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I’m a year 12 student and I’m really hoping to get into Oxford uni to study Law with French Law. I pretty much have my heart entirely set on that degree and that university and it would completely crush me if I didn’t get in.

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?
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You can easily get in with 3 a levels, lots of ppl don't even have the option to do 4. I would recommend attending virtual events/lectures as Oxford cares about you being passionate about your subject and being able to talk about it. Extra curriculars are less important, however for Law it is a good idea to find some work experience (even if virtual) if you can.

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!
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Whether you do 3 or 4 A levels makes no difference to your application. It is in your interests to drop Chemistry if it means helping your other subjects. AAA is better than AABB, after all.

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.
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As everyone else has said, your offer from Oxford will be based on 3 A Levels so it's absolutely better to drop Chemistry. I got an offer with only 3 A Levels! Your post has so many misconceptions about Oxford and it's quite depressing. Oxford students absolutely can have part-time jobs, go home and relax instead of studying more, etc. We're humans too!

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.

Good luck!
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Everything works on 3 A Levels these days anyway really. Best to cut down on your stress and stick with 3, then your grades will likely improve too.

I don’t know who told you that you need 4 but you really seem overworked right now.
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cut down to 3! french, maths, and history sounds like a great combo for a law degree, and oxford will look at your predicted grades for these, your gcses, and mostly your lnat, so you definitely have a great chance, especially if you get your predicteds high enough!
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You don't need 4 A levels to get into Oxbridge. Do whatever gets you the strongest 3 A Levels.
But your LNAT score will be far more important in deciding where you go to be honest
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