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Is it possible/worth it to apply at oxford for med with A* A* A ? the A being in chem and A* in bio and maths...I have also been doing lots of super curricular activities and am aiming for high UCAT score
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Original post by srija08
Is it possible/worth it to apply at oxford for med with A* A* A ? the A being in chem and A* in bio and maths...I have also been doing lots of super curricular activities and am aiming for high UCAT score


Since they only require A*AA there's no reason not to. However note that Oxford do not shortlist on predicted grades - they only shortlist on contextualised GCSEs and UCAT score. Pre-covid at least the applicants to Oxford had on average more than 10 A* equivalent grades at GCSE, and you realistically need to be on par for this to be competitive - you should have all A* (8/9) grades at GCSE realistically, as well as a very strong UCAT score.

If you don't have as strong GCSEs I'd suggest looking at less GCSE heavy medical schools (e.g. UCL, Imperial, Cambridge).
Original post by srija08
Is it possible/worth it to apply at oxford for med with A* A* A ? the A being in chem and A* in bio and maths...I have also been doing lots of super curricular activities and am aiming for high UCAT score

What were your GCSEs and UCAT score?
Original post by srija08
Is it possible/worth it to apply at oxford for med with A* A* A ? the A being in chem and A* in bio and maths...I have also been doing lots of super curricular activities and am aiming for high UCAT score
As an Oxford student with quite a lot of friends doing medicine - It is deffo worth it! I know someone who got in with AAAB on results day even though that meant they missed their offer, and 3/4 people on my course in my college also missed their offer! So there is leniency. That being said, applying with less than 3 A*s, despite being above their grade requirement does unfortunately make a difference.
Some things to consider is whether you could talk to your chemistry teacher and see if there is anyway at all you can increase that grade, maybe explaining that even if you didnt get an A* in the actual A level, you wouldn't miss any offers but you would greatly increase your chances of getting an interview. Ofc this depends on circumstances, but they might be open to this perspective if they find out it could make the difference to open up an amazing opportunity. I would also consider the college you apply too- I think some will be harsher than others depending on how oversubscribed they are (maybe go for a modern one, chances are you will get pooled somewhere else anyway at interview as most people are).
Overall, definitely worth a go, it is very possible, and I think once you get to interview A levels don't matter as much anyway, so it's just about getting over that first hurdle. However, as I'm sure you already will just ensure the rest of your application is as strong as possible to keep your chances high!
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Original post by gilmoregirl04
As an Oxford student with quite a lot of friends doing medicine - It is deffo worth it! I know someone who got in with AAAB on results day even though that meant they missed their offer, and 3/4 people on my course in my college also missed their offer! So there is leniency. That being said, applying with less than 3 A*s, despite being above their grade requirement does unfortunately make a difference.
Some things to consider is whether you could talk to your chemistry teacher and see if there is anyway at all you can increase that grade, maybe explaining that even if you didnt get an A* in the actual A level, you wouldn't miss any offers but you would greatly increase your chances of getting an interview. Ofc this depends on circumstances, but they might be open to this perspective if they find out it could make the difference to open up an amazing opportunity. I would also consider the college you apply too- I think some will be harsher than others depending on how oversubscribed they are (maybe go for a modern one, chances are you will get pooled somewhere else anyway at interview as most people are).
Overall, definitely worth a go, it is very possible, and I think once you get to interview A levels don't matter as much anyway, so it's just about getting over that first hurdle. However, as I'm sure you already will just ensure the rest of your application is as strong as possible to keep your chances high!

Oxford have previously stated they do not even look at predicted A level grades for medicine. They shortlist using GCSEs and UCAT (previously BMAT), so A*A*A* predicted would be of no benefit. Offers will be A*AA

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