Hi all - intl student here.
I'm a student taking a gap year, and just received my A-level grades: 2A* (Law, Econ), A (English Lit) and B (Maths). I'm having the Lit and Math papers remarked, but in all probability, they'll not do much anyway - I don't fancy my chances with a remark (CIE board is notoriously absurd in grading) despite being predicted 3A* 1A.
GCSE - 6A* 2A (As in Maths, and a foreign language). My school didn't allow more than 8 GCSEs due to timetable issues. Intl student, so no contextualisation of these grades; most that I can do is tell the referee to mention these were pretty good results for my school.
Anyhow, I'm not complaining in the slightest since many friends got way worse - but I do want to ask; is Oxford or Cambridge more viable in this situation (Law)? I know;
1. Oxford places more emphasis on GCSEs than Cambridge, but perhaps with achieved grades, this would be less of an issue? I know they focus more on GCSEs due to them being the last exams taken before applying in most cases.
2. Oxford interviews fewer ppl by whittling down before interview - however, with Cambridge now introducing the LNAT pre-interview, perhaps this will mean they both now interview roughly equal amounts?
3. Cambridge has higher entry conditions. I know I've met the conditions for both (2A* 1A when A*AA needed for Cam, AAA for Ox) but somehow I feel that my A levels might hold me back more applying to Cam than Ox - and yet ironically my GCSEs might hold me back more at Ox than Cam. I've heard the old "Better A levels? Go to Cam. Better GCSEs go to Ox" but in this case I'm not sure whether its my A levels or GCSEs which are better XD
Sorry for the really long post, I just need some guidance and help. If it makes any difference, Oxford is about 4 grand cheaper for intls - but honestly with fees already so high at both, if Cambridge really is the "safer" shot, it would be worth it. And I know neither is "safe", but I'm sure you get what I mean.
Btw - I applied to Cam this year, got pooled, rejected. Feedback: great CLT exam, good first interview, meh 2nd interview and overall competition was just too high for me to get in with the 2nd interview being "eh". That said, I'm keen to get a shot in front of the interviewers (since I'm a weak candidate on paper) which is why Cam was an easy choice in 2021 - just unsure whether Cam will still be easier to get an interview with since they added the pre-interview LNAT.
Thanks in advance for any help and advice!