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AABB in AS, possible for Oxbridge?

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star2013 Thu 13-Aug-15 15:18:41

Dd got AABB in her AS result today. School's predicted grade are A*AA for the best three subjects. Dd desires to go for Oxbridge. Is it possible?

MrsHathaway Thu 13-Aug-15 15:26:53

Well done her!

What subject does she want to read? Very popular subjects like medicine or law can afford to reject anyone without straight As. She has probably missed all the open days so needs to get on the phone in the next few days to see what's available before the form needs to be submitted in October.

Best of luck.

JeanneDeMontbaston Thu 13-Aug-15 15:30:59

No harm applying.

They'll be busy today, but the admissions office would be able to help her figure it out.

Tel:+44 (0)1223 333308
Fax:+44 (0)1223 746868

JeanneDeMontbaston Thu 13-Aug-15 15:31:41

grin Showing my bias and posting too fast.

Oxford here:

ThroughThickAndThin01 Thu 13-Aug-15 15:44:38

Flipping heck those Oxford term dates are short-they're never there.

star2013 Thu 13-Aug-15 15:48:38

Thank you so much for your support MrsHathaway**. Dd is very upset now. sad She wants to apply humanity course, not many students are interest in it.

star2013 Thu 13-Aug-15 15:52:05

ThroughThick sorry, I don't get it.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Thu 13-Aug-15 15:55:18

Sorry OP I derailed a bit I clicked on Jeannes Oxford link, the Michaelmas term starts on 11th October and ends on 5th December, a very short term, as are the following two. All those fees for so little time!

star2013 Thu 13-Aug-15 15:56:00

Thanks Jeanne! We saw that basic requirement is AAA in Oxford. So not sure how much chance to have an interview with just AABB in AS.

JeanneDeMontbaston Thu 13-Aug-15 16:07:17

Well, so, email and ask them. This is AS not A Level, and her predicted grades are good, right?

through - yeah, but it's an intense 8 weeks, with no reading week like you have elsewhere.

MrsHathaway Thu 13-Aug-15 16:36:50

Long holidays also means long holidays, which is useful if you need to work to earn money.

NarrativeArc Thu 13-Aug-15 17:12:27

What GCSE grades did she get OP?

star2013 Thu 13-Aug-15 17:23:01

NarrativeArc no, dd didn't take GCSE. The only reference is her school grades.

IceBeing Thu 13-Aug-15 17:23:09

Its possible for sure - but it might be a tough sell. If the school is not so good or your area flags up as one which doesn't send many people to university or she has some interesting points in her statement then she could be classed as showing excellent potential and invited to interview.

With those grades she will certainly get in somewhere so using up a slot on oxbridge will do no harm! Go for it is my advice but getting some input from people who read UCAS statements and do admissions is a good idea too...PM if you are interested (NB. I don't vet for oxbridge and I do STEM subjects)

star2013 Thu 13-Aug-15 17:31:39

Just knew that dd has attained the highest rank in one of the subjects... so the predicted grades should be A*A*A. However, the B she got today is still an obvious barrier. And we heard that Oxford does weigh a lot on GCSE results which she doesn't have. Is it true?

Kez100 Thu 13-Aug-15 17:36:44

It might also depend on what subjects she is doing at A level.

star2013 Thu 13-Aug-15 18:22:16

Kez, she is doing a mixture of humanities and science.

LIZS Thu 13-Aug-15 18:34:39

Specifically ?

MrsHathaway Thu 13-Aug-15 18:43:45

Yes, more detail is needed in what she's got, what she's carrying on with, and what she wants to do. Because, with the greatest respect, Media Studies and Human Biology don't get you on to Engineering courses.

scatterthenuns Thu 13-Aug-15 19:22:35

My cousin just got interviewed with AABB at AS for English at Oxford. He didn't get in mind, but they let him in the door rather than rejecting him outright. He had outstanding GCSE results though.

Kez100 Thu 13-Aug-15 19:46:57

At another high ranking Uni (but not Oxford) a mate of mines son got an interview with aabb but all of them were facilitating subjects.

He, also, did not get an offer.

ChinaBird Thu 13-Aug-15 19:58:33

All those fees for so little time!

I don't think my DS has ever had an 8 week term (going into 4th year at Oxford). The teaching weeks are numbered 1 - 8, but there is also 0th week (preparing for term, chilling) and 9th week ( exams / balls / chilling ) and 10th week (multitudinous strange goings on). I think they have to be there for weeks 1-8, plus exams, but a lot of other stuff happens either side.

One thing you really, really don't need to worry about an Oxbridge degree is whether they are getting their money's worth wink

AABB might be worth a shot (it's just one space on her form) especially if she has any extenuating circumstances or goes to a less than great school. Definitely try Oxford rather than Cambridge as Cambridge set more score on AS levels.

star2013 Fri 14-Aug-15 01:16:13

ChinaBird Dd school has five students accepted by Oxbridge this year. I don't know if it counts as great. I think we may try Oxford even without GCSE backup. No extenuating circumstance. Extracurricular activities maybe?

LIZS Fri 14-Aug-15 09:04:26

You do need the support of the school. Have you had a discussion with them yet? They write a reference which can recommend, or not, and the personal statement is important. At dc school the Oxbridge candidates have been nurtured over several years including trips to colleges, encouraging urge to taster courses and seminars. Not sure if it is too late to attend those for 2016 entry now. The culture doesn't suit everyone.

star2013 Fri 14-Aug-15 13:11:43

LIZS Dd's referee at school encouraged her to pursuit Oxford. Dd has also made a visit in their open day and got to know most of the colleges. Has just sent an email to the teacher for substantiate advice on PS.

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