Can you get into Oxford with 3 A levels?Watch
The only thing is, my A levels aren’t going too well at the moment. I currently take French, History, Maths and Chemistry. French is going extremely well and I get A*s without even trying, maths was originally not going great but I worked really hard and got an A on my last test, History is also not going too well and I’ve had two Bs in recent tests and chemistry is going absolutely awful. I got a B in one test and a C in the other (the B came first so I’m going backwards) and my teacher told me that my folder was the worst out of her two classes.
If I dropped chemistry would I even stand a chance at getting into Oxford? I know the offer would be based on 3 A levels but as I don’t really have any extra curriculars or work experience I feel like it would be held against me if I only had three A levels.
Truthfully, I am not doing all I can to get the best grades possible, I have a part time job (which I need to be able to afford to run my car) and sometimes when I come home from college I go for a walk or watch tv. I don’t really feel at all motivated to study or revise after my GCSEs got cancelled and my months worth of revision all went to waste. So am I just not an Oxford calibre student and should I just drop it all together?
The only way I would have the time to do all this studying is if I did it literally constantly and never had even a minute to myself, is that what Oxford students do? I don’t even have any friends so I don’t even need to fit in any social time. I really feel like three A levels would be better for me but would Oxford just completely disregard my application if I only had three?
Basically, if you think dropping an a level will help increase your chances of getting A/A* grades that's far more important than whether you do 4 a levels or not.
Good luck with your studies, I'm sure you'll do great!
I don't believe in the idea of an "Oxford calibre student". Plenty would also tell you they "don't really feel at all motivated to study or revise", as surprising as that maybe sound.
If you want to go to Oxford, work hard to meet the required grades, prepare for the admission test well, and read a lot around the subject. There's nothing stopping you from applying, though the more work you put in to it the better chance you have.
You don't need the most impressive personal statement ever to be considered. Just do some outside reading, listen to podcasts and watch lectures online that are relevant to Law, then be prepared to analyse them and explain how they influenced your thinking. If you can shadow a lawyer or something like that during the school holidays, great - but if not, don't worry! The more important part of your application is the LNAT and then the interview. Oxford doesn't insist on flashy work experience or extracurriculars because that would discriminate against students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Also, please do try to socialise a little. I cut off a lot of my friends to focus on studying and then really regretted it when I did arrive at Oxford but had no support network or social skills, not to mention nobody to hang out with in the long Oxford holidays.
I don’t know who told you that you need 4 but you really seem overworked right now.
But your LNAT score will be far more important in deciding where you go to be honest