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    Not sure if there's a thread yet (at least I haven't seen one) so I thought I'd make one for us.

    1. What did you get in your GCSES?
    2. What subjects do you do at A Levels?
    3. What work experience do you have?
    4. A2 predicted grades? If you don't have them, what's your best guess-timate?
    5. Ix Oxford your top choice?
    6. Any college caught your eye?
    7. Have you started BMAT prep?

    Useful Links:
    Shortlisting Process and Admissions Statistics
    Official Oxford 2018 Admissions Statistical Report (look through contents; pg16 useful to breakdown school types i.e. state-school intake)
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    (Original post by une rock)
    Wya huh? There must be some of you lurking around here. Not sure if there's a thread yet (at least I haven't seen one) so I thought I'd make one for us.

    1. What did you get in your GCSES?
    2. What subjects do yall do at A Levels?
    3. What work experience do you have?
    4. A2 predicted grades? If you don't have them, what's your bets guesstimate?
    5. Ix Oxford your top choice?
    6. Any college caught your eye?
    7. Have you started BMAT prep?



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    GCSE: 9A*, 2A (A in OCR Additional Maths as well)

    A Levels: Maths, Further Maths, Biology, Chemistry

    Predicted: A*A*A*A respectively

    Work Experience: 1y at a place where I helped disabled children horse ride, 1y of going to a disabled childrens' school, 3 weeks at 3 different hospitals (1 week each), 1 week at a dental practice.

    My top choice: Ye boi, although I'm 80% sure I ain't gunna get in

    Colleges: I have no idea about colleges, please suggest somewhere good (PLEASE?)?

    BMAT: Just finished UKCAT, so going to start BMAT in a week, and do some more over holidays.
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    (Original post by EnglishKoreanman)
    GCSE: 9A*, 2A (A in OCR Additional Maths as well)

    A Levels: Maths, Further Maths, Biology, Chemistry

    Predicted: A*A*A*A respectively

    Work Experience: 1y at a place where I helped disabled children horse ride, 1y of going to a disabled childrens' school, 3 weeks at 3 different hospitals (1 week each), 1 week at a dental practice.

    My top choice: Ye boi, although I'm 80% sure I ain't gunna get in

    Colleges: I have no idea about collegies, please suggest somewhere good (PLEASE?)?

    BMAT: Just finished UKCAT, so going to start BMAT in a week, and do some more over holidays.
    whoa hey koreaboo dude, didn't expect to see you here

    >9A*s at GCSE + A*A*A*A at A Level
    >"i'M nOt gOnnA gEt in"

    bruv your grades are amazing tf. asian genes pull thru. be confident
    Your work experience is also very impressive; has it helped shed light on what you'd possibly like to specialise in later in your career as a medic?
    Same, I wasn't able to go to Oxford (it was kind of a last minute decision lol) and was hoping to check out other people's preferences first. But idek I think I prefer one of the smaller colleges like the ones I saw in Cambridge.

    So how are you finding your subjects so far?
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    https://www.medsci.ox.ac.uk/study/me...cal/statistics

    ^ Obviously a link that should be high up on this thread!
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    (Original post by nexttime)
    https://www.medsci.ox.ac.uk/study/me...cal/statistics

    ^ Obviously a link that should be high up on this thread!
    Thank you, the OP will be adjusted. I saw that they didn't mention anything about state-school applicant intake?
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    (Original post by une rock)
    whoa hey koreaboo dude, didn't expect to see you here

    >9A*s at GCSE + A*A*A*A at A Level
    >"i'M nOt gOnnA gEt in"

    bruv your grades are amazing tf. asian genes pull thru. be confident
    Your work experience is also very impressive; has it helped shed light on what you'd possibly like to specialise in later in your career as a medic?
    Same, I wasn't able to go to Oxford (it was kind of a last minute decision lol) and was hoping to check out other people's preferences first. But idek I think I prefer one of the smaller colleges like the ones I saw in Cambridge.

    So how are you finding your subjects so far?
    Ahaha hey, thanks for the compliments, o sentient rock! I shall try and be confident.

    It hasn't helped tell me what I wanna specialise in very much yet (although radiology seems pretty cool, though I'd have to look into it!), but it has helped me to clear things up on whether I want to go into dentistry, vet, or medicine.

    I loved Churchill college in Cambridge, but due to them stressing so much that CHEMISTRY IS IMPORTANT (and I got my only predicted A in that), I'd rather apply to Oxford, which I think I might have a better chance in getting to interviews. I'd have to look into Oxford colleges. I doubt there aren't ones at least similar to Churchill College in Cambridge.

    I haven't found them easy so far, but I think I've got the hang of it. However, I am bracing for the impact that will come next term, cuz apparently it gets much much harder...
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    (Original post by une rock)
    Thank you, the OP will be adjusted.
    Oh ok thanks!

    I suppose if you found some good BMAT resources or sth you could add that too.

    I saw that they didn't mention anything about state-school applicant intake?
    ? Yes it does. At the bottom

    64% of applicants attending school in the UK were from state schools (including sixth form and further education colleges), while 36% were from independent schools.

    The overall success rate in 2017 was 14.8% for state school applicants and 13.7% for independent school applicant
    Which if you crunch the numbers = 65.7% state school acceptances. That compares to 72% for medical schools across the country.
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    Oh ok thanks!

    I suppose if you found some good BMAT resources or sth you could add that too.



    ? Yes it does. At the bottom



    Which if you crunch the numbers = 65.7% state school acceptances.
    Yikes i must be blind. Thank you, I think that's the number I saw in oxford's official report pdf
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    i think its easier to get an interview at cambridge because they interview a much larger percentage of applicants
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    (Original post by EnglishKoreanman)
    Ahaha hey, thanks for the compliments, o sentient rock! I shall try and be confident.

    It hasn't helped tell me what I wanna specialise in very much yet (although radiology seems pretty cool, though I'd have to look into it!), but it has helped me to clear things up on whether I want to go into dentistry, vet, or medicine.

    I loved Churchill college in Cambridge, but due to them stressing so much that CHEMISTRY IS IMPORTANT (and I got my only predicted A in that), I'd rather apply to Oxford, which I think I might have a better chance in getting to interviews. I'd have to look into Oxford colleges. I doubt there aren't ones at least similar to Churchill College in Cambridge.

    I haven't found them easy so far, but I think I've got the hang of it. However, I am bracing for the impact that will come next term, cuz apparently it gets much much harder...
    i think its easier to get an interview at cambridge because they interview a much larger percentage of applicants
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    (Original post by haileygold)
    i think its easier to get an interview at cambridge because they interview a much larger percentage of applicants
    I'm afraid my chem grade will risk the chances of reaching an interview... Do you reckon I'm fine? I'm so confused where to apply at the moment.
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    (Original post by EnglishKoreanman)
    I'm afraid my chem grade will risk the chances of reaching an interview... Do you reckon I'm fine? I'm so confused where to apply at the moment.
    I heard from a friend that went to their open day that Cambridge don't really care about predicted grades because they know that in some schools students can just ask for whatever they want and other schools are much stricter. You could email the admissions office if it's a ral worry for yo but I doubt it's gonna be a problem in your application and you are way more likely to get an interview at Cmabridge so if you prefer it and thinkyou have good interview skills you should apply there. Hope this helps and sorry for rambling.
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    (Original post by haileygold)
    I heard from a friend that went to their open day that Cambridge don't really care about predicted grades because they know that in some schools students can just ask for whatever they want and other schools are much stricter. You could email the admissions office if it's a ral worry for yo but I doubt it's gonna be a problem in your application and you are way more likely to get an interview at Cmabridge so if you prefer it and thinkyou have good interview skills you should apply there. Hope this helps and sorry for rambling.
    (Original post by EnglishKoreanman)
    I'm afraid my chem grade will risk the chances of reaching an interview... Do you reckon I'm fine? I'm so confused where to apply at the moment.
    Cambridge place a huge importance on predicted grades, from what I’ve been told by admissions officers during ODs, especially since they don’t weigh GCSE grades as heavily as oxford (hence why oxford is a good place if you’re A*-heavy on the gcse side).

    As long as you can get the minimum of A*A*A which I’m sure both of you prolly exceeded, you’re in safe waters. Applying with less than the minimum requirement doesn’t look too hot on paper.

    but idk, ultimately the decision lies in personal preference. Good luck to you both
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    Back in the days...I did a lot of research...so I am just going to put some numbers here
    Stats of a strong Oxford applicant
    GCSEs A*/A 90 %
    AS levels Chem Bio Maths FM/Physics AAAA
    A level predictions A* (chem) A* (maths) A A (the rest)
    BMAT score 6 6 4A

    Hope it helps.
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    Back in the days...I did a lot of research...so I am just going to put some numbers here
    Stats of a strong Oxford applicant
    GCSEs A*/A 90 %
    AS levels Chem Bio Maths FM/Physics AAAA
    A level predictions A* (chem) A* (maths) A A (the rest)
    BMAT score 6 6 4A

    Hope it helps.
    Ah crap. The GCSEs and A in Chem puts me in a bad place then. There's no harm in trying in either though...
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    (Original post by une rock)
    Cambridge place a huge importance on predicted grades, from what I’ve been told by admissions officers during ODs, especially since they don’t weigh GCSE grades as heavily as oxford (hence why oxford is a good place if you’re A*-heavy on the gcse side).

    As long as you can get the minimum of A*A*A which I’m sure both of you prolly exceeded, you’re in safe waters. Applying with less than the minimum requirement doesn’t look too hot on paper.

    but idk, ultimately the decision lies in personal preference. Good luck to you both
    I mean they contextualise the GCSEs, and I'm from a really competitive school where I'm below average. Plus, I've also missed the 90% A* at GCSE by a small margin. So Cambridge seems like a good option, but they like an A* in Chem, so I seem to be in a sticky situation here.
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    (Original post by une rock)
    Cambridge place a huge importance on predicted grades, from what I’ve been told by admissions officers during ODs, especially since they don’t weigh GCSE grades as heavily as oxford (hence why oxford is a good place if you’re A*-heavy on the gcse side).

    As long as you can get the minimum of A*A*A which I’m sure both of you prolly exceeded, you’re in safe waters. Applying with less than the minimum requirement doesn’t look too hot on paper.

    but idk, ultimately the decision lies in personal preference. Good luck to you both
    Oh sorry I may be mistaken then. I did think they were putting less weight on predicitions now that most students aren't doing AS's, especially since stats showed that private schools were likely to overpredict by one grade and state schools would underpredict by one grade but it's true that they do consider them more than Oxford.
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    Has anyone started writing their personal statements? I'm scared I might make mine sound to sciencey and I'm unsure how to talk about books I have read. Plus HOW ON EARTH DO YOU MAKE IT FLOW
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    (Original post by EnglishKoreanman)
    I mean they contextualise the GCSEs, and I'm from a really competitive school where I'm below average. Plus, I've also missed the 90% A* at GCSE by a small margin. So Cambridge seems like a good option, but they like an A* in Chem, so I seem to be in a sticky situation here.
    Which uni do you prefer?
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    Which uni do you prefer?
    I honestly love both so idk hahah
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