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When I was doing GCSEs, every teacher screamed that 'these will be the most important exams of your life. They will stay with you forever so don't **** up.' I did reasonably well in GCSEs and then as soon as we got onto A levels the teachers said 'Oh well, GCSEs were really just a stepping stone onto A levels, they're not that important in hindsight...but A levels are the most important exa-' well, you can guess what they said. So now I'm thinking...do A level's actually matter if you get onto an undergraduate degree? And then does the undergraduate degree matter if you get a masters? and does the masters matter if you get a PHd??
Also hypothetically, if you got a good BA, MA and a PHd, would you even bother putting what you got for GCSE/A level on your resume? Like, would there be any point?
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I presume not - Like the teacher said; they're all bout letting you get to the next stage. If you became a Dr. In Biological Engineering nobody will give two cents that you got a C in GCSE Biology ygm? But teachers make it out to be HUGE so that you don't fail and have the choice to choose what you want to do.
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They matter as far as competing with other candidates go.
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I don't mention my secondary education now that I have a masters, so no.
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Well I think it's important to remember that your pHd will be in just one subject area, whereas your GCSEs and A Levels show that you have also accomplished, to a certain level, a variety of other skills too within different subjects. As well as that, they are a good indicator that you have been a committed person throughout your whole academic career, which I would say is important to recognise rather than someone who didn't really give a damn about their studies until they got to university level.

I would say definitely mention your GCSEs and A levels on your CV just to show the skills and qualification you have acquired, but I wouldn't put an overwhelming focus on them
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Not in the slightest for GCSEs. Employers shouldn't give 2 jots about what you did 7+ years ago, but I have noticed that a few jobs do require a certain number of ucas points in application.
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Nobody looks at GCSEs. Even the heads of department in my own school have told me that they couldn't care less about GCSE, and they often don't even look at A-Levels, only your University achievements. This is to be expected, of course, because GCSEs are a memory test, not one of intelligence, and anyone who cares enough could easily get A*s in every subject. At A-Level you need to actually understand what you're being taught, which is better.
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Your A2 probably is of some, minor importance, but your degree, whatever it is, will likely hold a far greater significance to most employers
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