I'd imagine your chances of getting an interview would be quite high at Oxbridge. What do you mean by OS?
38 points is around the minimum offer a Cambridge college would usually give too. It's more important to have 7's in your HL subjects though, especially those that related to your proposed degree.
well not to prematurely kill off this thread
any other views on this matter? and also could anyone enlighten me on the type of questions asked at an oriental studies interview :P thanks
Essentially, it depends on your essays, in my opinion. They'd have to be good. Excellent preferably!
I study Maths, so I can't say exactly what sort of questions you might get, but my friend got in for Chinese, and I remember her saying that she was just asked to look at some Chinese characters, and try and guess what they mean, to see how she could think or something, and then she was asked how she thought she could cope with different grammar and script, and she used Greek and Latin GCSEs as examples. She then told them about her trip to China and how she was interested in the culture etc. She'd already learnt a little Japanese and Chinese too (like once a week after school), and had a short conversation about how she was hungry and how she'd like to eat Dim Sum in Chinese, but I doubt this has much effect on her offer chances, as it was literally 'It says here that you speak a little already through learning after school. What sort of level are you at now?', so possibly testing how fast she learns, rather than her actual Chinese!
Go for the application! You've got nothing to lose other than a few hours of your time.
Interviews in Cambridge are usually in early December. Overseas interviews are usually earlier... I think it's in October, but I forget.