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In my GCSE's I achieved predominately pretty good grades, As and Bs for the most part, with a singular A* and a couple of Cs, however, one subject and grade really stands out and is appalling; I got an E in Product Design. Obviously this makes a potential application or a CV look that much worse, so is there any way I can simply not include Product Design on my CV/Uni application? Can I just put down under where I say my GCSE's 9 subjects and grades rather than 10? Thanks in advance.
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You can leave it out on a CV but not UCAS
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Is this grade on the same certificate as your others? Generally, they are. If so, then you can't leave it out, because if they ask to see certificates (and many places do) they will know you tried to hide it.

For UCAS, you must include all grades. But if this is irrelevant to the subject you're applying for, then most unis won't care.
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I'm pretty sure that you can't leave it off your uni application. But you can leave it off your CV, the only grade I have specified on my CV is my degree.

You could say 9 GCSE's and completely omit it, or 10 and not include it. Either way there is a small chance that you will get asked about it. (for CV's and interviews that is)
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Is this grade on the same certificate as your others? Generally, they are. If so, then you can't leave it out, because if they ask to see certificates (and many places do) they will know you tried to hide it.

For UCAS, you must include all grades. But if this is irrelevant to the subject you're applying for, then most unis won't care.
Unfortunately yes it is. It's on the same certificate as A*, A, A and a C. And will they care if they know I tried to hide it? Thanks.
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I'm pretty sure that you can't leave it off your uni application. But you can leave it off your CV, the only grade I have specified on my CV is my degree.

You could say 9 GCSE's and completely omit it, or 10 and not include it. Either way there is a small chance that you will get asked about it.
If I omit it, and they found out, would they particularly care, do you know?
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You can leave it out on a CV but not UCAS
So there's no way I can hide it from my chosen Uni? Bearing in mind I would like to go to Camdrige if at all possible.
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So there's no way I can hide it from my chosen Uni? Bearing in mind I would like to go to Camdrige if at all possible.
You have to declare everything on UCAS. If they find out that you haven't declared it (and some universities will ask to see exam certificates), your application may become invalid, as universities can then claim that you may have lied about other things.

It's not the end of the world so don't worry about it. Cambridge don't look too closely at GCSEs, especially in non essential subjects.


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If I omit it, and they found out, would they particularly care, do you know?
I was talking about CV's and job interviews. For Ucas applications, its possible that some people will turn a blind eye but it has the potential to be a big problem.
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You have to declare everything on UCAS. If they find out that you haven't declared it (and some universities will ask to see exam certificates), your application may become invalid, as universities can then claim that you may have lied about other things.

It's not the end of the world so don't worry about it. Cambridge don't look too closely at GCSEs, especially in non essential subjects.

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Ok thanks.
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(Original post by dean01234)
I was talking about CV's and job interviews. For Ucas applications, its possible that some people will turn a blind eye but it has the potential to be a big problem.
Ok, I gather omitting it has the potential be a quite problematic, and so I suppose I'll have to include it. Thanks.
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So there's no way I can hide it from my chosen Uni? Bearing in mind I would like to go to Camdrige if at all possible.
UCAS will check all qualifications with the exam boards. So they will find out. It will also be obvious that you were trying to hide it as it is your worst grade; if it was just a random grade you may be able to argue that you forgot to include it.

It is up to the uni what action they take. They can withdraw any offer you have received, and if you have already started uni by the time they realise they can even kick you out. So it is something that has the potential to be serious. As Cambridge interview, they may decide to ask about it in your interview and see what your reaction is.

But if you do declare it, then it shows you are honest. It shows you're prepared to admit to past mistakes. These are good qualities! It's also unlikely to be directly relevant to the subject you're applying for, so says nothing about your academic ability in that area.
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UCAS will check all qualifications with the exam boards. So they will find out. It will also be obvious that you were trying to hide it as it is your worst grade; if it was just a random grade you may be able to argue that you forgot to include it.

It is up to the uni what action they take. They can withdraw any offer you have received, and if you have already started uni by the time they realise they can even kick you out. So it is something that has the potential to be serious. As Cambridge interview, they may decide to ask about it in your interview and see what your reaction is.

But if you do declare it, then it shows you are honest. It shows you're prepared to admit to past mistakes. These are good qualities! It's also unlikely to be directly relevant to the subject you're applying for, so says nothing about your academic ability in that area.
But won't they just think I'm an idiot, for getting a grade so abhorrent I can't put it into words? Or will they not care. I want to study Law there, and Product Design is entirely unrelated however.
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But won't they just think I'm an idiot, for getting a grade so abhorrent I can't put it into words? Or will they not care. I want to study Law there, and Product Design is entirely unrelated however.
Well, it's better they think you're an honest idiot, rather than a lying idiot, surely? Since they will find out either way.

It's done now. You've got that grade. So you either apply to Cambridge and see what happens, or you don't apply to Cambridge. But you can't hide it, and you can't go back in time to make it never happen.
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You have to put it on UCAS, so whether Cambridge care or not is out of the question. You can definitely leave it off your CV - most people only put e.g. '10 GCSEs grades A*-C' on their CV, and perhaps specify english and maths.
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Well, it's better they think you're an honest idiot, rather than a lying idiot, surely? Since they will find out either way.

It's done now. You've got that grade. So you either apply to Cambridge and see what happens, or you don't apply to Cambridge. But you can't hide it, and you can't go back in time to make it never happen.
Very true. Thanks.
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You have to put it on UCAS, so whether Cambridge care or not is out of the question. You can definitely leave it off your CV - most people only put e.g. '10 GCSEs grades A*-C' on their CV, and perhaps specify english and maths.
Ok thanks.
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