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So, I’m from Birmingham and I honestly think I’ll get good results at gcse and a level and I may be well above average, but will I really have a competitive chance at all since I come from like a area that is like deprived?
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to be honest i'm from birmingham too and i'm sure with good results you should have a chance
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What a level subjects are you doing? What super curricular activities would you do? What subject would you want to study at university? Are you only attracted due to the brand and reputation? Birmingham isn’t socio-economically deprived anyway?
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Even if you don’t get the grades you need, Oxford does a free foundation year at a lower grade rate if you’re from a deprived background (youll need to check the fine print if that applies to you).
I think Cambridge does foundation summer courses too, so they can be more accessible than you think!

I would look at the courses youre interested in and see if they have any requirements such as any certain A-level subjects too
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What a level subjects are you doing? What super curricular activities would you do? What subject would you want to study at university? Are you only attracted due to the brand and reputation? Birmingham isn’t socio-economically deprived anyway?
It is tho, I searched it
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What a level subjects are you doing? What super curricular activities would you do? What subject would you want to study at university? Are you only attracted due to the brand and reputation? Birmingham isn’t socio-economically deprived anyway?
it actually is according to the government and the council
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Thank you so much, I really appreciate it.
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It is tho, I searched it
If you can search that you lived in a deprived area, how come you can't research, even here on TSR, how it makes no difference to Oxford or Cambridge? How come you can't see the efforts, schemes, funding etc going on to make sure that grades are the only thing that counts for entry?
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If you can search that you lived in a deprived area, how come you can't research, even here on TSR, how it makes no difference to Oxford or Cambridge? How come you can't see the efforts, schemes, funding etc going on to make sure that grades are the only thing that counts for entry?
First of all, you can stop being so rude. Second of all, I did do research and tried to see if the statistics match my data, because only 1%, ONE PERCENT got into oxbridge from my area. Also, grades are not the only thing, it’s also personal statement and etc. I wanted an insight on my situation, if you have a problem then I’d rather you not reply than making me feel like it’s my fault for asking a question, thanks.
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What subject do you want to studying at university level? Make sure to inform us of your GCSE grades tomorrow, better hope for all 9s and 8s. Otherwise you’ll never get into Oxbridge!
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So GCSEs are only really relevant for Oxford (and not even for all courses, at least to the same degree); Cambridge doesn't put much weight on them.

It will also depend on what subject you want to apply to, and what A-level subjects you're going to be taking. If you don't meet the entry criteria (either explicit or implicit), then you've already likely guaranteed you can't get in (e.g. 3 STEM subjects for Natural Sciences or Medicine at Cambridge; A-level Maths for PPE or E&M at Oxford).

Your starting point should be making sure you're taking the right subjects, and from there figure out how to build on that. Also as noted, specific advice will depend on what subject you wish to read at university, as to what the best next steps would be.
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So, I’m from Birmingham and I honestly think I’ll get good results at gcse and a level and I may be well above average, but will I really have a competitive chance at all since I come from like a area that is like deprived?
If you're from a deprived area and get good results, then you have even more chance of getting in than someone from a posh area with the same results. If you're intelligent enough to get the top grades, then being in a deprived area gives you a pretty significant advantage since it shows you overcame your financial limitations to achieve well. Look up contextual offers and flags- you're probably in a better position by being from an area like that
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What subject do you want to studying at university level? Make sure to inform us of your GCSE grades tomorrow, better hope for all 9s and 8s. Otherwise you’ll never get into Oxbridge!
I want to study computer science, is it REALLY necessary to get 8/9? The average grades in my area are B’s.
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so, i’m from birmingham and i honestly think i’ll get good results at gcse and a level and i may be well above average, but will i really have a competitive chance at all since i come from like a area that is like deprived?
just to clarify, i want to do computer science.
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I want to study computer science, is it REALLY necessary to get 8/9? The average grades in my area are B’s.
Yes. You need to be well above your area's average for oxbridge, A's and B's won't cut it. You would absolutely be expected to get a 9 and then A* in the subject you're wanting to study- and even then that's nowhere near enough to get an offer. You need to show your ability through the extra tests they'll set you, and then at interview because even an A* at A level simply doesn't set you apart from everyone else getting those grades
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So, I’m from Birmingham and I honestly think I’ll get good results at gcse and a level and I may be well above average, but will I really have a competitive chance at all since I come from like a area that is like deprived?
how do you rate against the eligibility criteria here? If you are eligible, register your interest for 2020.
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So, I’m from Birmingham and I honestly think I’ll get good results at gcse and a level and I may be well above average, but will I really have a competitive chance at all since I come from like a area that is like deprived?
Those are of course the magic assets
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...because only 1%, ONE PERCENT got into oxbridge from my area.
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I want to study computer science, is it REALLY necessary to get 8/9? The average grades in my area are B’s.
I suspect you're making these numbers up, but those numbers above would actually mean you live in a really good area! Nationally less than 1% of people go to Oxbridge, and in old money only about 65% of people managed to get 5Cs - achieving an average of B across all subjects would be really strong.
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I suspect you're making these numbers up, but those numbers above would actually mean you live in a really good area! Nationally less than 1% of people go to Oxbridge, and in old money only about 65% of people managed to get 5Cs - achieving an average of B across all subjects would be really strong.
Bs at GCSE or a level aren’t really Oxbridge standard. Perhaps in your generation or 20 years ago that was the case. Looking at Cambridge summer school requirements, candidates are expected to have at least 7 A* or 8/9 to meet the grade requirements, I don’t know about Oxford though. A B at gcse is okay, but all Bs / 6s at GCSE isn’t Oxbridge Standard.

I’m applying to Cambridge for geography this year, and I got 99999988A*A* at this time last year, and still there will be people I’m competitive with with 12 9s or even greater.
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As you’re interested in computer science, you’ll need to take maths and computer science a level. I’m not sure about a third or even a fourth option, perhaps physics, or further maths?
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