I’m a year 12 who’s thinking of applying for Biochemistry at Oxford next year as I want to work in research and development, however, I’m worried that my GCSE grades won’t be that competitive (whilst I am happy with them). I got 8A*s 4As and a B, however 3/4 of my As were in Physics, Computer Science and Numeracy. Will this matter? I got A*s in Biology, Chemistry and Maths but I’m just worried that they’d want A*s in all STEM subjects.
Also, I’m a student in Wales - here, we do AS level exams at the end of year 12 and get our AS grades then. I saw on Oxford’s admissions shortlisting page that they will take into consideration “any AS grades/marks available”. Would me working hard towards achieving strong AS marks overshadow my GCSEs? What kind of AS marks should I be aiming for?