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.)
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.
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
Too many people get a* at GCSE and A level now so it doesn't really mean much when people get full ums.
because they are actually dark,not bright
I have been rejected from Oxford with 5A*s at A Level.
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.
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.
obviously not that bright
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.