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    Hi, i'm currently in year 12 and still confused about the entire new system but I wanted to know if my gcses are an impact to university selections and AS. I didn't perform bad or anything, just didn't get those extreme results like 9,10,11 A*s
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    It's ultimately all about the a levels, and gcses are only "needed" for medicine or special cases. 99% of the time, if you can prove that you can get the a level predictions that you have, then you're good to go. Even if you can't, you can always wait to apply with confirmed results so the only gcses you really should worry about are the passes in english and maths (though i suspect they aren't an issue for you).
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    With the reform to A Levels, GCSEs have become increasingly important for universities in determining your predicted A2 Grade. So yes they will have an impact on your university options, however if you do put the effort in I am sure that the predicted grades the school will provide to universities will be higher. So yes, they will have an impact but you can to some degree fix it.


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    (Original post by Nurne)
    With the reform to A Levels, GCSEs have become increasingly important for universities in determining your predicted A2 Grade. So yes they will have an impact on your university options, however if you do put the effort in I am sure that the predicted grades the school will provide to universities will be higher. So yes, they will have an impact but you can to some degree fix it.


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    Actually, you will find that universities will ask for mock grades, and there are even talks of Cambridge including more entrance exams. Also, you have to factor in that limits on uni places have been removed, therefore what will most likely happen is top universities will bump up their offers while increasing their volume, so it could mean people with bad gcses are given a fair shot, since they can "afford" to have some flexibility in the number of candidates. Whilst I do agree that GCSEs will have an increased importance, it will not be a huge difference and I believe that any sane admissions tutor would prefer to rely on mock AS results, rather than the grade you got in GCSE spanish 2 years earlier.
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    Think it's a shame they do rely on AS mocks as lots of people don't perform to true potential.
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    (Original post by SubZero~)
    Think it's a shame they do rely on AS mocks as lots of people don't perform to true potential.
    Well if they don't perform on those then on what can they perform?!
    I'm sorry but if one believes that they are not able to perform on mocks but still thinks they'll make up for it in the real exams then they are waiting for divine intervention. No one expects to get A* straight away, but you have to keep it real at some point!
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    (Original post by HedgehogsRulz)
    Well if they don't perform on those then on what can they perform?!
    I'm sorry but if one believes that they are not able to perform on mocks but still thinks they'll make up for it in the real exams then they are waiting for divine intervention. No one expects to get A* straight away, but you have to keep it real at some point!
    Lol that's the problem. Many students end up turning around their grades when it comes to the real thing!
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    (Original post by SubZero~)
    Lol that's the problem. Many students end up turning around their grades when it comes to the real thing!
    There's always the gap year option, but to be fair you kind of deserve the fate if you left everything until the end because there are plenty of people who do perform consistently and they kind of deserve the security and added benefit of making the process easier/smoother for all the parties involved.
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    (Original post by HedgehogsRulz)
    There's always the gap year option, but to be fair you kind of deserve the fate if you left everything until the end because there are plenty of people who do perform consistently and they kind of deserve the security and added benefit of making the process easier/smoother for all the parties involved.
    I agree, lol. I for one think I've performed well in the mocks. Sure, room for improvement. Hopefully all can be rectified and secured in May!
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    (Original post by SubZero~)
    I agree, lol. I for one think I've performed well in the mocks. Sure, room for improvement. Hopefully all can be rectified and secured in May!
    Good luck with all your exams, and I hope you do your very best!

    Of course I don't think a mock in the first term of your a level should determine your fate, but I strongly believe that if you have not got at least 1 grade below your aim by may (or at least 2 given the circumstance or peculiar nature of the a level), then you have to be realistic about your options.
 
 
 
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