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UCAS deadlines are drawing near & I’m torn between putting down Oxford as my 1/5 uni choices or another uni.
My GCSE’s aren’t really Oxford standard: 1A, 4Bs & 4Cs (2 of them are grade 5), which I’m not very happy about as I was lazy during my GCSE period despite being predicted straight A’s, & A*s for my sciences. However my English teacher wasn’t really helpful either due to her inaccurate marks/grades she’d give us after every mock. She had graded me a 7 throughout my mock & I had even wrote the same content in my real exam when I was shocked to see a 5 next to English Lang.
Didn’t do so well in AS, but I’ve been working extremely hard for A2 now & been getting A’s in my tests.
Do I still stand a chance? Is it worth it?
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You've missed the October 15th deadline for this year so unless you take a gap year after completing your A-levels, and then apply to Oxford, it would be a wasted application this year as you would get instantly rejected for applying after the deadline.
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You've missed the October 15th deadline for this year so unless you take a gap year after completing your A-levels, and then apply to Oxford, it would be a wasted application this year as you would get instantly rejected for applying after the deadline.
Thought it was Jan 15 oh my god how stupid of me 😑. If I do take a gap year what are the chances they’ll accept? What do I need to do other than good A2 grades for them to consider me?
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UCAS deadlines are drawing near & I’m torn between putting down Oxford as my 1/5 uni choices or another uni.
My GCSE’s aren’t really Oxford standard: 1A, 4Bs & 4Cs (2 of them are grade 5), which I’m not very happy about as I was lazy during my GCSE period despite being predicted straight A’s, & A*s for my sciences. However my English teacher wasn’t really helpful either due to her inaccurate marks/grades she’d give us after every mock. She had graded me a 7 throughout my mock & I had even wrote the same content in my real exam when I was shocked to see a 5 next to English Lang.
Didn’t do so well in AS, but I’ve been working extremely hard for A2 now & been getting A’s in my tests.
Do I still stand a chance? Is it worth it?
Everything is bad now cancel yourself
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Thought it was Jan 15 oh my god how stupid of me 😑. If I do take a gap year what are the chances they’ll accept? What do I need to do other than good A2 grades for them to consider me?
For Oxbridge/medicine/veterinary medicine/dentistry the deadline in October the 15th and for other courses/unis the deadline is January the 15th. You need to show a passion for your subject by doing extra reading, attending lectures/masterclasses, doing work experience (if relevant to your course e.g. Attending vet practices and animal husbandry placements vet med - Cambridge don't have a minimum for vet med) and make sure you do relevant academic work in your gap year as I've heard Oxbridge like students that take gap years to retain academic knowledge from A-levels. I can't really tell you want your chance of getting in would be as it depends on your subject and how well you do in any admissions assessments (and written work dependent on subject), your interview, your grades, your PS etc. Hope this helped.
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UCAS deadlines are drawing near & I’m torn between putting down Oxford as my 1/5 uni choices or another uni.
My GCSE’s aren’t really Oxford standard: 1A, 4Bs & 4Cs (2 of them are grade 5), which I’m not very happy about as I was lazy during my GCSE period despite being predicted straight A’s, & A*s for my sciences. However my English teacher wasn’t really helpful either due to her inaccurate marks/grades she’d give us after every mock. She had graded me a 7 throughout my mock & I had even wrote the same content in my real exam when I was shocked to see a 5 next to English Lang.
Didn’t do so well in AS, but I’ve been working extremely hard for A2 now & been getting A’s in my tests.
Do I still stand a chance? Is it worth it?
Not this year, and not if you call it that

Which subject? As has been said, the deadline was the 15th October, and there are potentially admissions tests to take / written work to submit. You need to have the entry requirements (including predicted grades), do well enough in the admissions test(s) to get an interview, do well enough in that to get an offer, then meet the offer.
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UCAS deadlines are drawing near & I’m torn between putting down Oxford as my 1/5 uni choices or another uni.
My GCSE’s aren’t really Oxford standard: 1A, 4Bs & 4Cs (2 of them are grade 5), which I’m not very happy about as I was lazy during my GCSE period despite being predicted straight A’s, & A*s for my sciences. However my English teacher wasn’t really helpful either due to her inaccurate marks/grades she’d give us after every mock. She had graded me a 7 throughout my mock & I had even wrote the same content in my real exam when I was shocked to see a 5 next to English Lang.
Didn’t do so well in AS, but I’ve been working extremely hard for A2 now & been getting A’s in my tests.
Do I still stand a chance? Is it worth it?
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Thought it was Jan 15 oh my god how stupid of me 😑. If I do take a gap year what are the chances they’ll accept? What do I need to do other than good A2 grades for them to consider me?
For which course? But why do you especially want to go to Oxford?
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For which course? But why do you especially want to go to Oxford?
I was thinking I should have tagged you in this thread
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My GCSE’s aren’t really Oxford standard: 1A, 4Bs & 4Cs... Didn’t do so well in AS
It seems unlikely. Oxbridge will discount most candidates with anything less than virtually all A*/A at GCSE. They take AS results into consideration, anyone without straight As at AS will likely be rejected.

If you can get a contextual offer, you may have a chance. This is if your school has Ofsted category of 'inadequate', or perhaps have been living in a single parent family on the poverty line.

But otherwise, you do not stand a chance I'm afraid.
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But otherwise, you do not stand a chance I'm afraid.
Not correct. Given they have missed this year's deadline and the only option will be applying in a gap year with A-levels achieved - a lot depends on those grades (and the admissions tests, etc). Likely much more so than GCSEs, depending on the course they are interested in.
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Thought it was Jan 15 oh my god how stupid of me 😑. If I do take a gap year what are the chances they’ll accept? What do I need to do other than good A2 grades for them to consider me?
The fact that you didn't know this implies you don't go to that great a school - do you know its 5A*-C rating? If its low that will be beneficial to you.

But yes if you wanted to try for Oxford now you'd have to take a gap year. That's a lot to do for just a chance, possibly not a great chance, given your prior attainment, at one uni, so I'd make sure you actually actively want to take a gap year anyway, or perhaps look at some of the other great UK unis you can apply to.

In the meantime, obviously getting the best grades possible (AAA or A*AA) for Oxford would be mandatory.
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Not this year, and not if you call it that

Which subject? As has been said, the deadline was the 15th October, and there are potentially admissions tests to take / written work to submit. You need to have the entry requirements (including predicted grades), do well enough in the admissions test(s) to get an interview, do well enough in that to get an offer, then meet the offer.
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For which course? But why do you especially want to go to Oxford?
Experimental Psychology. Main reason being that it's very close to home so it would be easier for me to commute, and I'd be saving money as I don't really work. It's so close to my home that it would be a shame to miss such a great opportunity despite that small chance I clearly have based on all of the answers. I'm a very ambitious person and I just feel like I might make it if I put in all of the effort this time.
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Experimental Psychology. Main reason being that it's very close to home so it would be easier for me to commute, and I'd be saving money as I don't really work. It's so close to my home that it would be a shame to miss such a great opportunity despite that small chance I clearly have based on all of the answers. I'm a very ambitious person and I just feel like I might make it if I put in all of the effort this time.
There is oxford Brookes too
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Experimental Psychology. Main reason being that it's very close to home so it would be easier for me to commute, and I'd be saving money as I don't really work. It's so close to my home that it would be a shame to miss such a great opportunity despite that small chance I clearly have based on all of the answers. I'm a very ambitious person and I just feel like I might make it if I put in all of the effort this time.
You live close to Oxford and yet your school didn't warn you about the Oxbridge/Medicine deadline?

Also afaik you are normally expected to live in college at Oxford, especially as an undergraduate. (Just tagging nexttime to confirm if this is indeed the case, as it certainly is for Cambridge.)

That said, the cost of living at an Oxford college is relatively low due in large part to the short terms. Also Oxford has a pretty generous bursary scheme for students with low household incomes.
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It seems unlikely. Oxbridge will discount most candidates with anything less than virtually all A*/A at GCSE. They take AS results into consideration, anyone without straight As at AS will likely be rejected.

If you can get a contextual offer, you may have a chance. This is if your school has Ofsted category of 'inadequate', or perhaps have been living in a single parent family on the poverty line.

But otherwise, you do not stand a chance I'm afraid.
For the contextual offer how do I go about receiving one because that point you made about the Ofsted report I can relate to. The school I had went to had a history of 'inadequate' written on their reports, and a very bad rep. I'm just upset that despite my circumstances, I could've tried harder, however with sufficient teacher support I know that it could've motivated me to do well in my GCSEs.
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For the contextual offer how do I go about receiving one because that point you made about the Ofsted report I can relate to. The school I had went to had a history of 'inadequate' written on their reports, and a very bad rep. I'm just upset that despite my circumstances, I could've tried harder, however with sufficient teacher support I know that it could've motivated me to do well in my GCSEs.
Oxford takes your academic context into account but doesn't have "contextual offers" (ie. reduced offers).
More info here: https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/unde...al-data?wssl=1

Actually one thought occurs to me - you haven't missed the deadline for the Foundation Year at Lady Margaret Hall. It's an Oxford college that offers students from disadvantaged academic or social background a fully-funded (i.e. free) year including accommodation as preparation for Oxford or other universities.

http://www.lmh.ox.ac.uk/prospective-...oundation-year

They require ABB for Psychology
http://www.lmh.ox.ac.uk/prospective-...ation-year-0-4

You apply direct to LMH, not via UCAS - so it doesn't take up one of your UCAS choices.
http://www.lmh.ox.ac.uk/prospective-...ents/apply-now
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Oxford takes your academic context into account but doesn't have "contextual offers" (ie. reduced offers).
More info here: https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/unde...al-data?wssl=1

Actually one thought occurs to me - you haven't missed the deadline for the Foundation Year at Lady Margaret Hall. It's an Oxford college that offers students from disadvantaged academic or social background a fully-funded (i.e. free) year including accommodation as preparation for Oxford or other universities.

http://www.lmh.ox.ac.uk/prospective-...oundation-year

They require ABB for Psychology
http://www.lmh.ox.ac.uk/prospective-...ation-year-0-4

You apply direct to LMH, not via UCAS - so it doesn't take up one of your UCAS choices.
http://www.lmh.ox.ac.uk/prospective-...ents/apply-now
Thank you for this, really appreciate your help.
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Also afaik you are normally expected to live in college at Oxford, especially as an undergraduate. (Just tagging nexttime to confirm if this is indeed the case, as it certainly is for Cambridge.)
In first year yes, although I do know an exception (mature married student).

In subsequent years you don't have to live in college but you do have to live within 25 miles of Carfax Tower in the centre of Oxford. Again, there can be exceptions.

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Experimental Psychology. Main reason being that it's very close to home so it would be easier for me to commute, and I'd be saving money as I don't really work. It's so close to my home that it would be a shame to miss such a great opportunity despite that small chance I clearly have based on all of the answers. I'm a very ambitious person and I just feel like I might make it if I put in all of the effort this time.
Given the low cost of college living, the expensive cost of commuting, and the loss of a huge part of the university experience, I definitely wouldn't recommend living at home though. If you have low household income you definitely will be able to afford it.
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In first year yes, although I do know an exception (mature married student).

In subsequent years you don't have to live in college but you do have to live within 25 miles of Carfax Tower in the centre of Oxford. Again, there can be exceptions.
Thanks, Cambridge is within 3 miles of the Church of Great St Mary for all undergrads, although again there can be exceptional circumstances. Grads get 10 miles.

https://www.cambridgestudents.cam.ac...de-universitys


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