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    So my concern is: Can I get into Cambridge (medicine) with these IGCSE marks?
    I have already sat two IGCSEs las year and got and A* in Maths and an A in Modern Greek.

    Mock predictions:
    Biology-A*
    Chemistry-A (It should be an A* but I am not sure why my teacher predicted an A, maybe it's a mistake)
    Physics-B (I am a top physics student, unfortunately it was a bad mock period for me...)
    English Language-B (without studying)
    English Literature-A (without studying)
    Spanish-A* (one day of studying)
    Economics-B (one day of studying)
    (As you can see I have focused on my sciences for my mocks, the rest marks came by luck)

    My personal predictions:
    Biology-A*
    Chemistry-A*
    Physics-A*
    English Language-B/A
    English Literature-A/A*
    Spanish-A*
    Economics-A/A*

    So all together the minimum that I'll get is 5A*s and 3/4As and a B in English language which i am willing to make an A and if possible an A*. I will try to take them all A*s because I know it is not impossible, but just in case i am unlucky, does Cambridge (medicine course) accept a minimum of 5A*s at IGCSEs?

    Another question is, do mock predictions count anywhere? Will the exam board see them?
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    As stated by several of the Cambridge admissions tutors, GCSE grades ("even" for medicine) aren't a major part of their assessment process, and the ATs on here have all stated they've never rejected a candidate solely on the basis of GCSEs. Additionally as I understand the university as a whole is phasing out formal requirements (e.g. B in GCSE double science or similar) on top of that.

    It's more important that you focus on your A-level work, and the BMAT, when the time comes. While many successful applicants will have very good GCSE grades, this is incidental - those who do well in GCSE often do well in A-level. However there are people who do less well in GCSE who do very well in A-level, and still receive a place.

    It's worth noting this isn't the case for Oxford, which much more heavily weights GCSEs for medicine and uses them in more formally in their shortlisting process when deciding who to invite to interview.
 
 
 

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