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    I just finished my IGCSE'S (considered to be the international GCSE equivalent) and looking forward to do my a levels online.. I got the following grades - 3A*, 1A, 1B which I consider are good. However, I ended up getting a D in english which was quite unexpected. I am worried for my english grade as most uni's in the UK want atleast a C in english.. Will doing IELTS and securing sufficient points cover up that D grade for english? Or will I be looked upon by universities? I am extremely worried.. Please help. I do not want to give a retake though.

    Firstly, well done on your grades!

    I can't say for sure if it will have an effect, it completely depends on the university. For example, I've applied to York for Computer Science and, in regards to GCSE's they say...

    'From applicants who have taken GCSEs, we look for a good range of subjects, including GCSE English Language at grade C or above.

    We also require a qualification in a physical science, for example a GCSE at grade C or above in Physics or Double Science.'

    Oxford (for all degrees) say...

    'Successful applicants typically have a high proportion of A and A* grades.'
    'Where possible, tutors will look at your GCSEs in the context of the overall performance of the school or college where you studied so if, for example, you didn’t get all A* and A grades, but your results were among the best in your year group, that will be taken into account.'

    So basically, yes, it could affect your university application, but it depends on the university. If your other GCSE grades are higher and you're applying to a non-English based course (e.g. Maths, Sciences) then it will probably just be overlooked.

    If you're applying to A* type universities and/or applying for an English related degree then it may be taken into account. Some places may state a grade C or above in English as a necessity, whilst others may use it as a deciding factor when comparing you to other students, which would not work in your favour, unfortunately.

    Good luck with whatever you decide to do and I hope somebody more clued up can offer you better advice!
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