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    I decided to sit my IGCSEs in one year after being out of education for a while and as I'm so far behind I just decided to do them in a year instead of wasting two years on them.

    I started in November and have til May to revise and get my grades up. Predicted grades are A, A, A, B, B, C, C. This was with two weeks work so I'm sure I can get most up to at least a B.

    My question is, for uni etc. how much will my grades matter? I was a straight A*/A student all through school and my lower grades now are only due to me having to learn two years work in a year.

    Will unis take the fact my education was disrupted into account?

    This is all over the place, sorry
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    What do you want to take at uni?? It depends on the degree you want to take
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    You can get a medical note which is given to your University and they will give you abit of leeway with your results (however your predicted grades are good).
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    It depends on the course/university but in general they will mean very little compared to your more recent attainment.
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    Should be fine, unless you want to do medicine. As long as you get excellent A Level results then you could get in anywhere
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    (Original post by graverobber)
    I decided to sit my IGCSEs in one year after being out of education for a while and as I'm so far behind I just decided to do them in a year instead of wasting two years on them.

    I started in November and have til May to revise and get my grades up. Predicted grades are A, A, A, B, B, C, C. This was with two months work so I'm sure I can get most up to at least a B.

    My question is, for uni etc. how much will my grades matter? I was a straight A*/A student all through school and my lower grades now are only due to me having to learn two years work in a year.

    Will unis take the fact my education was disrupted into account?

    This is all over the place, sorry
    GCSEs matter depending on if you apply to oxbridge or for medicine, vet med or dentistry. The requirements are usually quite high in these cases, however universities can sometimes be lenient if other parts of your application are strong e.g. personal statement and A-Level (or equivalent)

    With regards to disruption to education, universities refer to this as "extenuating circumstances" and this can be written about on your UCAS application but its always best to check with your universities and ask them directly about your circumstance
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    (Original post by charl2209)
    What do you want to take at uni?? It depends on the degree you want to take
    History, which luckily my mock grade for was an A so an A/A* shouldn't be difficult at all to achieve!
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    As long as you have at least a C in maths and English at GCSE it won't matter that much for most universities and courses. It's only when you're going to really competitive universities like Oxbridge or trying to get onto courses like medicine, dentistry and vet med that GCSEs are really looked at as well. For most universities it's mostly the A-levels they care about.
 
 
 
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