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    This had had me worried for a while, looking at the stalker pages seeing everyone had 5A* minimum. I've changed a lot since GCSE, and my Alevel grades are looking much better. So my main question is even if I get the best grades in my Alevels (Maths Further Maths Chemistry Physics) are my GCSES holding me back?
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    Well I've heard that Oxford take GCSE grades into consideration so that probably will put you at a disadvantage; but Cambridge care a lot more about your UMS in your modules and much less about your GCSEs. Therefore, seeing as you didn't obtain any A*s, aim to achieve high UMS in your modules for your subjects.

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    (Original post by The Assassin)
    Well I've heard that Oxford take GCSE grades into consideration so that probably will put you at a disadvantage; but Cambridge care a lot more about your UMS in your modules and much less about your GCSEs. Therefore, seeing as you didn't obtain any A*s, aim to achieve high UMS in your modules for your subjects.

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    I only just started year 12 but I have average 85 UMS in Maths because I did AS maths with my GCSEs I'm trying to get A* this year so will Cambridge look at the UMS in it if its already achieved grade when applying? Of course I'll try in my ASs I haven't done yet
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    You can't get an A* at AS. You'd have more of a chance at cambridge and I've heard that they take further maths modules and maths modules as one subject when calculating UMS so if you try to do really well in further maths you could bump up your maths average (I think the poster I read this from was applying for economics so not sure if this would be the same if you were applying for maths for example).
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    (Original post by x__justmyluck)
    You can't get an A* at AS. You'd have more of a chance at cambridge and I've heard that they take further maths modules and maths modules as one subject when calculating UMS so if you try to do really well in further maths you could bump up your maths average (I think the poster I read this from was applying for economics so not sure if this would be the same if you were applying for maths for example).
    Yes this is true, I can switch around modules so I can get the modules I did better in for maths, but I still want a good balance so I get the best grade I can in both, because I will be given an offer with FM as it will be maths related

    EDIT: Also I meant I didn't get any A* at gcse, and I can get A* in Maths this year because I'm doing A2 early
 
 
 
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