I'd rather believe admissions tutors than the_alba - they've told me (and this is backed up by the link I have earlier) that if someone failed all their GCSEs they won't get in (illness etc. notwithstanding). Did the_alba fail all her GCSEs without any extenuating circumstances? Actually, I think I remember the_alba saying she had an offer at 16 - was this before she even took her GCSEs? If this is the case, surely the objection is irrelevant to my point, as clearly 'no GCSEs' was synonymous with 'failing all GCSEs'. Anyone claims I should have specified this earlier are ridiculously pedantic. I'm aware of the existence of international students, who evidently have 0 GCSEs. The point is, they didn't fail at theirs.