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Does having bad GCSE's put me at a disadvantage? I imagine it does, however I have good predicted grades as I've developed as a student so does this counter the bad GCSE's? This is for Law at Oxford.
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Hola JamesW123,

Over-estimating what GCSEs are needed is one of the most common concerns on the Oxbridge tsr pages. If you would like to state your gcse profile, we can give you a straight answer tomorrow.

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Does having bad GCSE's put me at a disadvantage? I imagine it does, however I have good predicted grades as I've developed as a student so does this counter the bad GCSE's? This is for Law at Oxford.
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Mathematics-8 Religious Studies-8 History-8 Physics-7 Chemistry-6 Biology-5 English Lang-5 English Literature-5 Physical education-5 French-3. A-level predictedMathematics-A*Business Studies-A*History-A


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Hola JamesW123,

Over-estimating what GCSEs are needed is one of the most common concerns on the Oxbridge tsr pages. If you would like to state your gcse profile, we can give you a straight answer tomorrow.

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Mathematics-8 Religious Studies-8 History-8 Physics-7 Chemistry-6 Biology-5 English Lang-5 English Literature-5 Physical education-5 French-3. A-level predictedMathematics-A*Business Studies-A*History-A
Last year for Law, we think 342 UK applicants were interviewed. Of these, 40 had 3 or fewer 8/9s at GCSEs. Looking at the 40, 29 were flagged overall for contextual data (indicating that the GCSE performance level may have been very good given the school attended) and 11 were not.

This suggests that you would need to perform well in the LNAT and/or have GCSEs that are strong in the context of the school attended at age 16 to be shortlisted for interview. We cannot say what LNAT score might be needed as Law would look at all aspects of an application and Oxford is also in the process of overhauling its use of contextual data.
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I went to Kings Norton Boys School, and I don’t believe this would be flagged up for a contextual offer. Is there any way I can check this?
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Last year for Law, we think 342 UK applicants were interviewed. Of these, 40 had 3 or fewer 8/9s at GCSEs. Looking at the 40, 29 were flagged overall for contextual data (indicating that the GCSE performance level may have been very good given the school attended) and 11 were not.

This suggests that you would need to perform well in the LNAT and/or have GCSEs that are strong in the context of the school attended at age 16 to be shortlisted for interview. We cannot say what LNAT score might be needed as Law would look at all aspects of an application and Oxford is also in the process of overhauling its use of contextual data.
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I went to Kings Norton Boys School, and I don’t believe this would be flagged up for a contextual offer. Is there any way I can check this?
We don't know of any way of checking formally but were you to ask your teachers for a view on how your results compared, we think they might be willing to help.
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