel Group universities
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because they are actually dark,not bright
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All As at A level is not very competitive at all for Oxbridge...
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I have been rejected from Oxford with 5A*s at A Level.
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(Original post by alevelstudentttt)
I was watching a video from Unjaded Jade where she said that she was rejected from Oxford university. She got all A*'s at GCSE and was predicted all A's at A level too. As well as his she did ncs, Duke of Edinburgh and was the head girl at her school. HOW did she get rejected? How do people so bright get rejected from these universities? I don't understand. It makes me even more anxious for when I will be applying for universities (I won't apply for Oxford but I'm still scared.)
Most people (except Medics) get 4+ out of 5 offers. Even "really bright" ones.

For Oxbridge, "ncs, Duke of Edinburgh and was the head girl at her school" aren't important. But admissions assessments/tests, submitted work, the interview(s), etc all are.

If you are on target to achieve the typical requirement at Cambridge or Oxford, and you like the course, you really could consider applying. Plenty of anxious, but capable, applicants *do* get offers and it would just be 1 of your 5 UCAS choices.
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Having good grades will get you a lot further at some universities than others. Someone with all A*s and As at GCSE and A level is pretty much guaranteed an offer from somewhere, and has a good chance of getting into the top universities. However, Oxbridge base their decisions mostly on subjective factors, like your 'thinking style' and how well they think the tutorial system would suit you. Exams don't really prepare you for that, so having good grades won't necessarily translate into good performance at interview or in admissions tests.
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Oxbridge based their decision over how have you changed over the years with education. I know a friend who got bad gcse grades due to extentuanting circumstances and performed good over a levels and and openly answers about his gcse grades at interviews. He got an unconditional offer at last.
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They simply don't have enough places to take every full-A* pupil in the UK. So they look for people who can geniunely think deeper under the pressure of another person (which is often the way in scientific and academic work).

A lot of people can think deep and solve problems in their own space just fine but can't do it under pressure or can't discuss their ideas with another person. That's how they separate the students out. It's finding the combination of intelligence and communication skills.

So you don't need to be a genius but you do need to be able to communicate.
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obviously not that bright
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I actually think that the question should be, "Why do students with lower aptitude test and other scores get places over higher scoring people?". There's a lot more to getting a place than meets the eye. I wonder if future generations will stop applying to Oxbridge because of the unpredictability of the process? I applied for Medicine and didn't get an interview whereas many people with lower scores on all fronts including the aptitude test got not only interviews but a place. I'd certainly expect people with higher scores to succeed over me (that's a meritocracy) but not with lower scores. What's all that about? Other unis are a lot more transparent. I have told my siblings not to bother applying (straight A students). A wasted application.
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(Original post by alevelstudentttt)
I was watching a video from Unjaded Jade where she said that she was rejected from Oxford university. She got all A*'s at GCSE and was predicted all A's at A level too. As well as his she did ncs, Duke of Edinburgh and was the head girl at her school. HOW did she get rejected? How do people so bright get rejected from these universities? I don't understand. It makes me even more anxious for when I will be applying for universities (I won't apply for Oxford but I'm still scared.)
It's good being smart on paper but you need to be able to talk the talk and walk the walk too. Maybe they mess up at interview?
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