I performed rather badly at GCSE. Is it still worth applying to Oxford?
We will draw heavily on quantitative and objective measures in order to select applicants for interview, and one of these measures will be performance at GCSE (or equivalent). In general terms, if you have a relatively weaker set of GCSE grades, you may be able to offset it to some extent with an excellent performance in the BMAT.
If you feel that you may not perform to the best of your ability because of extenuating circumstances that may have impact on your performance, please explain this on your application form. It would be helpful if your academic referee could also mention these circumstances. All applications are screened for such extenuating circumstances.