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    Hi,

    I have both a B in English Language GCSE and band 8.5 in academic IELTS because I need for my student visa anyway. Which one would universities use? Is it ok if I applied to a university that requires an A in English GCSE since my IELTS score is very high? Or would they only look at my GCSE grade?
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    (Original post by MA1998)
    Hi,

    I have both a B in English Language GCSE and band 8.5 in academic IELTS because I need for my student visa anyway. Which one would universities use? Is it ok if I applied to a university that requires an A in English GCSE since my IELTS score is very high? Or would they only look at my GCSE grade?
    You would need to check with the uni for a definitive answer. However, if they have specified an A at GCSE that's an unusually high requirement, so they're likely to be very fussy.
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    (Original post by Juno)
    You would need to check with the uni for a definitive answer. However, if they have specified an A at GCSE that's an unusually high requirement, so they're likely to be very fussy.

    Thank you

    I contacted Bristol and East Anglia and they both said that they would not consider the IELTS as a substitute for an English Language GCSE if I have done the GCSE.
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    (Original post by MA1998)
    Thank you

    I contacted Bristol and East Anglia and they both said that they would not consider the IELTS as a substitute for an English Language GCSE if I have done the GCSE.
    But do they actually ask for an A in GCSE English?

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    (Original post by jneill)
    But do they actually ask for an A in GCSE English?

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    Yes, for medicine.
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    (Original post by MA1998)
    Yes, for medicine.
    Ah. Well seems strange they don't accept a very good IELTS score over the less good GCSE. But if two different universities are saying the same thing then that's probably that I'm afraid.

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    (Original post by jneill)
    Ah. Well seems strange they don't accept a very good IELTS score over the less good GCSE. But if two different universities are saying the same thing then that's probably that I'm afraid.

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    Well, I will just choose universities that are fine with a B in GCSE English. I don't even know why I thought of applying to Bristol and UEA.
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    (Original post by jneill)
    Ah. Well seems strange they don't accept a very good IELTS score over the less good GCSE. But if two different universities are saying the same thing then that's probably that I'm afraid.

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    It's probably so that people don't keep trying different qualifications until they find a style of question that they can do. Also, English GCSE is already for people who speak English, so the questions can be more analytical and discuss things like metaphors and similes. IELTS is for people who speak other languages, so is more like our Fremch GCSE - more about how to say things and learning vocabulary, like how to go to the post office.
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    (Original post by Juno)
    It's probably so that people don't keep trying different qualifications until they find a style of question that they can do. Also, English GCSE is already for people who speak English, so the questions can be more analytical and discuss things like metaphors and similes. IELTS is for people who speak other languages, so is more like our Fremch GCSE - more about how to say things and learning vocabulary, like how to go to the post office.
    Yes but if they hadn't sat the GCSE their IELTS score was more than high enough.

    But I get the point of trying multiple types of qualification.

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