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    Now I know this gets asked so much, but I am halfway through my GCSE's and they are going terribly frankly. I want to study Physics at somewhere like Imperial or Oxford, but I really think I can't with what I think I will get. If I'm honest I predict myself 5A*'s (Maths, Physics, Music, R.S. and French) and 5A's (History, Chemistry, Biology, English Language and Literature). If I get these I will be ridiculously disappointed with myself, and looking at unofficial mark schemes so I may not even get A*'s in Maths and Physics (I will be so disappointed if I get that I don't know what I'll do). I want to do a Phd in Physics, and I am very interested in the Physics and Theoretical Physics MSci at Imperial, but I'm just not feeling like I can do it.
    My issue is that since AS' are being basically disbanded there isn't much else for universities to go on?
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    Personally, almost all the stress on my gcses is social pressure, I'm not too worried academically, as long as I meet my sixth forms conditional offer. There is some importance in the sense that I want to be proud of myself but thats really down to how hard I work, not the final grade.
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    The only unis that care about them are Oxbridge and some other elitist ones like UCL etc

    Other than that, they honestly dont matter one bit lol. As long as you do well in English and Maths, you're fine.
    But obviously you still wanna do well.
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    I was recently worried about this too, however I spoke to my sister and she told me all of her friends at uni ( she goes to Kings College London to do chemistry) said they didn't get amazing GCSEs, one of her friends got a D/C (can't remember) and some of her other friends didn't get any A*s at all. The point is, you only need GCSEs to get into sixth form, once all my sister's friends reached sixth form, they 'buckled down' and got the grades they needed to get in (High As) and so in a way, GCSEs are more of a way to prepare you for sixth form, the grade itself only matters if you are seriously underachieving and in danger of not getting into sixth form - considering the grades you are worried about getting, you should be fine in the long term. Although ASs are not used as proper grades usually anymore, i'm not sure but at least at my school you have to do the exams anyway and therefore that is what they will show when you apply for uni - If I were you, I would ask your school about how they deal with ASs but for now, your exams aren't over yet so just keep working hard
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    (Original post by Wimsett)
    Personally, almost all the stress on my gcses is social pressure, I'm not too worried academically, as long as I meet my sixth forms conditional offer. There is some importance in the sense that I want to be proud of myself but thats really down to how hard I work, not the final grade.
    That, I ca unfortunately relate to... sometimes I feel like I am competing against my friend and I get stressed and worked up if they do 'better' then me. I guess it's a good motivation tool but it's not socially healthy.
 
 
 
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