i don't think gcse's are that important. From my school, none of the top 5 or 6 GCSE performers got into Oxbridge and neither did the 3 of us that got straight A's for a-level. The person that did get a place for law had a mix of b's c's and a few a* fo GCSE. In the end he didn't get 3 A's either but got the aab he needed for his offer
Oh c'mon off it, Tek. B's are okay, even for a Medic at GCSE. There is no point getting wound up about those exams- far better you have A's at A level/AS level, a great interview technique, and you know your subject, do well on the tests and so on. GCSES mean next to nothing - I've personally got straight A's, and if I really want to panic, I can get into mode on that, I'm well rounded, not concentrated in one area. GCSES mean jack, they're looking at legislation to scrap them because candidates *do* breeze through them half the time, and they're also going to scrap AS, and work on A levels. The system is so screwed- Cambridge or Oxford would know if they had a good interviewed candidate with a B, and a poor with an A*, to take the interviewed.
GCSE grades mean pretty much nothing. It's about AS levels, and A's that you can panic.
Horror stories now? We're all highly competitive about grades, and firm on Oxbridge- or we wouldn't be haunting this forum. I don't particularly want to know about the non-interviews for my straight A's, and I doubt anyone else does. There may be people who didn't get interview this year without GCSE grades, but there are equal numbers of stories of people who don't get the grades, but the interview. It's too late now to do anything about the GCSES, far better not to worry about them, and concentrate on the AS/A levels.
yep! Thats what her college said (Brasenose)
the 8A* one was applying for deffered tho.
yeh it means applying for next year. well thats what their official feedback said! we were so shocked - both been doing weekly work experience for the plast 2 years, straight A's AS etc etc, shocking not to even get an interview.