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    So i have a 98A*A*AA6BBB in Gcse which was a massive underperformance. Let's say I achieve all 4 A stars in maths,Fm,Chemistry and physics and i want to do engineering am i guaranteed a interview and what would the chances of me getting in would be
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    Nothing guarantees an interview. Everything has to be very good.
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    You will most likely be interviewed, unless you write on your personal statement "you're dumb hook me up with them banks lol" - or if you perform extremely poorly in the pre-interview assessment, although this is less likely to prevent you being interviewed by itself. If your predictions do not match their overall perception of you (e.g. by having much poorer GCSEs than you do have anyway, and bombing the pre-interview assessment) they may have reservations). If you have achieved those grades and are applying post-qualification you will almost certainly be interviewed.

    Whether you get in or not after that depends entirely on how you perform at interview and how this fits in with the rest of your application, compared to the strength of the rest of the application cohort.
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    (Original post by sandeshisis)
    So i have a 98A*A*AA6BBB in Gcse which was a massive underperformance. Let's say I achieve all 4 A stars in maths,Fm,Chemistry and physics and i want to do engineering am i guaranteed a interview and what would the chances of me getting in would be
    You apply (usually) *before* you achieve your A-level grades, but if you are on target to achieve at least the typical offer (A*A*A) you are very likely to get an interview. They interview approx 75-80% of all applicants.

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    Nothing guarantees an interview. Everything has to be very good.
    If OP applied *after* achieving 4A* (e.g. in a gap year) then yes they would be guaranteed an interview. Anyone with the correct subjects for the course and A*A*A* or better must be interviewed.
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    Yeah A*A*A* is automatic pooling too.
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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    If OP applied *after* achieving 4A* (e.g. in a gap year) then yes they would be guaranteed an interview. Anyone with the correct subjects for the course and A*A*A* or better must be interviewed.
    If his/her personal statement was really bad then no.
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    They take your Gcses into context of the school or any circumstances surrounding them, so I'd recommend at least trying, and if you're really worried there's no harm in contacting an admissions tutor and asking them about it.
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    (Original post by -Mathematician-)
    If his/her personal statement was really bad then no.
    Nope, post qualification A*A*A meets the compulsory pooling requirement* therefore requires an interview.

    * For current and recent past years - of course they may change in future years.

    "In the case of post-qualification applicants the equivalent criterion is: A*,A*,A* or better at A Level and in the case of students applying for the science courses listed in the previous paragraph the A*A*A* must be in three science or mathematics subjects. This criterion should be used regardless of whether the applicant’s AS/A2 modules would have warranted compulsory pooling."
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    (Original post by CaraStudying)
    They take your Gcses into context of the school or any circumstances surrounding them, so I'd recommend at least trying, and if you're really worried there's no harm in contacting an admissions tutor and asking them about it.
    My Gcses made the top 5 of the school out of a 150 people
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    (Original post by sandeshisis)
    My Gcses made the top 5 of the school out of a 150 people
    Also your GCSEs would not be a problem (and are good anyway). They aren't of huge significance for Cambridge.
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    (Original post by sandeshisis)
    My Gcses made the top 5 of the school out of a 150 people
    I'd say it's definitely worth having a go then, as your Gcses look very good in context in that case.
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    (Original post by sandeshisis)
    My Gcses made the top 5 of the school out of a 150 people
    Maths and physics were both a stars
 
 
 
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