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    Hi. I'm new here. It's the start of Year 12 and I'm slightly worried. In my GCSEs I got 6Bs, 1C and 2Ds. I am working hard to get all As in my AS and all A*s in my A Levels. If I do get these grades, do i have a chance of getting into Cambridge?

    Also, I want to study English there. I got Bs in English Language and Literature. Is there anyone who has made it to Cambridge with GCSEs as bad as mine?
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    (Original post by Deer Girl)
    Hi. I'm new here. It's the start of Year 12 and I'm slightly worried. In my GCSEs I got 6Bs, 1C and 2Ds. I am working hard to get all As in my AS and all A*s in my A Levels. If I do get these grades, do i have a chance of getting into Cambridge?

    Also, I want to study English there. I got Bs in English Language and Literature. Is there anyone who has made it to Cambridge with GCSEs as bad as mine?
    The school you did your GCSEs at, whats their average performance like?
    If you do get all As, maybe a B, at AS you should be able to get the predicted grades that meet the minimum course requirements (which will stop your application being thrown out immediately) and if you also do well in the admissions assessment you might be in with a shout. Its a going to be a lot of work though.
    Doonesbury might be more help.
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    The school you did your GCSEs at, whats their average performance like?
    If you do get all As, maybe a B, at AS you should be able to get the predicted grades that meet the minimum course requirements (which will stop your application being thrown out immediately) and if you also do well in the admissions assessment you might be in with a shout. Its a going to be a lot of work though.
    Doonesbury might be more help.
    The average GCSE results at my school are A*s, As and Bs for top students and Bs and Cs (or some As) for average students.
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    (Original post by Deer Girl)
    The average GCSE results at my school are A*s, As and Bs for top students and Bs and Cs (or some As) for average students.
    I don't want to rule anything out for you, but realistically it is unlikely you will have a chance of getting it. In my opinion, your predicted grades would have to be almost all A*s to help balance your GCSE grades. However, you get 5 choices, so don't be afraid to try!
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    (Original post by pi3141)
    I don't want to rule anything out for you, but realistically it is unlikely you will have a chance of getting it. In my opinion, your predicted grades would have to be almost all A*s to help balance your GCSE grades. However, you get 5 choices, so don't be afraid to try!
    That's nonsense, Cambridge doesn't care about GCSEs but if those two Ds were in English or Maths then that would certainly be a problem. Getting good grades at AS will compensate for those poor GCSEs so if the OP can get all As at AS then he/she is still in with a shot. You don't need to be predicted all A*s to get in, just have to be predicted their minimum entry requirements.
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    That's nonsense, Cambridge doesn't care about GCSEs but if those two Ds were in English or Maths then that would certainly be a problem. Getting good grades at AS will compensate for those poor GCSEs so if the OP can get all As at AS then he/she is still in with a shot. You don't need to be predicted all A*s to get in, just have to be predicted their minimum entry requirements.
    I agree, but to be considered for interview they take a number of factors into account, including personal statement, AS grades, references and GCSE grades. Obviously GCSE grades are less important, but they are still considered as a metric.
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    (Original post by Deer Girl)
    The average GCSE results at my school are A*s, As and Bs for top students and Bs and Cs (or some As) for average students.
    Your GCSEs unfortunately sound like they're below average for your school. While this wont exclude you from applying, it might count against you somewhat. you might have a chance if you do really well in AS and the admissions assessment, but it will be a very long shot.
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    CCambridge doesn't put too much emphasis on GCSE grades. Provided you have the required predicted grades at the end of Y12 and you get A's in any external AS exams, and you perform well at the interview, why not? Since it's English, you may have to hand in a written piece of work to be assessed with your application...
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    That's nonsense, Cambridge doesn't care about GCSEs but if those two Ds were in English or Maths then that would certainly be a problem. Getting good grades at AS will compensate for those poor GCSEs so if the OP can get all As at AS then he/she is still in with a shot. You don't need to be predicted all A*s to get in, just have to be predicted their minimum entry requirements.

    The two Ds were in Geography and German. I was 2 marks away from a C in German. I got Bs in English Literature, English Language and Maths.
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    (Original post by Deer Girl)
    Hi. I'm new here. It's the start of Year 12 and I'm slightly worried. In my GCSEs I got 6Bs, 1C and 2Ds. I am working hard to get all As in my AS and all A*s in my A Levels. If I do get these grades, do i have a chance of getting into Cambridge?

    Also, I want to study English there. I got Bs in English Language and Literature. Is there anyone who has made it to Cambridge with GCSEs as bad as mine?
    (Original post by an_atheist)
    The school you did your GCSEs at, whats their average performance like?
    If you do get all As, maybe a B, at AS you should be able to get the predicted grades that meet the minimum course requirements (which will stop your application being thrown out immediately) and if you also do well in the admissions assessment you might be in with a shout. Its a going to be a lot of work though.
    Doonesbury might be more help.
    Thanks for the tag.

    Best thing is to ask a real life actual Cambridge admissions tutor. There will be a new AT-hosted thread next week. Keep an eye on the University of Cambridge forum for it.
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    Prince Edward I believe (though they may have been O levels not GCSEs).
 
 
 

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