Hello everyone, I’m thinking of applying to Oxford next year on my gap year for law (specifically Law with French Law), and I was wondering what my chances are of gaining acceptance.
Some background: I’m predicted 3 A*s at A-level, achieved A* in EPQ (about the death penalty, so it’s law-related), good personal statement and teacher references, and I did quite well in the LNAT this year and would be aiming slightly higher (around 30) next year.
My main and quite frankly terrible worry are my GCSE grades. I got my GCSEs in 2020 so of course my grades had to be predicted by my teachers, and I ended up getting 2 As, 6 Bs, and 3 Cs, which I am obviously well aware is much lower than the average successful Oxford candidate. Some context - I moved schools mid-way through Year 10 which meant that I had to switch to different exam boards, as well as switching from learning through Welsh to English which proved to be a struggle, particularly in the sciences and maths, which were my lower grades. I must also mention that I gained my GCSEs from quite a well performing private school, which probably won’t reflect too well on me either, considering that my grades are lower than average for my school at GCSE.
To make my application a little more competitive, I will be taking A-level French during my gap year, as well as an additional two GCSEs, which I’m fairly certain I will do quite well in (as long as I actually get to sit the exams!).
So I guess my question is, considering all of this, and assuming that I do achieve my predicted A-level grades as well the additional A-level and GCSEs during my gap year, would I still stand a decent chance at getting an offer from Oxford, despite my GCSE grades, and would they take into account the circumstances around my GCSEs? Or do you think that my grades will significantly impact my application? I appreciate you taking the time to read this and hopefully someone can provide an answer or some advice!