What grades to you potential oxbridge ppl have?

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But it takes the point out of learning. Instead of being able to spend time to fully understand each subject, which would be a lot more useful in the long run, since it would make A-Level easier and University entry easier, all that happens is that you spend two year's exam cramming and really you've understood fully little of what you've done. There's no point, why not spend time relaxing and having fun than constantly working, which is what 13 GCSEs must be. Unless you're a genius, then you're forgiven
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But it takes the point out of learning. Instead of being able to spend time to fully understand each subject, which would be a lot more useful in the long run, since it would make A-Level easier and University entry easier, all that happens is that you spend two year's exam cramming and really you've understood fully little of what you've done. There's no point, why not spend time relaxing and having fun than constantly working, which is what 13 GCSEs must be. Unless you're a genius, then you're forgiven
I am doing 11, and I think that it would be possible to do 12/13 if you really wnated, though I personally wouldn't, though I know some people who would love to do more.
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(Original post by theone)
But it takes the point out of learning. Instead of being able to spend time to fully understand each subject, which would be a lot more useful in the long run, since it would make A-Level easier and University entry easier, all that happens is that you spend two year's exam cramming and really you've understood fully little of what you've done. There's no point, why not spend time relaxing and having fun than constantly working, which is what 13 GCSEs must be. Unless you're a genius, then you're forgiven
Sparkly would have had to have understood the subjects pretty well to get all those As and A*s.
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Although it gives you a broader education (and looks impressive) surely those candidates will find A-Levels harder, because of the step up will be greater than if they were a bit more 'specialist'.
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Sparkly would have had to have understood the subjects pretty well to get all those As and A*s.
At the sacrifice of what though?
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Although it gives you a broader education (and looks impressive) surely those candidates will find A-Levels harder, because of the step up will be greater than if they were a bit more 'specialist'.
Most A* grade people would still make the time and have the ability to look at what they want to do for A-level in more detail though.

I do appreciate that most people want to do stuff other than work, which is why most people don't do 13 GCSEs.
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last year someone from my school with 11 A* and 5 A's at A level got rejected by cam so i think a lot must go on the interview. it seems that every1 applying there has such similar grades that they dont really count for anything. ive applied to do natsci and have 10 A* 2 A's at GCSE, 4 A at AS (including 100% in 10 modules) but im still pretty scared bout whether i'll get in cos i have no idea what to expect in the interview.
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(Original post by devilschild)
last year someone from my school with 11 A* and 5 A's at A level got rejected by cam so i think a lot must go on the interview. it seems that every1 applying there has such similar grades that they dont really count for anything. ive applied to do natsci and have 10 A* 2 A's at GCSE, 4 A at AS (including 100% in 10 modules) but im still pretty scared bout whether i'll get in cos i have no idea what to expect in the interview.
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I have waited a while to say this, but personally I feel that this thread is pointless. Having applied to Cambridge, I am happy to go through the process without worrying about the relative importances of results, references and interview. I believe that you are only suitable for Cambridge if you get in - this requires a certain amount of trust on the behalf of the applicants that the system works. It is frustrating to read in papers about Oxbridge being criticized for rejecting straight A* applicants. Many believe that Oxbridge entry is an art - a combination of several factors apart from results - but I think interviewers can see beyond images of potential, and judging from the people who have graduated from Oxbridge the procedure seems to be faultless.

Just my two pence worth.
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(Original post by jigar)
I have waited a while to say this, but personally I feel that this thread is pointless. Having applied to Cambridge, I am happy to go through the process without worrying about the relative importances of results, references and interview. I believe that you are only suitable for Cambridge if you get in - this requires a certain amount of trust on the behalf of the applicants that the system works. It is frustrating to read in papers about Oxbridge being criticized for rejecting straight A* applicants. Many believe that Oxbridge entry is an art - a combination of several factors apart from results - but I think interviewers can see beyond images of potential, and judging from the people who have graduated from Oxbridge the procedure seems to be faultless.

Just my two pence worth.

*still wonders if he'll ever find someone with better GCSE results*
ideally that would be great but its not
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ideally that would be great but its not
OK, my views may seem idealistic, but I just don't see the point in having these debates when it will make absolutely no difference, for this year's applicants at least. As I said, it does require a certain amount of trust on the behalf of the applicants, which ostensibly is not present.
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OK, my views may seem idealistic, but I just don't see the point in having these debates when it will make absolutely no difference, for this year's applicants at least. As I said, it does require a certain amount of trust on the behalf of the applicants, which ostensibly is not present.
Your probably right but then what if some one learnt something new or got advise on this debate that turned out influenctial in the m gettin a place hmm
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(Original post by jigar)

*still wonders if he'll ever find someone with better GCSE results*
You are an arrogant t**t.

For your information, someone at my school also got 12 A*s, and I know someone with 13 A*s. So there.
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You are an arrogant t**t.

For your information, someone at my school also got 12 A*s, and I know someone with 13 A*s. So there.
Thanks for that, but my original statement still applies. How can you judge from one (perhaps misplaced) statement that I am arrogant? Even if I was arrogant (which I strongly deny), why do you find it your purpose to accuse me?
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thanks for that, but my original statement still applies.
And you're still an arogant t**t.
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thanks for that, but my original statement still applies.
What grades did you get then infinity stars....
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What grades did you get then infinity stars....
I bet this dude goes to some public school like Eton where the average is 11*
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My mate Sumon passed his Maths A-Level with grade A in year 10. He currently has a further 6 As at AS-Level. He's cashed in his As in History and Electronics, and taken up the Further Maths A-Level this year. He's applied to do Medicine at Peterhouse, Cambridge. Be as arrogant as you want, there's always someone better.
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Be as arrogant as you want, there's always someone better.
And here I am. Ta-da!

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No, actually, I don't go to a public school like Eton. In fact, during my year the average was probably about half A's and half B's. Look, I regret making that comment, but I also think you should stop making generalizations.
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