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    I only have 7 full GCSE subjects: English lang and lit, core and add. science, maths, geography and spanish. I have 2 short courses, but I don't think think unis will care so much. And finally, 2 btecs: DiDA ICT and BTEC Hospitality and Catering.

    Will Universities be reluctant to pick me because I only have 7? Most people here have 9-12... I was so ignorant back then and it didn't even say if it was a BTEC on the options sheet...
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    Well, you have two Btecs that will be looked at along with those 7 Gcses. They're not even that important really. It depends on what you do after your Gcses.
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    My sister only has 7 GCSE's and she's in her 3rd year at university now.
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    I doubt it will affect you at all. You chose your options three years before you think of going to uni so they shouldn't care too much...

    What grades did you get?
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    GCSE's hardly matter at all, most universities barely look at them. A-Levels are the important ones.
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    The vast, vast majority of Scottish people do 8 Standard Grades (equivalent to GCSE) so you'll probably be fine. On another note, how do people have time to do 10+ GCSE's in one year? :confused:
    You must get next to no teaching time, as I only got 3-4 hours a week for my Standard Grades.
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    If your A Levels are good, I don't think it'll matter much in the long term. They're not going to reject you just because of that, even if it isn't ideal.

    (Original post by davidmarsh01)
    On another note, how do people have time to do 10+ GCSE's in one year? :confused:
    You must get next to no teaching time, as I only got 3-4 hours a week for my Standard Grades.
    I did 13 GCSEs. Some of the courses felt a bit rushed, but it wasn't too bad really.
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    (Original post by davidmarsh01)
    The vast, vast majority of Scottish people do 8 Standard Grades (equivalent to GCSE) so you'll probably be fine. On another note, how do people have time to do 10+ GCSE's in one year? :confused:
    You must get next to no teaching time, as I only got 3-4 hours a week for my Standard Grades.
    i had to stay late at college a couple nights a week to do 12. wasn't too awful though.

    what people don't always realise is how easy it is to 'bulk up' GCSE numbers by entering students for what turns out to be '2 of the same subject'- my little sis has just started year 10 and hopes to leave with 14 GCSEs, but once you note that she's doing maths+statistics, triple-not-double-sciences and double-award ICT, etc.... she'll effectively leave high school no better educated than someone with 9 or 10 excellent GCSEs in totally different subjects.

    hope that clears things up for you a lil' bit
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    (Original post by davidmarsh01)
    The vast, vast majority of Scottish people do 8 Standard Grades (equivalent to GCSE) so you'll probably be fine. On another note, how do people have time to do 10+ GCSE's in one year? :confused:
    You must get next to no teaching time, as I only got 3-4 hours a week for my Standard Grades.
    You do it in two years; I have twelve GCSEs in eleven different subjects.
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    (Original post by ily_em)
    I doubt it will affect you at all. You chose your options three years before you think of going to uni so they shouldn't care too much...

    What grades did you get?
    I'm still in year 11, but I thought I might as well ask now since it keeps bugging me. But hopefully I'll achieve at least a B on those 7 subjects.



    (Original post by Jackso)
    GCSE's hardly matter at all, most universities barely look at them. A-Levels are the important ones.
    But don't some universities look at your GCSE results as well? Or is that only the top ones?
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    (Original post by InadequateJusticex)
    But don't some universities look at your GCSE results as well? Or is that only the top ones?
    Only the top 10 really care about GCSE's, so unless your subject requires a specific GCSE (B/C in English, for example) it doesn't really matter.
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    If you go on the course search on the UCAS website the universities state whether you need a minimum grade in any of your GCSE's. The most common one is at least a grade C in English so as long as you have that then you'll be fine.

    Also BTEC's are accepted by pretty much all universities.
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    I don't think it should be an issue. It MIGHT affect an application for Medicine or Oxbridge/Imperial - basically any courses which are so competitive that they'd be pedantic enough to care about something like the number of GCSEs but even this can be overridden by an otherwise excellent application, so just focus on getting the best grades now and don't worry about something as minor as this.
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    BTEC? I don't think universities accept those. Not universities of a very high standard anyway.
    You'd be lucky to get in with 10 good GCSEs anyway.
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    For the majority of courses, it won't make too much difference.
    Most that do care are only bothered that you have a C or above in English language and maths.
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    Your A Level grades will be much more important than your GCSEs.
 
 
 
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