Hi , I currently attend a very academic private school , where the most common GCSE grade last year was a 9 . I achieved only one 9 , three 8's and five 7's , (4a*s and 5a's) i attribute this to my poor work ethic as well as other factors , However ever since studying subjects i enjoy and an improvement in my work ethic my predicted grades etc have improved . I am aiming for 4a*s at a level in History , Politics , Economics and Spanish as well as an a* in my history EPQ . I understand that good GCSE results are crucial to getting into Oxford as for history , 50% of the initial decision is based on contextual GCSES for which mine are below average , the other 50% is based on the History Aptitude test . So what i want to know is are my odds good enough to justify doing the extra work required to get into Oxford based on the fact that i have poor GCSES . I assume that due to my GCSEs it does not make sense to apply and instead focus my time on other Universities.