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    This past June, I took 4 IGCSE exams - English, Bio, Chem and Mathematics - and got A*ABB. I was going to do an additional exam, Physics, but my parents had advised me to drop it to focus on getting good grades on the others. Recently I've begun to research unis' - I'm now studying for my A levels - and I came across the concept that a student needs a MINIMUM of 5 IGCSEs. Even Wikipedia says this - "International schools around the world normally allow students to study anywhere from 5 to 14 IGCSE subjects. Like the situation in the English Baccalaureate, 5 core subject passes at C or above is the minimum required." My question is, do I really need to have completed a total of 5 IGSCEs to be able to take A levels?
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    This past June, I took 4 IGCSE exams - English, Bio, Chem and Mathematics - and got A*ABB. I was going to do an additional exam, Physics, but my parents had advised me to drop it to focus on getting good grades on the others. Recently I've begun to research unis' - I'm now studying for my A levels - and I came across the concept that a student needs a MINIMUM of 5 IGCSEs. Even Wikipedia says this - "International schools around the world normally allow students to study anywhere from 5 to 14 IGCSE subjects. Like the situation in the English Baccalaureate, 5 core subject passes at C or above is the minimum required." My question is, do I really need to have completed a total of 5 IGSCEs to be able to take A levels?
    There are no GCSE requirements to take A Levels per se, however, schools or sixth form colleges will generally have their own entry requirements based on GCSEs. You will need to check this on a school-by-school basis because it's completely up to them to decide. I'm not entirely sure what your personal circumstances are but if you come from an atypical educational background then there may be flexibility in these entry requirements.

    In terms of universities, all they generally ask for is a pass in GCSE English (and sometimes in Maths). This can vary though so obviously check the requirements before you apply to places.
 
 
 

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