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I heard somewhere that getting on to a prestigious maths course is about as difficult as getting onto a medicine course, which was somewhat worrying for me, since people doing medicine tend to have essentially 10 or more A*s at GCSE.My GCSEs aren't completely terrible, but I think they are much lower than the average for people I am competing with if I want to stand a chance at these kind of universities. I also took a very small number of GCSEs, I believe.I want to do maths at a top university like Oxford, Cambridge or Imperial College but I'm very concerned at the moment due to my sub-standard performance during GCSEs. I got 5 A*s in double science, maths, economics and Chinese as a 2nd language, but I don't think Chinese as a 2nd language really counts because it is much easier than taking Chinese as a native language. Besides, my nationality is Chinese, so I think that works against me.I only got As in English language, English literature and Art. I'm not sure how much less competitive I would be without an A* in a subject as fundamental as English language.I don't have a good reason to explain these bad GCSE results, in fact I did kind of average compared to the rest of my school and the main reason I did so poorly is due to laziness and a lack of care at the time. I am working much harder at the moment on my AS results, but I'm still unsure whether a strong set of AS results can fully compensate for my weak GCSE grades.
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Sorry for the block of text, I tried to format it and paragraph it, but for some reason this website doesn't make the changes go through.
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(Original post by BigBadWoofWoof)
Sorry for the block of text, I tried to format it and paragraph it, but for some reason this website doesn't make the changes go through.
It varies so in a nutshell no one really knows the answer particularly because their admission policy is not transparent (so they can reserve the right to let people through the back door).

if you do not get in because your maths is not good, you did not deserve to get in
if you do not get in because of some irrelevant GCSEs, dust yourself and say its their loss
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