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    As you all know already, the new GCSEs will be graded with numbers 9-1.

    IGCSEs do not change, being A*-G.

    So, it means that students taking IGCSE would be at an advantage having A*. But if you have 9 or 8 it makes a difference. That A* in IGCSE could be top or bottom but doesn't matter, while 9 and 8 is not the same.

    Being many schools in England that offer IGCSE, it means that is unfair for those taking GCSEs.

    What do you think?
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    pretty sure you wont be disadvantaged for having an 8 instead of a 9 and no uni will probably ever want 9s at gcse
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    (Original post by glad-he-ate-her)
    pretty sure you wont be disadvantaged for having an 8 instead of a 9 and no uni will probably ever want 9s at gcse
    if universities will have to choose between an A* IGCSE and an 8 GCSE, what they would decide?
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    I'm pretty sure many unis have stated that they recognise the grades 9 and 8 as equivalents to the old A*.
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    (Original post by the_queen)
    if universities will have to choose between an A* IGCSE and an 8 GCSE, what they would decide?
    Most universities want Bs in maths and english minimum regardless of course so unless youre applying for a tough course at a gcse heavy uni, they probably wont see the difference
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    In my school, I've found the change has helped motivate students to study more. However, it is a case of employers, colleges and universities being aware of how the new grading system is equivalent to the old system especially how an A* does not equal a 9.
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    (Original post by glad-he-ate-her)
    Most universities want Bs in maths and english minimum regardless of course so unless youre applying for a tough course at a gcse heavy uni, they probably wont see the difference

    Let's say Oxbridge, or Cardiff, Birmingham for Medicine?
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    if you had the chance, what would you choose, IGCSE or GCSE?
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    (Original post by the_queen)
    Let's say Oxbridge, or Cardiff, Birmingham for Medicine?
    https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/unde...edicine?wssl=1
    oxford has no formal gcse requirements but people will normally have 7+A*s
    cambridge:

    Students wanting to study Medicine must have achieved:
    • grade C or above in GCSE (or equivalent) Double Award Science and Mathematics
    • two single awards in GCSE Biology and Physics may be substituted for Double Award Science
    • again cambridge applicants will have 7A*s
    source:http://www.undergraduate.study.cam.a...urses/medicine
    cardiff:http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/under...teria/medicine
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    (Original post by glad-he-ate-her)
    https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/unde...edicine?wssl=1
    oxford has no formal gcse requirements but people will normally have 7+A*s
    cambridge:

    Students wanting to study Medicine must have achieved:
    • grade C or above in GCSE (or equivalent) Double Award Science and Mathematics
    • two single awards in GCSE Biology and Physics may be substituted for Double Award Science
    • again cambridge applicants will have 7A*s
    source:http://www.undergraduate.study.cam.a...urses/medicine
    cardiff:http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/under...teria/medicine

    thank you for your effort!

    Reading these requirements, you will see they are minimum. In fact, students apply with at least 10 subjects, and Oxford is reknown being GCSE heavy. So, what would they prefer after this reform, A* IGCSE or 8 GCSE? This is the question!
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    (Original post by the_queen)
    thank you for your effort!

    Reading these requirements, you will see they are minimum. In fact, students apply with at least 10 subjects, and Oxford is reknown being GCSE heavy. So, what would they prefer after this reform, A* IGCSE or 8 GCSE? This is the question!
    yes i take your point but mine is the variation in " weight" of the qualification is so slight that you can take them to be the same. For medicine i dont think gcse grades are ever the final deciding factor but they are used in conjunction with bmat/ukcat and A level grades are the most important. work experience and interview performance are also used
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    Also igcse sciences and maths are slightly harder so in reality A* can be equivalent to 9
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    The qualifications aren't interchangeable anyway so this doesn't make that much of a difference.
 
 
 
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