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Hiya - my turn for worrying. I've heard Cambridge doesn't like GCSE at grade C. I wanna apply for NatSci or Med, probably Med - it wouldn't matter, would it, my C? It's in German. And I don't have Maths A2 - I'm taking maths AS in college come september, just so I can apply for cam. I got B in GCSE maths. Would that matter? Cus I wouldn't have a maths grade to show em before applying etc! And in all honesty I was estatic about my B because I thought I had failed. So here - I'm rubbish at maths but if I take it it'll have to be an A for it to be any use for me. The only A I'm confident I'll get is my Art A-Level - my teacher has already mentioned he expects A or B from me at A2 Art and I haven't even started - problem though is Cam doesn't like art! Well?
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I've spoken to a few admissions tutors who state that GCSE results are a better predictor of success at Uni than AS results - so I guess they reallly do matter.
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(Original post by Nikki J S)
I've spoken to a few admissions tutors who state that GCSE results are a better predictor of success at Uni than AS results - so I guess they reallly do matter.
But AS levels show how you're doing now, not a year or so ago. :confused:
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But AS levels show how you're doing now, not a year or so ago. :confused:

I'm only stating what three admissions tutors have told me.
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(Original post by Nikki J S)
I'm only stating what three admissions tutors have told me.
I know.
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hi do ur gcses cont that much to get into unis

how bout someone with 9 a- a* (mandatory subjects plus french, history drama) and 1 b (art) would that count even if i was going for medicine or classic archeology and ancient history

God im really scared about taking art - should i be?
People like you really make me want to grab your head and shove it up our ass! Your obviously one of the brainiest people I've ever heard of, no one in my school got all A/A*s, yet you worry because you got a B??? I didn't get any B's though...although I didn't get any As or A*s either, so maybe a bit of resentment on my side, but seriously; people like you worrying about what uni's will think of your amazing results make me with my 6Cs and 3Ds poo myself about what they'll think of me!!!
So, when you're worrying, just think: at least im not bcr8iv!
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(Original post by SiAnY)
I know.

I think it's because GCSE's are supposed to test yor ability to apply your understanding of subjects, whilst A levels just test how well you can regurgitate facts - or at least that's what I've been told.
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People like you really make me want to grab your head and shove it up our ass! Your obviously one of the brainiest people I've ever heard of, no one in my school got all A/A*s, yet you worry because you got a B??? I didn't get any B's though...although I didn't get any As or A*s either, so maybe a bit of resentment on my side, but seriously; people like you worrying about what uni's will think of your amazing results make me with my 6Cs and 3Ds poo myself about what they'll think of me!!!
I could be wrong, but I understood that Amrou is currently going into year 10, so hasn't actually done his GCSEs yet (and is already obsessing about his results. Please relax; if you are this wound up now you won't even survive to apply to uni!)
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OMG, you guys are geniuses! i got 4 B's and 4 C's at GCSE, and i want to go into medicine.........i guess im doomed.......cn any1 give me advice?
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(Original post by Nikki J S)
I think it's because GCSE's are supposed to test yor ability to apply your understanding of subjects, whilst A levels just test how well you can regurgitate facts - or at least that's what I've been told.
I disagree, i think GCSE shows more your attitude and willingness to study.
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OMG, you guys are geniuses! i got 4 B's and 4 C's at GCSE, and i want to go into medicine.........i guess im doomed.......cn any1 give me advice?
do your a levels, then take a year out to gain some experience (apply after getting A2 results)
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Please remove that from your above post. It's complete nonsense.
what? if he/she gets 4 A alevels, then gsces wont matter (he has passed all of them at grade C or above)
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Please remove that from your above post. It's complete nonsense.
sorry, i hoped everyone would realise that i meant: of course gcses are important, but a levels are more so
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You're still talking nonsense...
I agree. Good GCSEs show continued dedication to study. Would you offer a place to an applicant who had AAAA at A2 and Cs and Bs at GCSE, or AAAA at A2 and A*s and As at GCSE. I know which one I'd choose!
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A-Levels are obviously more important, but why on earth ddi you say GCSE's won't matter? you know full well they do, certainly.
sorry im talking nonsense (im quite tired) - it made sense when i thought it though
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(Original post by Quiksilver)
do your a levels, then take a year out to gain some experience (apply after getting A2 results)



nooo yr outs for me mate. im going to get AAA(b) thats the requirement, but i want to knw if even though i get those grades my GCSE's will affect my carreer
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I agree. Good GCSEs show continued dedication to study. Would you offer a place to an applicant who had AAAA at A2 and Cs and Bs at GCSE, or AAAA at A2 and A*s and As at GCSE. I know which one I'd choose!
Well I'd be more impressed with the person with Cs and Bs at GCSE and 4 As at A-level. It shows willingness to change ones attitude towards work - many people arn't ready for the stress of exams and thining about the future at 14-16 but once come to A-level are prepared to work harder.

Although I'd agree that an AT would probably favour the A* student I know a number of students similar to the first case who have got places at top 5 universities. I don't think that GCSEs show 'continued dedication to study' compared to A-levels as A-levels are modular so you can't just laze around in the first year, as many GCSE students do. (I know I was one of them )
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Well I'd be more impressed with the person with Cs and Bs at GCSE and 4 As at A-level. It shows willingness to change ones attitude towards work - many people arn't ready for the stress of exams and thining about the future at 14-16 but once come to A-level are prepared to work harder.

Although I'd agree that an AT would probably favour the A* student I know a number of students similar to the first case who have got places at top 5 universities. I don't think that GCSEs show 'continued dedication to study' compared to A-levels as A-levels are modular so you can't just laze around in the first year, as many GCSE students do. (I know I was one of them )

I totaly agree with u!!!!
I'm one of those as well . I didnt do well in my GCSEs (got Bs and Cs) but I worked so damn hard for my A-levels and came out with 4As, which was enough to convince UCL, YORK and BRISTOL, that I deserve to study economics&maths at those unis, which are by the way in the top 10!
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i got 4 Bs and 4 Cs at GCSE (maths- c, english-c, science- bb) and im sure i can get AAA(b) for A levels. will my GCSEs affect my future career?
( i plan on going onto medicine in either imperial or UCL or another uni) :cool:
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I totaly agree with u!!!!
I'm one of those as well . I didnt do well in my GCSEs (got Bs and Cs) but I worked so damn hard for my A-levels and came out with 4As, which was enough to convince UCL, YORK and BRISTOL, that I deserve to study economics&maths at those unis, which are by the way in the top 10!
Are you serious?

That is amazing..... You actually brightened up my day because I only got 4 x A's, 5 x B's, C, D....and I want to study Law at the top unis...I am predicted 4 X A's at A-levels.

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