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    I have heard that they require you to have A*'s and A's at GCSE's.

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    It's not a requirement & use the search function.
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    They like you to have some A* and A at GCSE. They do not require you to have all A* and A at GCSE (with the exception of medicine, which nobody has a snowball's chance in hell of getting an offer for unless their application is exceptional, to be honest) although it's better to have as many A* and A as you can manage. I am pretty sure there will be someone on TSR who got an Ox or Cam offer with those exact GCSE scores; it's all about the UMS at AS, the performance at interview and the performance on entry papers.

    If English is your second language and this caused you significant problems with education (were you learning English from scratch while also doing your GCSEs, for example?) you may also be eligible for the CSAS, which would help with grades even more
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    Your GCSE's are fine.
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    (Original post by kerily)
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    They like you to have some A* and A at GCSE. They do not require you to have all A* and A at GCSE (with the exception of medicine, which nobody has a snowball's chance in hell of getting an offer for unless their application is exceptional, to be honest) although it's better to have as many A* and A as you can manage. I am pretty sure there will be someone on TSR who got an Ox or Cam offer with those exact GCSE scores; it's all about the UMS at AS, the performance at interview and the performance on entry papers.

    If English is your second language and this caused you significant problems with education (were you learning English from scratch while also doing your GCSEs, for example?) you may also be eligible for the CSAS, which would help with grades even more
    I couldn't agree more. I've seen people without any A*'s at GCSE with offers; there's much more to the admissions process than GCSE grades! Please will the OP do at the very least some research before even considering Oxford or Cambridge.
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    sooooooooooooooooo depressing that english isn't your first language and your GCSE results are better than mine :blush: serious rep to you
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    (Original post by kerily)
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    They like you to have some A* and A at GCSE. They do not require you to have all A* and A at GCSE (with the exception of medicine, which nobody has a snowball's chance in hell of getting an offer for unless their application is exceptional, to be honest) although it's better to have as many A* and A as you can manage. I am pretty sure there will be someone on TSR who got an Ox or Cam offer with those exact GCSE scores; it's all about the UMS at AS, the performance at interview and the performance on entry papers.

    If English is your second language and this caused you significant problems with education (were you learning English from scratch while also doing your GCSEs, for example?) you may also be eligible for the CSAS, which would help with grades even more

    No, I didn't learn English from scratch so I'm guessing it didn't hinder my education significantly; the difference in the education system was quite a big change for me too.
    I'm hoping to study the exact same course you're doing by the way. And you're results are by far the best I've seen well done! With competition like you, I'm getting quite worried.
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    No, I didn't learn English from scratch so I'm guessing it didn't hinder my education significantly; the difference in the education system was quite a big change for me too.
    In that case, I doubt you'd have a case for the CSAS. But it's worth asking your referee to mention the difficulties you experienced in your reference, because it might mean that they see you a bit more leniently.

    I'm hoping to study the exact same course you're doing by the way. And you're results are by far the best I've seen well done! With competition like you, I'm getting quite worried.
    Thankyou But don't worry about my GCSE grades/etc; I realise I have millions of A*, but to be honest, they're only interested in your mathematical ability (and thus UMS scores/interview performance) with maths. Someone with an A* in history at GCSE applying for maths doesn't really have an advantage compared to someone with a B in history at GCSE applying for maths. While it's obviously best to perform as well as you can, don't be intimidated by other applicants - only people with scores they aren't ashamed of put them in their signatures, so you don't see all the oodles of people who didn't get a lot of A* or whatever.
 
 
 

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