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    Hello, I am doing English Literature, English Language, Maths, French (Higher), Double Science, Theology and Philosophy, Drama and Business Studies for my GCSE's. If I do well for my GCSE's and my A-levels (A*'s) , do you think that by me doing 9 GCSE's that it could hold me back from getting into Cambridge University? I would like to study Physics at Cambridge, but I fear that the number of GCSE's I am doing may hold me back...
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    Cambridge focuses more on Year 12 exams than GCSEs, and a lot more on the interviews than GCSEs. Also, they care a lot more about the average of your GCSEs than the number taken - 9 isn't ridiculously few at all. Sure, 9 As would hold you back, but 9 A*s will help you.
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    (Original post by Star Light)
    Cambridge focuses more on Year 12 exams than GCSEs, and a lot more on the interviews than GCSEs. Also, they care a lot more about the average of your GCSEs than the number taken - 9 isn't ridiculously few at all. Sure, 9 As would hold you back, but 9 A*s will help you.
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    (Original post by Sean_Power)
    Thanks
    However, do remember that Cambridge University is a hellish place where any kind of self-esteem you had about your academic abilities or intelligence will be shattered and they will break you. Just saying
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    (Original post by Star Light)
    9 As would hold you back
    What are you smoking?

    Look at the figures. Get rid of this absurd assumption that you need perfect grades for Oxbridge.
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    (Original post by Star Light)
    However, do remember that Cambridge University is a hellish place where any kind of self-esteem you had about your academic abilities or intelligence will be shattered and they will break you. Just saying
    I look forward to it
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    (Original post by Sean_Power)
    I would like to study Physics at Cambridge, but I fear that the number of GCSE's I am doing may hold me back...
    You do realise that Cambridge doesn't have a physics course, don't you?
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    (Original post by Abstract_Prism)
    What are you smoking?

    Look at the figures. Get rid of this absurd assumption that you need perfect grades for Oxbridge.
    Not having a single A* at GCSE when applying for Natural Sciences at Cambridge would be a red flag when applying. That is way below the average set of GCSE grades that NatSci applicants have, and so would hold you back. I'm not saying it's impossible to get in with that, especially if your Y12 marks improve and you happen to be absolutely amazing at interview, but nevertheless it would be a hindrance.
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    (Original post by Zacken)
    You do realise that Cambridge doesn't have a physics course, don't you?
    They do.
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    (Original post by Zacken)
    You do realise that Cambridge doesn't have a physics course, don't you?
    http://www.phy.cam.ac.uk/
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    (Original post by Sean_Power)
    They do.
    Nope, they've got Natural Sciences, which is very different from straight physics.
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    (Original post by Sean_Power)
    Hello, I am doing English Literature, English Language, Maths, French (Higher), Double Science, Theology and Philosophy, Drama and Business Studies for my GCSE's. If I do well for my GCSE's and my A-levels (A*'s) , do you think that by me doing 9 GCSE's that it could hold me back from getting into Cambridge University? I would like to study Physics at Cambridge, but I fear that the number of GCSE's I am doing may hold me back...
    Why not take triple science at gcse if you want to do Physics at University?
 
 
 
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