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Is there a point applying to Oxbridge if you only meet the minimum requirements?

Honestly, is there a point? For example most stem courses at Cambridge you need A*A*A. Is there a point applying with these predicted and all the other supercurriculars etc if you don’t have higher predicteds, since there will be so many people applying with predicted A*A*A* or more? I know there’s always a chance and you don’t lose much by trying but still what are your actual chances of success?
depends on the course.. somewhere on their website one of the cambridge colleges says that people applying with achieved grades will normally need one grade better than the min to be seen as competitive (ie A*A*A humanities or A*A*A* stem) but i know that for oxford ppe the grades are basically a tick-box do you have it or not

i think cambs values a level grades more but if you meet the reqs and you want to do the course, you may as well just go for it - you have 4 other choices!!
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Original post by jamsparkle
depends on the course.. somewhere on their website one of the cambridge colleges says that people applying with achieved grades will normally need one grade better than the min to be seen as competitive (ie A*A*A humanities or A*A*A* stem) but i know that for oxford ppe the grades are basically a tick-box do you have it or not
i think cambs values a level grades more but if you meet the reqs and you want to do the course, you may as well just go for it - you have 4 other choices!!

sadly I have chosen the ever so competitive course of Medicine 😂😭
I probably could get A*A*AA or A*A*AB, not sure about three A*s tho
I'd want to do natural sciences if medicine didn'r work out but then again they have the same requirements
You only need to meet the standard entry requirements to be considered. Thereafter they will consider all the information available.

Note that Cambridge medicine requires 3 STEM subjects at A-level (i.e. from biology/chemistry/maths/physics) including chemistry, unlike most other medical schools (which only require two).
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Original post by artful_lounger
You only need to meet the standard entry requirements to be considered. Thereafter they will consider all the information available.
Note that Cambridge medicine requires 3 STEM subjects at A-level (i.e. from biology/chemistry/maths/physics) including chemistry, unlike most other medical schools (which only require two).

Thanks, I have 4 stem subjects including chemistry. I think the rest of my application is strong, my school is below the average for grades but no other contextual flags. Clearly UCAT will have to go great. I'm just worried as I was always convince my exams would be the easiest part for me but the AS exams this year have been horrid.

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