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    Hey! So I really want to get accepted into Cambridge and I'm doing my GCSE's next week and I'm just wondering what would approximately be the grades I need to just "tick the GCSE box". I go to a comprehensive school and hopefully will be in the top 10% of results but I'm just wondering what would exactly just look "okay" in their eyes. Would realistically 5A* 4A 1B look okay at worst? But if I pushed myself I think I can achieve 7A* 2A 1B. Advice would be appreciated
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    (Original post by TheNerdxP)
    Hey! So I really want to get accepted into Cambridge and I'm doing my GCSE's next week and I'm just wondering what would approximately be the grades I need to just "tick the GCSE box". I go to a comprehensive school and hopefully will be in the top 10% of results but I'm just wondering what would exactly just look "okay" in their eyes. Would realistically 5A* 4A 1B look okay at worst? But if I pushed myself I think I can achieve 7A* 2A 1B. Advice would be appreciated
    Cambridge don't really care about your GCSEs (Oxford do), either would be perfectly fine as long as you did well at A Level
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    jneill would be able to answer this well
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    (Original post by TheNerdxP)
    Hey! So I really want to get accepted into Cambridge and I'm doing my GCSE's next week and I'm just wondering what would approximately be the grades I need to just "tick the GCSE box". I go to a comprehensive school and hopefully will be in the top 10% of results but I'm just wondering what would exactly just look "okay" in their eyes. Would realistically 5A* 4A 1B look okay at worst? But if I pushed myself I think I can achieve 7A* 2A 1B. Advice would be appreciated
    Your GCSEs are absolutely fine. And not that important for Cambridge anyway. Do well in them, and then concentrate on your A-levels. Which course are you considering?

    (Original post by Gingerbread101)
    Cambridge don't really care about your GCSEs (Oxford do), either would be perfectly fine as long as you did well at A Level
    Oxford doesn't care for GCSEs as much as TSR thinks. For most courses their pre-interview admissions tests are a much more important criteria for shortlisting for interview.

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    jneill would be able to answer this well
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    (Original post by jneill)
    Your GCSEs are absolutely fine. And not that important for Cambridge anyway. Do well in them, and then concentrate on your A-levels. Which course are you considering?



    Oxford doesn't care for GCSEs as much as TSR thinks. For most courses their pre-interview admissions tests are a much more important criteria for shortlisting for interview.



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    That's good to hear, what do you think would be the minimum for me to get for reassurance? and I want to take Physics, Mechanical Maths and English Literature for A-Level and Law for a degree
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    (Original post by TheNerdxP)
    That's good to hear, what do you think would be the minimum for me to get for reassurance? and I want to take Physics, Mechanical Maths and English Literature for A-Level and Law for a degree
    There is no minimum.
    http://www.undergraduate.study.cam.a...irements-facts

    Although for Law, 1 or 2 colleges do put some weight on GCSE's - e.g. Churchill. But for most colleges it really doesn't matter.
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    There is no minimum.
    http://www.undergraduate.study.cam.a...irements-facts

    Although for Law, 1 or 2 colleges do put some weight on GCSE's - e.g. Churchill. But for most colleges it really doesn't matter.
    Ah I see Well in your opinion roughly what would you consider to be the least amount of GCSE grades for my application to still be strong (including Churchill etc)
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    (Original post by TheNerdxP)
    Ah I see Well in your opinion roughly what would you consider to be the least amount of GCSE grades for my application to still be strong (including Churchill etc)
    Honestly, people get offers with no A*s. I've told you the position and given you the link to Cambridge's page:

    GCSEs
    With the exception of those for Medicine and Veterinary Medicine (grade C or above in GCSE Double Award Science and Mathematics), there are no GCSE requirements for entry to Cambridge. Applicants have generally achieved high grades in subjects relevant to their chosen course, and most students who apply have at least four or five As or A*s at GCSE. However, there are always exceptions and one of the strengths of the Cambridge admissions system is its ability to assess all applicants individually.

    Our research shows that post-16 examination performance is a much better predictor of degree success at Cambridge. While GCSE results are looked at as a performance indicator, this is within the context of the school/college performance and strong performance in Years 12 and 13 can make up for a less stellar performance at GCSE.


    It's not your GCSEs that make or break your application, it's the whole package: AS-levels (if taken), A-levels, interview, Law Test, PS, reference, etc, etc. Everything. GCSEs are just one part, and not the most important.
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    Honestly, people get offers with no A*s. I've told you the position and given you the link to Cambridge's page.

    It's not your GCSEs that make or break your application, it's the whole package: AS-levels (if taken), A-levels, interview, Law Test, PS, reference, etc, etc. Everything. GCSEs are just one part, and not the most important.
    *Phew* Thankyou very much for your help! Do you know much about the Law test? I'm just afraid incase others have an advantage against me if they're doing it at A-Level and I have no idea what to write. Is it just general knowledge or an essay?
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    (Original post by TheNerdxP)
    *Phew* Thankyou very much for your help! Do you know much about the Law test? I'm just afraid incase others have an advantage against me if they're doing it at A-Level and I have no idea what to write. Is it just general knowledge or an essay?
    Applicants with A-level Law do not have an advantage, and it is not a prerequisite for Law at Cambridge. (Most applicants don't do A-level Law).

    http://ba.law.cam.ac.uk/applying/cambridge_law_test/

    http://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/law

    http://www.undergraduate.study.cam.a...cification.pdf
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    (Original post by jneill)
    Applicants with A-level Law do not have an advantage, and it is not a prerequisite for Law at Cambridge. (Most applicants don't do A-level Law).

    http://ba.law.cam.ac.uk/applying/cambridge_law_test/

    http://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/law

    http://www.undergraduate.study.cam.a...cification.pdf
    Thankyou very much! You've helped an awful lot! Very much appreciated ^.^
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    (Original post by TheNerdxP)
    Hey! So I really want to get accepted into Cambridge and I'm doing my GCSE's next week and I'm just wondering what would approximately be the grades I need to just "tick the GCSE box". I go to a comprehensive school and hopefully will be in the top 10% of results but I'm just wondering what would exactly just look "okay" in their eyes. Would realistically 5A* 4A 1B look okay at worst? But if I pushed myself I think I can achieve 7A* 2A 1B. Advice would be appreciated
    What you expect is the average for a successful Cambridge applicant.
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    (Original post by Thomb)
    What you expect is the average for a successful Cambridge applicant.
    What is that supposed to mean?
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    What is that supposed to mean?
    It means the average successful cambridge applicant has 5A*'s.
 
 
 
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