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I have poor GCSE's (A*A the rest are B's) and poor A-levels (teacher assessed grades from 2020 BBD).

I wanted to go and 'fix' my grades but even if I get 3 A* in the summer they will now be considered resits even though I have never sat an A-level exam before. As for my GCSE's I know that resitting them would probably be an exercise in futility. My chances have been completely ruined.

I never really had an interest in academics, until rather recently, and just prior to my GCSE's I had something going on which got exponentially worse and affected my A-level mocks which decided my A-level grades. However, I have no evidence of this. There's nothing that I can do to get into Oxford is there?

Now before you all say that Oxford isn't the be-all and end-all be warned; I am deluded. All jokes aside, if I were to go to a different university I would just feel as though I had failed myself and my family for the duration of my degree and it would not be good for me at all. What am I meant to do? Forget about my aspirations and go and work in Mcdonalds? Because that's where I am heading. I am probably asking in vain but, is there anything that I can do at all? Anything.
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I have poor GCSE's (A*A the rest are B's) and poor A-levels (teacher assessed grades from 2020 BBD).

I wanted to go try and 'fix' my grades but even if I get 3 A* in the summer they will now be considered resits even though I have never sat an A-level exam before. As for my GCSE's I know that resitting them would probably be an exercise in futility. My chances have been completely ruined.

I never really had an interest in academics, until rather recently, and just prior to my GCSE's I had something going on which got exponentially worse and affected my A-level mocks which decided my A-level grades. However, I have no evidence of this. There's nothing that I can do to get into Oxford is there?

Now before you all say that Oxford isn't the be-all and end-all be warned; I am deluded. All jokes aside, if I were to go to a different university I would just feel as though I had failed myself and my family for the duration of my degree and it would not be good for me at all. What am I meant to do? Forget about my aspirations and go and work in Mcdonalds? Because that's where I am heading. I am probably asking in vain but, is there anything that I can do at all? Anything.
Okay. Let’s ignore all the grades stuff. The purpose of a degree is to help you get into a job/career. Oxford/Cambridge are actually not the best unis for certain courses. For example I’m a vet student and Cambridge is (in many ways/in my opinion) one of the worst unis for vet med. what career do you want to do?

Surely it’s better to get a degree and get into a good career than give up and waste your life away in a job you will not be happy with (in your case that appears to be macdonalds)
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Okay. Let’s ignore all the grades stuff. The purpose of a degree is to help you get into a job/career. Oxford/Cambridge are actually not the best unis for certain courses. For example I’m a vet student and Cambridge is (in many ways/in my opinion) one of the worst unis for vet med. what career do you want to do?

Surely it’s better to get a degree and get into a good career than give up and waste your life away in a job you will not be happy with (in your case that appears to be macdonalds)
I wanted to do some form of history and/or politics at university with a postgraduate law conversion. I used to be quite against the idea of going to university without the need for a degree, I still am really. However, I cannot just live with my family for the rest of my life and if I were to live by myself stuck somewhere I didn't want to be, in truth, I'd fall apart.
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I wanted to do some form of history and/or politics at university with a postgraduate law conversion. I used to be quite against the idea of going to university without the need for a degree, I still am really. However, I cannot just live with my family for the rest of my life and if I were to live by myself stuck somewhere I didn't want to be, in truth, I'd fall apart.
Okay well that’s a decent degree and you can get a career out of that. I’d really recommend brainstorming for a career first. You can figure this out at uni. For example my friend is doing English literature and then she’s going to do her masters and will go into archiving (hopefully at the national archives). She didn’t know she wanted to do this until uni so there are options.

If your goal is to get away from your parents but not live apart then uni is a good option.

I’d recommend taking some time to research some other excellent universities and taking virtual tours and maybe start moving your expectations/mindset away from Oxford and then start thinking about applying.
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Setting your heart on going to Oxford a whole six months after you first decided that you liked academics, without having any idea what you are capable of when you try, is rather setting yourself up to fail. But no, it's not impossible. Do you think every mature student who gets in got perfect A levels aged 18 and is accepted on the basis of them?

First things first. Go get 3 A*s in the summer(possibly summer 2023 given that it's already January). Write yourself a personal statement explaining exactly what happened - facts, not excuses for why it wasn't your fault. Oxford like people who really, really want to be there and to learn - it is actually much easier to present yourself that way when you are someone who messed up and has turned things around than when you've followed the same standard path through school to university as everyone else.

What are you meant to do? You're meant to try. If you'd rather think up excuses for why it isn't worth trying, that's on you.
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Setting your heart on going to Oxford a whole six months after you first decided that you liked academics, without having any idea what you are capable of when you try, is rather setting yourself up to fail. But no, it's not impossible. Do you think every mature student who gets in got perfect A levels aged 18 and is accepted on the basis of them?

First things first. Go get 3 A*s in the summer(possibly summer 2023 given that it's already January). Write yourself a personal statement explaining exactly what happened - facts, not excuses for why it wasn't your fault. Oxford like people who really, really want to be there and to learn - it is actually much easier to present yourself that way when you are someone who messed up and has turned things around than when you've followed the same standard path through school to university as everyone else.

What are you meant to do? You're meant to try. If you'd rather think up excuses for why it isn't worth trying, that's on you.
I am sitting exams this summer but, I hear that they look down on resits and an Oxford student has told me that some colleges won't even look at your application if you don't have 8A* or more.
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I have poor GCSE's (A*A the rest are B's) and poor A-levels (teacher assessed grades from 2020 BBD).

I wanted to go try and 'fix' my grades but even if I get 3 A* in the summer they will now be considered resits even though I have never sat an A-level exam before. As for my GCSE's I know that resitting them would probably be an exercise in futility. My chances have been completely ruined.

I never really had an interest in academics, until rather recently, and just prior to my GCSE's I had something going on which got exponentially worse and affected my A-level mocks which decided my A-level grades. However, I have no evidence of this. There's nothing that I can do to get into Oxford is there?

Now before you all say that Oxford isn't the be-all and end-all be warned; I am deluded. All jokes aside, if I were to go to a different university I would just feel as though I had failed myself and my family for the duration of my degree and it would not be good for me at all. What am I meant to do? Forget about my aspirations and go and work in Mcdonalds? Because that's where I am heading. I am probably asking in vain but, is there anything that I can do at all? Anything.
One of my cousin is obsessed with oxford
She has 3 A* at clg and a mixtures of 9s and 8s in her gcses
She applied for law got rejected post interview
She is now doing law in some uni in london
She said she is aiming to do her post grad at oxford
So maybe that could be an option for u
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I have poor GCSE's (A*A the rest are B's) and poor A-levels (teacher assessed grades from 2020 BBD).

I wanted to go try and 'fix' my grades but even if I get 3 A* in the summer they will now be considered resits even though I have never sat an A-level exam before. As for my GCSE's I know that resitting them would probably be an exercise in futility. My chances have been completely ruined.

I never really had an interest in academics, until rather recently, and just prior to my GCSE's I had something going on which got exponentially worse and affected my A-level mocks which decided my A-level grades. However, I have no evidence of this. There's nothing that I can do to get into Oxford is there?

Now before you all say that Oxford isn't the be-all and end-all be warned; I am deluded. All jokes aside, if I were to go to a different university I would just feel as though I had failed myself and my family for the duration of my degree and it would not be good for me at all. What am I meant to do? Forget about my aspirations and go and work in Mcdonalds? Because that's where I am heading. I am probably asking in vain but, is there anything that I can do at all? Anything.
If your heart is set on Oxford, you could consider doing an undergraduate degree at another univeristy, perform well and then aim to study at Oxford for postgrad?

Why would you be failing yourself/your family for going to a uni that is not Oxford after only just gaining an "interest" in academics? Considering your current grades it is, as you say, going to be almost impossible to get in for undergrad.
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If your heart is set on Oxford, you could consider doing an undergraduate degree at another univeristy, perform well and then aim to study at Oxford for postgrad?

Why would you be failing yourself/your family for going to a uni that is not Oxford after only just gaining an "interest" in academics? Considering your current grades it is, as you say, going to be almost impossible to get in for undergrad.
Because I was once a promising student and I've just wasted it all.
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I hear that they look down on resits and an Oxford student has told me that some colleges won't even look at your application if you don't have 8A* or more.
If you'd rather believe urban myths and hearsay than Oxford's own website, then sure, it's impossible for you to get in.

Or you could go here and see what the actual requirements are:
https://www.history.ox.ac.uk/qualifi...y-requirements
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Because I was once a promising student and I've just wasted it all.
Well you should have thought about that from year 10 through to year 13. There's no point mulling over the past.

What's done is done now, so focus on the future.


Here's what I would do:
- Resit your exams and get the best grades you possibly can
- Apply to Oxford alongside other good universities
- If you don't get into Oxford, attend one of the other good unis and perform extremely well in those 3 years
- Apply for postgrad at Oxford + Cambridge


^ This is a genuine route you can take to get into Oxford. If you keep feeling sorry for yourself and don't change then you actually will waste all your potential. In 4 or 5 years you could be at your dream institution, look at that as the end goal and make every effort to acheive it - I guarantee you will be successful.
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If you'd rather believe urban myths and hearsay than Oxford's own website, then sure, it's impossible for you to get in.

Or you could go here and see what the actual requirements are:
https://www.history.ox.ac.uk/qualifi...y-requirements
I think I will just have to try and find out that way.
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This goes deeper than academia, your self-worth isn't reliant on your grades.
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This goes deeper than academia, your self-worth isn't reliant on your grades.
It really is. This life a competition and I'm behind.
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I am sitting exams this summer but, I hear that they look down on resits and an Oxford student has told me that some colleges won't even look at your application if you don't have 8A* or more.
Cambridge, OTOH, largely ignore GCSEs.
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Well you should have thought about that from year 10 through to year 13. There's no point mulling over the past.

What's done is done now, so focus on the future.


Here's what I would do:
- Resit your exams and get the best grades you possibly can
- Apply to Oxford alongside other good universities
- If you don't get into Oxford, attend one of the other good unis and perform extremely well in those 3 years
- Apply for postgrad at Oxford + Cambridge


^ This is a genuine route you can take to get into Oxford. If you keep feeling sorry for yourself and don't change then you actually will waste all your potential. In 4 or 5 years you could be at your dream institution, look at that as the end goal and make every effort to acheive it - I guarantee you will be successful.
That is what I am currently doing but I think that undergrad is next to impossible. Nevertheless, I'm putting in 15 hour days over the next week and seeing how it goes.
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It really is. This life a competition and I'm behind.
Still not dependant on grades. My dad got an E in business and a U in IT and now literally runs an IT business. Grades are not the most important thing in life. I worked so hard to get really high grades and it nearly killed me. I stopped worrying so much and I’m enjoying my life so much more
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It really is. This life a competition and I'm behind.
This isn't american psycho lmfao...there is more to you and your existence merely than qualifications?? which doesn't even dictate guaranteed success???
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This isn't american psycho lmfao...there is more to you and your existence merely than qualifications?? which doesn't even dictate guaranteed success???
Yeah, funny...
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Oof why was he banned??
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