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I’m looking to apply for medicine come October but I’m still unsure about my options. I would really love to apply for Oxford, however I’m not sure if my GCSE grades are good enough.

I’m predicted 3A*s at a-level (bio,chem and psych) and have 999999877 at GCSE, which is only a 77% proportion of A*s.

How likely would it be that those grades are good enough for an interview? Other students at my school do 8 GCSEs and on average receive grade 4/5s. However, my POLAR-4 quintile is still quite high.

I know lower end GCSE grades can be compensated by a good BMAT score, but I’m still not sure whether it would just be a waste to apply.
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I would recommend avoiding Oxford as the average applicant has 10.6 A*s (8s and 9s) but for the best advice please ask here:

https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=6679038
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(Original post by SyedN)
I would recommend avoiding Oxford as the average applicant has 10.6 A*s (8s and 9s) but for the best advice please ask here:

https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=6679038
The average applicant does not have 10.6 A*s, because it is not possible to have three-fifths of a GCSE...
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(Original post by Reality Check)
The average applicant does not have 10.6 A*s, because it is not possible to have three-fifths of a GCSE...
Sorry, guess I should have made it a bit clearer and said mean GCSEs. I would also like to correct the number I have said above, it is a mean average of 10.2 A*s for a medicine applicant to Oxford and a mean average of 10.8 A*s for an offer holder.
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As above you are going to be below average immediately, and there are only two factors Oxford medicine conside on shortlisting candidates for interview which are GCSEs and the BMAT score. Although it's a bit harder to gauge how they may be viewed contextually I think realistically if you're looking to maximise your odds of getting offers from your medicine choices Oxford (and other GCSE heavy medical schools) is probably not a good choice.

There are plenty of medical schools that don't put as much emphasis on GCSEs you can target instead. For medicine given the aim is to qualify as a doctor rather than get into this or that medical school (since all will get you to that end point) I think it's best to be practical and focus on the medical schools you have the best profile for (which in your case would probably be those that emphasise A-level predicted grades more than GCSEs) to give yourself the best chance of achieving your aim.
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