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Hi everyone at TSR ^^ I still haven't done my GCSEs yet, but I was wondering what would happen if someone got, for example nine 9's, but got one U in a subject like History or Italian. How would universities look at that, particularly universities like Cambridge and Oxford? Would that be an automatic rejection, supposing that you got A*AA - A*A*A*or at A-level?? Just curious since I haven't seen anyone discussing it...forgive me if im beating a dead horse ^^
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English, Maths and Science are the GCSE's that really matter. if you got 1 u inan unrelated subject but then absolutely smashed all othes and your A-Levels, they wont give it that much thought.
if you got a U in history, and were applying for a history degree, then it would matter more. but as long as your Alevels are all good, they tend not to worry too much about your GCSEs
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They would probably ask you why you did so badly in those subjects you got a U in. They might take it as if you don't care about things that don't interest you, which could put them off.
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I mean if you got a U in French and wanted to do a French degree then it would be a bit of a problem, but if you did badly in a subject at GCSE, you likely wouldn't take it to A-Level or university.
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As unlikely as that scenario is, they'd probably remark your exams or check for mistakes or something.
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Hi everyone at TSR ^^ I still haven't done my GCSEs yet, but I was wondering what would happen if someone got, for example nine 9's, but got one U in a subject like History or Italian. How would universities look at that, particularly universities like Cambridge and Oxford? Would that be an automatic rejection, supposing that you got A*AA - A*A*A*or at A-level?? Just curious since I haven't seen anyone discussing it...forgive me if im beating a dead horse ^^
Wouldn't matter. Unless you wanted to do History or MML in which case even then if wouldn't necessarily be "fatal". Other aspects of your application are more important than one outlier GCSE mark.
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It wouldn't look good, even as an unrelated subject, because you need to completely sack it off to end up with a U which is a pretty bad trait. Shouldn't be an automatic rejection but expect to be questioned about it.
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Hi everyone at TSR ^^ I still haven't done my GCSEs yet, but I was wondering what would happen if someone got, for example nine 9's, but got one U in a subject like History or Italian. How would universities look at that, particularly universities like Cambridge and Oxford? Would that be an automatic rejection, supposing that you got A*AA - A*A*A*or at A-level?? Just curious since I haven't seen anyone discussing it...forgive me if im beating a dead horse ^^
dare I say if you're realistically looking at a majority of 9s you're probably capable of more than a U, at least a 5/6. In any case it won't matter at all.
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Hi everyone at TSR ^^ I still haven't done my GCSEs yet, but I was wondering what would happen if someone got, for example nine 9's, but got one U in a subject like History or Italian. How would universities look at that, particularly universities like Cambridge and Oxford? Would that be an automatic rejection, supposing that you got A*AA - A*A*A*or at A-level?? Just curious since I haven't seen anyone discussing it...forgive me if im beating a dead horse ^^
They'd be more concerned if you starting a killing school game in their university.
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They'd be more concerned if you starting a killing school game in their university.
Or kidnap sixteen students and take them to a desert island. They'd probably forget about the U, at least.
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I understand the GCSEs have changed and especially since I had mine. You should be able to retake the exam entirely if you have gotten a U in it.
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Or kidnap sixteen students and take them to a desert island. They'd probably forget about the U, at least.
why do you think you'll get a U? that's the bottom 1%... Or does "U" here just mean a 6 or a 7?
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Hi everyone at TSR ^^ I still haven't done my GCSEs yet, but I was wondering what would happen if someone got, for example nine 9's, but got one U in a subject like History or Italian. How would universities look at that, particularly universities like Cambridge and Oxford? Would that be an automatic rejection, supposing that you got A*AA - A*A*A*or at A-level?? Just curious since I haven't seen anyone discussing it...forgive me if im beating a dead horse ^^
It wouldn't matter too much, but then again it would look odd that you managed to get straight A*s in everything else but then you have a U. It'll just look odd, try your best in that subject.
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Or kidnap sixteen students and take them to a desert island. They'd probably forget about the U, at least.
They'd be too concerned thinking about the despair that the world has fallen into. They won't even be able to think about that U.
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....you wouldn't get "All As"

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Hi everyone at TSR ^^ I still haven't done my GCSEs yet, but I was wondering what would happen if someone got, for example nine 9's, but got one U in a subject like History or Italian. How would universities look at that, particularly universities like Cambridge and Oxford? Would that be an automatic rejection, supposing that you got A*AA - A*A*A*or at A-level?? Just curious since I haven't seen anyone discussing it...forgive me if im beating a dead horse ^^
Your universities don't see the subjects you get Us in because you don't have to put them on UCAS. If you get a U, you don't get a certificate, so it "never happened".
So in some ways, it is better to get a U than a D or an E.
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Your universities don't see the subjects you get Us in because you don't have to put them on UCAS. If you get a U, you don't get a certificate, so it "never happened".
So in some ways, it is better to get a U than a D or an E.
Incorrect. U grades have to be declared. They happened.
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Incorrect. U grades have to be declared. They happened.
Oh wow, I was told otherwise by my teacher but you're right.


"You must enter all your qualifications from secondary education onwards – whether you have the result (even any that were ungraded) or you’re still awaiting exams and results. "

https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergradu...te-application
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