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Hi guys,

I hope to study English, having achieved A*A*A* at A level but only 9999866644 at GCSE - is applying a waste of time, especially as it will likely be more competitive this year too? Am I being over ambitious with my other choices - Edinburgh (English Language and Literature), St Andrews (English), UCL (Comparative Literature) and LSE (Language, Culture and Society)?

Thank you 🙂
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Are they (Ox) really that focussed on GCSE results?

My last visit to Oxford, they said simply that if you think you might enjoy a time at Oxford, that you have the drive to work hard, then you should apply.
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Are they (Ox) really that focussed on GCSE results?

My last visit to Oxford, they said simply that if you think you might enjoy a time at Oxford, that you have the drive to work hard, then you should apply.
I don't really know so I thought I'd try to gather insight here 🙂
The cynic in me thinks they say that so more people apply - the more who apply, the more they have to pick from I suppose..... I don't know anyone with GCSEs equal to or lower than mine who has had an offer for any subject which makes me sceptical.
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But I got this from (modern language) tutors, and I really believed it when they said that
(*) most of the profs seemed to be American, strangely....

On your ‘second point’
I would definitely suggest you stick a “University of Lincoln” down, ( or Leeds/Exeter ) and have four challenging places to contend with, and one “spare” - in case your leg falls off (which it won’t)
(Friend of mine did English BA at Lincoln, loved it, and is now doing Masters English at Exeter)
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Lincoln??!! Nonsense
Oxford and your GCSEs - maybe a hurdle. What you need to do is ensure you show specialism/excellence in your chosen degree subject. That will balance your GCSEs and show Intellectual growth
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Lincoln??!! Nonsense
Oxford and your GCSEs - maybe a hurdle. What you need to do is ensure you show specialism/excellence in your chosen degree subject. That will balance your GCSEs and show Intellectual growth
I wasn't keen on the Lincoln suggestion either really 😅 With Cambridge allegedly being less GCSE focused might they be worth a shot instead? Hopefully my personal statement is okay
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Can try - not sure about this thing of Cambs being less GCSE....
I was Oxbridge with what I considered to be sub-par GCSEs. Opted to take Entrance exam To prove my mettle .
My offers were:
Oxf, York, Birmingham, Warwick, Durham, Royal Holloway, Nottingham.
Had 2 interviews - R/Holloway went awful (as I felt at the time), Oxf ok ..
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Can try - not sure about this thing of Cambs being less GCSE....
I was Oxbridge with what I considered to be sub-par GCSEs. Opted to take Entrance exam To prove my mettle .
My offers were:
Oxf, York, Birmingham, Warwick, Durham, Royal Holloway, Nottingham.
Had 2 interviews - R/Holloway went awful (as I felt at the time), Oxf ok ..
Oh, that seems to be the general view (but they're both world class so I assume they will both want only the best of the best...) I presume this wasn't recently(?) as now I can only apply to 5 and have to take the entrance exam. Last time round I got 54/60 on the admissions test (average successful applicant got about 45/60) - if I got a repeat performance this year alongside already having achieved grades and (hopefully) a good personal statement, would that stand me in better stead?
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(Original post by JonSnow’sTies)
Can try - not sure about this thing of Cambs being less GCSE....
I was Oxbridge with what I considered to be sub-par GCSEs. Opted to take Entrance exam To prove my mettle .
My offers were:
Oxf, York, Birmingham, Warwick, Durham, Royal Holloway, Nottingham.
Had 2 interviews - R/Holloway went awful (as I felt at the time), Oxf ok ..
How did you get 7 offers???
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I’m old
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Anyway - yes you sound like a strong candidate - make sure your referee supports you (if you can) -
Never underestimate the weight and power of your teacher reference....
(I’m a teacher with Oxbridge/Ivy aspiring kids)
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Wow, sorry to cause a bit of a ruckus between you two JonSnow’sTies and ageshallnot, I'm interested in hearing everyone's opinions 🙂
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Wow, sorry to cause a bit of a ruckus between you two JonSnow’sTies and ageshallnot, I'm interested in hearing everyone's opinions 🙂
It's not a ruckus when one party is demonstrably telling untruths! 😁

As to your question, you have perfect A-levels. Perhaps Oxford might be a little sniffy about your GCSEs, compared to, say, Cambridge. However, there is no point applying to universities you don't like. It would be quite remarkable if you didn't receive more than one offer though LSE might look askance if your PS is focused outside their course.
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It's not a ruckus when one party is demonstrably telling untruths! 😁

As to your question, you have perfect A-levels. Perhaps Oxford might be a little sniffy about your GCSEs, compared to, say, Cambridge. However, there is no point applying to universities you don't like. It would be quite remarkable if you didn't receive more than one offer though LSE might look askance if your PS is focused outside their course.
Okay thanks - think I've decided Cambridge because of the GCSEs and I marginally prefer the course and city. I've decided against LSE because there are other courses I prefer and London isn't financially viable, thanks though 🙂
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