Are my GCSE's good enough for Cambridge?

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    (Original post by loveire&song)
    You never know whether you'll get an offer or not! I applied to Oxford with 6 A*s at GCSE, AAAB at AS level, and a prediction of A*A*A* at A level (which I later acheived) and AA at AS level (I took two extra AS levels in year 13) and was rejected! I know people who applied with a lot "worse" grades who got offers. They're looking for a lot more than just your grades!

    At the end of the day, you get 5 different applications on your UCAS form. If you don't use one of those applying to Cambridge, you'll always end up wondering "what if I had applied and...?". Just don't get too hung up on the result - there are more than two universities in the UK. I didn't get into Oxford, and I love the university I ended up at and the degree I am on

    Summary: You definitely won't get a place if you don't apply!

    Good luck x
    Ok thanks, and wow, your results are amazing. And what do you mean by 5 different applications of UCAS form? I'm sorry, but I know next to nothing about these lol.
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    Ok thanks, and wow, your results are amazing. And what do you mean by 5 different applications of UCAS form? I'm sorry, but I know next to nothing about these lol.
    Thank you very much!

    And also, you get to apply to five different courses (unless you're applying to medicine, then it's slightly different). So for mine, I applied for Physics (MPhys) at Oxford, Durham, Exeter, Lancaster and York. I was pretty sure I'd get offers from Durham, Exeter, Lancaster and York , so I didn't mind using the fifth one to apply to Oxford It didn't matter that I probably wouldn't get a place because I knew I'd end up with at least three other offers, so it was worth taking the gamble.
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    (Original post by loveire&song)
    Thank you very much!

    And also, you get to apply to five different courses (unless you're applying to medicine, then it's slightly different). So for mine, I applied for Physics (MPhys) at Oxford, Durham, Exeter, Lancaster and York. I was pretty sure I'd get offers from Durham, Exeter, Lancaster and York , so I didn't mind using the fifth one to apply to Oxford It didn't matter that I probably wouldn't get a place because I knew I'd end up with at least three other offers, so it was worth taking the gamble.
    Ah, I understand, thank you for explaining.
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    (Original post by AnonymousEric)
    How can I get any AS levels, if I'm not doing any exams in year 12?
    You will have to rely on a very good performance in Y12 and getting good predicted grades for your A-levels. That might get you an interview, and then the interview together with the Cambridge Law Test may get you an offer.
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    (Original post by jneill)
    You will have to rely on a very good performance in Y12 and getting good predicted grades for your A-levels. That might get you an interview, and then the interview together with the Cambridge Law Test may get you an offer.
    Thank you, you've been very helpful.
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    Realistically no: not because Cambridge particularly care about GCSEs, but because the sort of individual that populate its Law course (and indeed, that of virtually any Russell Group Magic Circle clearing-house) would not achieve below A* in History, English Language or English Literature—essentially, subjects which reward elementary analytical and rhetorical flair—unless they were suffering from acute head trauma at the time of the relevant exam.

    Of course, I should hope that the above salvo of derision only cements your resolve to prove me wrong.
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    (Original post by Profesh)
    Realistically no: not because Cambridge particularly care about GCSEs, but because the sort of individual that populate its Law course (and indeed, that of virtually any Russell Group Magic Circle clearing-house) would not achieve below A* in History, English Language or English Literature—essentially, subjects which reward elementary analytical and rhetorical flair—unless they were suffering from acute head trauma at the time of the relevant exam.

    Of course, I should hope that the above salvo of derision only cements your resolve to prove me wrong.
    You would be correct, Sir, in that assumption aha. And yeah, I understand; I messed up in all History, Lit and Lang exams, close to A* in all, not 3, 4 or 5 in them, so not enough for a remark. Although in fairness, I could use the argument that I was in the bottom set for English at my school, where the teacher only catered to the needs of C/D grade students.
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    You made a good choice by choosing to study the subjects which you did well in at GCSE, as when looking at your GCSEs they will care more about what you got in your most relevant subjects. However you said you are targeted ABB, however you will need to get AAA at AS to be competitive AND will need to be predicted at least A*AA. It's not impossible, I know of people who have gotten into Cambridge (and Oxford, believe it or not) who have gotten in with 3 or less A*s, and even no A*s. It's not about being good at everything, it's about being amazing in the specific subject you want to study.

    Saying that, you want to apply to Law. With these kind of competitive courses like Law and Medicine, being good at everything is kind of important, whereas in something like Physics they would only care about how good you are at physics and maths. Therefore I'm not sure you would be a strong applicant. Are you sure you want to do Law? Have you considered other courses based on your A-Level subjects e.g. History, English, Philosophy, or Theology? Law has 5 apps per place while Theology only has 2 and History has only 3.
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    (Original post by ♥Samantha♥)
    You made a good choice by choosing to study the subjects which you did well in at GCSE, as when looking at your GCSEs they will care more about what you got in your most relevant subjects. However you said you are targeted ABB, however you will need to get AAA at AS to be competitive AND will need to be predicted at least A*AA. It's not impossible, I know of people who have gotten into Cambridge (and Oxford, believe it or not) who have gotten in with 3 or less A*s, and even no A*s. It's not about being good at everything, it's about being amazing in the specific subject you want to study.

    Saying that, you want to apply to Law. With these kind of competitive courses like Law and Medicine, being good at everything is kind of important, whereas in something like Physics they would only care about how good you are at physics and maths. Therefore I'm not sure you would be a strong applicant. Are you sure you want to do Law? Have you considered other courses based on your A-Level subjects e.g. History, English, Philosophy, or Theology? Law has 5 apps per place while Theology only has 2 and History has only 3.
    Yeah, I've objectively chosen Law, that won't change, it's practically the only thing I have an interest in and want to do. And yeah, I agree with you, I'm not a particularly strong applicant. Thanks for your input. And as for my current targets, honestly they are irrelevant, I was targeted and predicyed C/D for every single one of my GCSE's, and I still have two years until the exams. I'm currently regularly achieving B grades in the essays I'm doing, and given time, I'm sure I can improve upon this.
 
 
 
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