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    (Original post by Scarlettplusnoir)
    I would check individual university's requirements for GCSE but from where I've been applying this year (admittedly for natsci not economics) they want a C as a minimum in English. Of course you're a year if not more off applying and they seem to be constantly changing what they want.
    I would wait to hear back from OCR on your Eng lit paper before getting worried about it though.
    Your results are really amazing though good luck next year
    Aah ok, thanks for your help, and thank you very much for your kind words!!
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    Hi,
    Is it possible for the grade given to be wrong? As in my Graphic Products GCSE (Edexcel) I got an A overall, which I'm content with, BUT: I got 95/100 on my Controlled Assessment, yet the grade listed was a B (I got an A* in the exam, hence the A overall). I thought this was a bit weird, as 95% is usually an A* and so I looked at this http://pastpapers.edexcel.com/conten...ndaries_v5.pdf (D&T: Graphic Products), which states that a mark of 92/100 or more is an A*, so I should have got one? I'm a bit annoyed as I worked so SO hard on it, which is why it bothers me, but don't know if I should pursue it - could it just have been a misprint, am I being stupid... I just don't know. Any advice would be appreciated!
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    (Original post by niamhelizabeth)
    Hi,
    Is it possible for the grade given to be wrong? As in my Graphic Products GCSE (Edexcel) I got an A overall, which I'm content with, BUT: I got 95/100 on my Controlled Assessment, yet the grade listed was a B (I got an A* in the exam, hence the A overall). I thought this was a bit weird, as 95% is usually an A* and so I looked at this http://pastpapers.edexcel.com/conten...ndaries_v5.pdf (D&T: Graphic Products), which states that a mark of 92/100 or more is an A*, so I should have got one? I'm a bit annoyed as I worked so SO hard on it, which is why it bothers me, but don't know if I should pursue it - could it just have been a misprint, am I being stupid... I just don't know. Any advice would be appreciated!
    What's the UMS listed as on your sheet for the CA? It could be that it's been moderated and the grade has gone down?

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    I don't have a UMS listed at all? It just says D&T: Graphic Products 1: mark95 gradeb and that is definitely the CA part, as the max mark in the exam is 80.
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    (Original post by niamhelizabeth)
    I don't have a UMS listed at all? It just says D&T: Graphic Products 1: mark95 gradeb and that is definitely the CA part, as the max mark in the exam is 80.
    Oh... Hm.. I'm not sure, sorry :L

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    I got 5A's and 3B's and I'm very disappointing as i hoped for A's in triple science which instead I got A,B,B(A in chemistry). I didn't revise thoroughly for the separate science units and our school did them in two months so I'm partly frustrated at my laziness. These are quiet mediocre grades compared to others and I fear that I've slimmed my chances at doing medicine at a Russel group university.
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    I got
    A
    A
    B
    B
    B
    C
    C
    C
    Pass

    Its quite a mixed bag really. Wish i'd gotten A* instead of C's.
    English grade was very unexpected. Go soo much lower than i thought i would get
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    Hi guys,
    So basically I was hoping to apply for medicine at Oxford University... But I don't know if I should after looking at my GCSE results..:/
    I got:
    Maths: A*
    Chemistry: A*
    Physics: A*
    Latin:A*
    Geography: A*
    ICT: A*
    English Lit: A
    English Lang: A
    French: A
    Art: A
    Biology: A

    Do you guys think that I can still apply for Oxford for medicine with those grades?
    I'm going to do Maths, Chemistry, Biology and Physics for A-level and am hoping to achieve A* in Maths (since I'm doing the whole of maths in one year) and AAA for the rest of the subjects.
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    No worries; people keep telling me that! :mad::mad:
    Anyways, if you got good grades and you got into the uni or college you want, that's an added bonus.

    I'm not an A Level student! I'm a GCSE student who has got into King Edward VI College, Nuneaton. It's gonna be awesome.

    Just remember, all the marks have been volatile. All of you know that.

    Bookworm John.

    P.S. Try listening to some easy listening music or Slow Jazz or Classical Music to help you to relax. I'd recommend either Debussy's Clair De Lune, Louis Armstrong's What A Wonderful World or Moonlight Serenade by Glenn Miller & His Orchestra
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    (Original post by usycool1)
    Thursday 21st August 2014 GCSE Results Day - Didn't do as well you hoped?

    GCSE Results Day is fast approaching and there will be a mixture of feelings on the day. We hope that all of you achieve the grades that you are hoping for but we do realise that, unfortunately, there will be some who may be slightly disappointed. If you end up in that position, the first thing to realise is that all is not lost. There are still several options available for you. This thread will aim to give you an insight into those options, with the intention of then allowing you to make an informed decision of what to do next.

    If your query is not answered in this post or you have any further questions, please feel free to make a post in this thread. To get the attention of the mods looking after these threads, just copy and paste the following into your post:






    If you wish to have a general chat about GCSE Results Day, please visit the GCSE Results Day 2014 Chat thread. When the exam boards release them, grade boundaries will be posted on the Grade Boundaries thread. On results day, if you are considering retaking papers or getting some of your papers remarked, you may wish to have a look at the Retakes and Remarks thread.

    Good luck for results day!

    I didn't score at least a C grade in English/Maths! What do I do?
    Achieving at least a grade C in GCSE English and GCSE Maths is very important. Most degree courses at university and many jobs have a minimum requirement of a C grade in these subjects. If, however, you've not achieved this, don't panic - there are ways to rectify this.

    If you are planning on continuing on to Further Education (A-Levels, IB, other lever 3 qualifications etc.) then you should try to contact your desired Sixth Form/College as soon as possible. It may be the case that your Sixth Form/College will allow you to retake these exams alongside studying for your next set of qualifications. Some institutions may also offer additional classes to help you prepare for retaking these GCSEs.

    If you do not intend to continue to Further Education or your Sixth Form/College does not offer this, you should speak to your English/Maths teacher to see if they have any advice for you. You may well be allowed to retake these GCSEs at your previous school or at another institution. It is strongly recommended that you have a subject teacher/tutor to help you in preparation for your retake, though.

    Another option that may be worth considering is to get a remark. Remarks are discussed in more detail on the GCSE Retake and Remark thread (click the orange link above).


    I didn't meet the grade requirements to study at my chosen Sixth Form/College
    If you are in this position, the first thing you should do is try to contact your desired Sixth Form/College. It is still possible that they will let you in even if you have not achieved the required grades. If they do, congratulations! If not, read on - there are still plenty of options:

    - You could consider retaking the whole year in order to achieve the necessary grades required to study at your desired Sixth Form/College. You will, however, need to contact your Sixth Form/College to make sure that they will accept your retake grades.

    - If you feel that your grade on a paper does not reflect how well you think you performed on it, one option for you is to get a remark for that paper. It is very important for you to let your Sixth Form/College know that you're getting a paper remarked though as the result for the remark may come after enrolment day.

    - You could search for another Sixth Form or College which has lower entry requirements. You'll need to contact this institution to check to see if they still have places available for you. Your current school's career advisor will be able to provide you with guidance in regards to this.

    - You could consider alternative options to Further Education if you feel that this is not for you. There is more information regarding this below.


    I missed the grade that I needed in order to continue studying a particular subject
    To continue studying a particular subject at a higher level (A-Level, IB etc.) most subject departments ask for at least a grade B in that subject at GCSE. If you didn't meet this requirement, the first thing you need to consider is why you were unable to do so.

    If it was due to a lack of understanding of the content or because you didn't have enough passion for the subject, then you may wish to reconsider your options. It's not untrue when people say that A-Levels (or other level 3 qualifications) are quite a step up from GCSE. As a result, it may be in your best interests to reconsider studying that subject, as life could become very hard for you at Sixth Form/College.

    If you feel that there were other, outside factors that meant that you were unable to perform as well as you should have, you should try speaking to the department head. You will need try you best to convince them to let you continue with the subject and, unfortunately, there is no guarantee that they will let you. If they are unwilling to take you on, you could consider studying the subjects as a private candidate or at a separate Sixth Form. Bear in mind though that studying as a private candidate will not be easy - you may have to self teach yourself the subject (which is not easy, and could have impact upon your other subjects) and it will be expensive.


    I don't think my grades are good enough for Oxbridge/Medicine/Dentistry/Veterinary

    Oxbridge
    Oxford place a much larger emphasis on GCSE grades than Cambridge (where the UMS average at AS plays a greater role). Although there are no specific GCSE requirements for Oxford (or at Cambridge), successful applicants tend to have a string of A* grades at GCSE.

    You may wish to post in the following threads to seek advice on applying to Oxford and Cambridge:

    "Are my grades good enough for Oxford?"
    "Are my grades good enough for Cambridge?"

    Medicine/Dentistry/Veterinary
    A common misconception amongst Medicine/Dentistry/Veterinary Medicine applicants is that you need at least 8A*s at GCSE in order to stand a chance in securing a place. It is important to realise that this is not the case for almost all universities offering these courses. If your GCSEs aren't as strong as you think they could be, you can still get into Medicine/Dentistry/Veterinary but when the time comes, you will need to apply smartly.

    You may wish to have a look at the following links (please note that it is important that you also check with Universities before applying, as some of the information may go out of date when you apply):

    Medical School GCSE Requirements
    Dentistry Entry Requirements (including GCSE requirements)
    Veterinary Medicine Entrance Requirements for 2014



    I don't want to go into further education.
    After reflecting upon your GCSE grades, it may be the case that you no longer want to go into Further Education. If so, you could:

    - Seek to pursue a vocational course instead. See here for more information: http://www.cityandguilds.com/qualifi...ceships#fil=uk

    - Go straight into work. If so, have a look at our Careers and Employment forum: http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/forumdisplay.php?f=8

    - Take up an apprenticeship. Have a look at our Apprenticeships forum: http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/forumdisplay.php?f=516

    I think I've already posted on this thread but i haven't had any help I'm really concerned whether my grades are good enough or not for Law at Oxford, UCL, KCL or Birmingham. I got 7As and 5Bs. Please help!
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    I am in year 10 going into year 11 and i took my GCSE french early, i had been getting B's throughout the whole year(controlled assessments) and i took higher, i was really positive when i went into the exam and when i came out as i found the reading and listening quiet easy well at least not as hard as i thought, when i got my results i got a big F!!! And i was like how did that happen? It said i had an E's in my controlled assessments etc and then said i got a U in both reading and listening!, when the mark scheme was realised i looked at it to find that they had put a U were it was not actually a U!! I am really upset and appealing to the school to see if it is a mistake and to ask what is happening?? Luckily i am only in year 10 but it has really put me down. Is it possible that these are not my results and someone's else and that they r mixed up because it happened to me last year with my science, and it doesn't make sense for the school to put me in if they didn't think i was ready. It is hard for my parents to believe as i am predicted A's -a*'s in all my subjects apart from french which was a B.
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    A* B B B C C C C (was predicted A in history but got a C despite my coursework being A* , ocr are trying to tell me i got an E on the germany paper ?!?!?! Thats getting re-marked anyway)
    I didnt really bother with GCSE because of being lazy and so on. Is it still possible to get on a half decent law/ law with german course at uni? I'm going to absolutely work my arse off during my A-levels. ( maths , history, psychology,german)
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    How long does it take for your new marks from a remark to come back? My school is contacting the exam board on Monday (OCR) to get it remarked, so when do you reckon it'll be back?
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    (Original post by iamabbie97)
    How long does it take for your new marks from a remark to come back? My school is contacting the exam board on Monday (OCR) to get it remarked, so when do you reckon it'll be back?


    Posted from TSR Mobile any chance you are getting history re-marked?
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    Do I stand a chance of getting into medicine? I got:
    Maths: A*
    English Lang: B
    English Lit: C
    Biology: A
    Chemistry: B
    Physics: A
    History: B
    Geography: B
    RE: B
    Statistics: B
    French: C
    Further Maths: A (Level 2 Certificate) not sure if it counts?
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    (Original post by supergeek2411)
    Posted from TSR Mobile any chance you are getting history re-marked?
    No geography, I did OCR history and got 3 A*s, which was absolutely a shock because I had the most appalling teacher. But I was 2 UMS off an A* in geography
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    (Original post by iamabbie97)
    No geography, I did OCR history and got 3 A*s, which was absolutely a shock because I had the most appalling teacher. But I was 2 UMS off an A* in geography


    Posted from TSR Mobile omg well done!! I got A* C and E in history ?!?! I was predicted an A at history since i always had A/B in mocks without doing much revision but i ended up with an overall C, (E in the germany paper) about 8 people in my class got E/D in the germany paper but A's in the other 2 units , i've seen people on TSR having 2 A*'s and an F on one unit, is there a chance OCR might have ****ed up?
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    (Original post by supergeek2411)
    Posted from TSR Mobile omg well done!! I got A* C and E in history ?!?! I was predicted an A at history since i always had A/B in mocks without doing much revision but i ended up with an overall C, (E in the germany paper) about 8 people in my class got E/D in the germany paper but A's in the other 2 units , i've seen people on TSR having 2 A*'s and an F on one unit, is there a chance OCR might have ****ed up?
    Thank you! I was predicted a C, in every subject, but didn't get any Cs haha! Woah! Yeah about 10 people in my class got D/E on the British Society paper, I think OCR must have! I know a lot of people who got like an A* in the courswork, a B in Germany and then like a U and I thought it was really weird!
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    I got a D for maths. Do you guys think I'd be able to manage for A levels along with resit maths. (I barely remember anything from edexcel maths and my new school does OCR math) For A levels, I'm doing English Lit, History, Politics & philosophy. Any advice would help. Please and thanks!


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    (Original post by iamabbie97)
    Thank you! I was predicted a C, in every subject, but didn't get any Cs haha! Woah! Yeah about 10 people in my class got D/E on the British Society paper, I think OCR must have! I know a lot of people who got like an A* in the courswork, a B in Germany and then like a U and I thought it was really weird!
    One of my two history teachers is an examiner marker! I dont think he was marking everyones mocks wrong! Yeah I was so pissed off and confused since i did better in english and even science than history! Do you know when the mark schemes come out?

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