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I got two 7's, two 6's, one 5, and four 4's... - though, this was because of the COVID-19 situation and I cannot resit my exams anymore (my school planned for me to resit my exams that I got lower grades in - in June/July time) and now exams are cancelled I'm really annoyed because I thought I could redeem myself.

So my main question is, does Oxford really care about your GCSE results?
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Just a pointer that I was working towards higher grades - and I got downgraded in four subjects.
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So my main question is, does Oxford really care about your GCSE results?
Yes, I get the impression that Oxford take gcses quite heavily into account for shortlisting
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Yes its possible. Their use of GCSEs is best known in medicine (where they are used incredibly heavily).
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I got two 7's, two 6's, one 5, and four 4's... - though, this was because of the COVID-19 situation and I cannot resit my exams anymore (my school planned for me to resit my exams that I got lower grades in - in June/July time) and now exams are cancelled I'm really annoyed because I thought I could redeem myself.

So my main question is, does Oxford really care about your GCSE results?
They definitely do care - i was rejected for law post-interview this year and in my feedback they explicitly mentioned my GCSE's, that being said every uni will take into account extenuating circumstances, and i wouldn't let it put you off from applying
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They definitely do care - i was rejected for law post-interview this year and in my feedback they explicitly mentioned my GCSE's, that being said every uni will take into account extenuating circumstances, and i wouldn't let it put you off from applying
although most do, not all take into consideration mitigating circumstances haha. i applied for geography with mitigating circumstances, but the letter probably wasn’t forwarded to the central dept so the circumstances weren’t considered which was annoying
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They definitely do care - i was rejected for law post-interview this year and in my feedback they explicitly mentioned my GCSE's, that being said every uni will take into account extenuating circumstances, and i wouldn't let it put you off from applying
if you don’t mind sharing, what were your gcse grades?
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if you don’t mind sharing, what were your gcse grades?
so i got 5 8s, 4 7s, and 2 6s, but they did say that my GCSEs were a strong part of the application (I think it was my LNAT essay that let me down), sorry if I was misleading, i just meant to point out that they definitely do look at them
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I got two 7's, two 6's, one 5, and four 4's... - though, this was because of the COVID-19 situation and I cannot resit my exams anymore (my school planned for me to resit my exams that I got lower grades in - in June/July time) and now exams are cancelled I'm really annoyed because I thought I could redeem myself.

So my main question is, does Oxford really care about your GCSE results?
What subject are you interested in?
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What subject are you interested in?
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the pain is real here brother, same here. I just didn't try in my mocks and it cost me alot.
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I doubt Oxford will care about your GCSEs. CAGs aren't objective.
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I got two 7's, two 6's, one 5, and four 4's... - though, this was because of the COVID-19 situation and I cannot resit my exams anymore (my school planned for me to resit my exams that I got lower grades in - in June/July time) and now exams are cancelled I'm really annoyed because I thought I could redeem myself.

So my main question is, does Oxford really care about your GCSE results?
Oxford are well known to filter with GCSEs.

It is not the only consideration, entry exams, predictions, A-level results, interviews are all play their part.

What I think is also worth considering is people who do well on GCSEs are more likely to follow that up with strong performances elsewhere in the admissions process.

Generally I think it's fair to say most Oxfords students are getting a high number of A*s at GCSE but you can find statistical outliers.

EDIT: It is not yet known how they will treat covid affected results, on one end you can see them being more forgiving but on another grade were highly inflated so they may get even stricter. I think courses that use entry exams its reasonable to assume they'll lean more heavily on these but its just known at this moment in time.
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I got two 7's, two 6's, one 5, and four 4's... - though, this was because of the COVID-19 situation and I cannot resit my exams anymore (my school planned for me to resit my exams that I got lower grades in - in June/July time) and now exams are cancelled I'm really annoyed because I thought I could redeem myself.

So my main question is, does Oxford really care about your GCSE results?
History... u still have four other uni choices so what’s the harm in applying anyway?
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I got two 7's, two 6's, one 5, and four 4's... - though, this was because of the COVID-19 situation and I cannot resit my exams anymore (my school planned for me to resit my exams that I got lower grades in - in June/July time) and now exams are cancelled I'm really annoyed because I thought I could redeem myself.

So my main question is, does Oxford really care about your GCSE results?
yes u need mostly 9's and like a few 8's
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yes u need mostly 9's and like a few 8's
Oxford consider 9 and 8 to be the same ..
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yes u need mostly 9's and like a few 8's
(they don’t differentiate between 8s and 9s)
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Oxford consider 9 and 8 to be the same ..
well i mean i spoke to them and our school litrally told us so im preety sure they do
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My understanding is that Oxbridge does in fact value GCSEs more than most unis. If you think about the people applying, they're often getting like A*A*A* (or more) or 45 on IB, etc., so their application judgement then branches out to other measures. Even if they only require like a 7 for Maths & English GCSE, if the only distinguishing factor between you and another candidate is that they got 9s then they probably have a better chance. Oxford also likes to see things like wider reading though, since you need to read an enormous amount there. They might also consider EPQ, work experience, charity, sports, etc. Also worth noting Oxford has a strong interview process and even students with perfect scores sometimes do not have the problem solving, social, etc. skills to pass.

I'm Australian and only joined the UK for A-Levels so I'm not super intimate with your GCSE system, but idk if you might be able to retake them alongside A Levels/IB? I sat my Maths & English GCSEs alongside A Levels in Y13 (this year) just to help my UCAS applications.
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well i mean i spoke to them and our school litrally told us so im preety sure they do
Pretty sure that they do what? Who is "them"?
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