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    Hi, i'm hoping to apply to Oxbridge when i'm older but i'm just wondering how the new GCSE scale will affect admissions. I'm in the awkward year that has a mix of results (Maths and English will be 9-1, the rest will be A*-U).

    I'm not 100% sure what to study yet but i'm thinking maybe something to do with English. My only issue is that I am targeted an 8 for that subject and realistically that is what I will probably achieve.

    Essentially i'm just wondering if that will hinder me, an 8 is still the equivalent of an A* but the 9 is supposed to be the upper end of an A*. Will most Oxbridge applicants have a grade 9?

    I know GCSE grades aren't everything when applying, i'm just debating how I should split my limited funds between subjects for extra tuition.
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    (Original post by thepinkprint)
    Hi, i'm hoping to apply to Oxbridge when i'm older but i'm just wondering how the new GCSE scale will affect admissions. I'm in the awkward year that has a mix of results (Maths and English will be 9-1, the rest will be A*-U).

    I'm not 100% sure what to study yet but i'm thinking maybe something to do with English. My only issue is that I am targeted an 8 for that subject and realistically that is what I will probably achieve.

    Essentially i'm just wondering if that will hinder me, an 8 is still the equivalent of an A* but the 9 is supposed to be the upper end of an A*. Will most Oxbridge applicants have a grade 9?

    I know GCSE grades aren't everything when applying, i'm just debating how I should split my limited funds between subjects for extra tuition.
    I wouldn't worry at all. Just select the subjects you are interested in and will do well at. You will not be disadvantaged by choosing either scale, especially in a transition year. Everyone taking GCSEs now is in a similar situation.

    GCSEs do have a role at Oxbridge but their admissions tests/assessments are more important. Specifically, the ELAT for English is more significant.

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