I am very keen and hopeful to get into medicine at Oxford, but am not sure if I will be able to make it to the interview stage
GCSE grades: nine 9s, however about 30/180 other students in my school got the same results, and I have heard that the golden number of A*s at GCSE for oxfod is 10, and that Oxford weigh GCSEs very highly along with the BMAT. Is it worth doing another GCSE whilst in year 12 to increase my chances of a spot?
A-levels: Chemistry, biology, psychology. ALICE grades of A*AA, but realistically I think I could achieve A*A*A. Will doing psychology A-level instead of triple sciences damage my chances of getting in (other than the BMAT. I cant tell as in 2022 about 12% of applicants only did chemistry and only one other science whereas about 8% got in.
I have planned to enter an essay competition, however it is run by the university of Cambridge, which is Oxford's rival, will this damage my chances of getting in by making it look like I am confused as to where I want to apply?
Other parts of my application is that I am a part of St. John ambulance, have done a MOOC on dementia, run medsoc club at school, am about to start volunteering at a care home, hospital and football matches (as a first aider), and have work experience in a surgical unit (didn't see any surgery tho) and am entering another medical related competition. My EPQ was on a neurodegenarative disease so is medical related.
Also, do you have any recommendations to strengthen my application (other than reading books and olympiads) and make me stand out
I am quite average in terms of my school, all the students are very academic and many apply for Oxbridge, but only about 1 or 2 get accepted for medicine per year, and those who do often say it is for widening participation reasons which I do not qualify for (selective state-school)
Realistically, do I stand a chance?