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    So, I did 2 GCSEs in year 10. I got History (A) and RE (A*), which I was pretty pleased with. Now, in year 11, I'm fairly confident that I can get 7s and/or 8s in the majority of the rest of my subjects. Not the sciences, however (I got forced to do triple science and it's the worst).
    Basically, if I get B's or C's in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, will it affect my chances of getting into uni? I'm not planning on doing sciences for A level (what a nightmare), so there's that. If I wanted to go to Oxbridge, would having 3 B's or C's rule me out? I don't have all my hopes on going somewhere like that, but I'm curious. Any advice would be appreciated!
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    (Original post by PearlOrbit)
    So, I did 2 GCSEs in year 10. I got History (A) and RE (A*), which I was pretty pleased with. Now, in year 11, I'm fairly confident that I can get 7s and/or 8s in the majority of the rest of my subjects. Not the sciences, however (I got forced to do triple science and it's the worst).
    Basically, if I get B's or C's in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, will it affect my chances of getting into uni? I'm not planning on doing sciences for A level (what a nightmare), so there's that. If I wanted to go to Oxbridge, would having 3 B's or C's rule me out? I don't have all my hopes on going somewhere like that, but I'm curious. Any advice would be appreciated!
    What do you want to study? It’s still very early days for you? Why limit yourself to ‘Oxbridge’. They may not do the subject you want, and other universities are better then them at things. Like for example imperial is better at engineering.

    I wouldn’t rule out universities like LSE, Warwick, Imperial, UCL and other top Russel group universities so fast.
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    (Original post by Alfaz Brepotra)
    What do you want to study? It’s still very early days for you? Why limit yourself to ‘Oxbridge’. They may not do the subject you want, and other universities are better then them at things. Like for example imperial is better at engineering.

    I wouldn’t rule out universities like LSE, Warwick, Imperial, UCL and other top Russel group universities so fast.
    Oh, sorry, I was really vague! I meant to ask what kind of GCSEs Oxbridge would be looking for, especially Cambridge, as I saw that they offered a course in modern and medieval languages, which I'm interested in. But I'm not by any means ruling out other universities, in fact I think it's unlikely that I'd ever end up wanting to apply to Oxbridge. I'm just curious. I plan on taking French A level (with History and English lit) and hope to study languages at uni. I'd like to continue with French, but I would like to pick up Russian as well, but I can't find many universities that would let me do both French and Russian, Russian being almost from scratch. I've started learning Spanish for fun outside of school (but I'm not pursuing it academically). I was just wondering if my GCSEs would hold me back in any way. I'm predicted an 8 in French GCSE, but I think I'll try get a 9.
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    (Original post by PearlOrbit)
    Oh, sorry, I was really vague! I meant to ask what kind of GCSEs Oxbridge would be looking for, especially Cambridge, as I saw that they offered a course in modern and medieval languages, which I'm interested in. But I'm not by any means ruling out other universities, in fact I think it's unlikely that I'd ever end up wanting to apply to Oxbridge. I'm just curious. I plan on taking French A level (with History and English lit) and hope to study languages at uni. I'd like to continue with French, but I would like to pick up Russian as well, but I can't find many universities that would let me do both French and Russian, Russian being almost from scratch. I've started learning Spanish for fun outside of school (but I'm not pursuing it academically). I was just wondering if my GCSEs would hold me back in any way. I'm predicted an 8 in French GCSE, but I think I'll try get a 9.
    Ok so Cambridge has no specific GCSEs requirement, as they believe people mature later and so they just need a c grade in maths and English like other universities. There are people who go to Cambridge with extemely low GCSE’s. The truth is, GCSEs don’t matter. It’s your A levels and prediction grades is what count.

    I admire you want to study languages, but what for? Where would that lead you when you want to get a job?
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    Your GCSE’s won’t hold you back at all.
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    (Original post by Alfaz Brepotra)
    Ok so Cambridge has no specific GCSEs requirement, as they believe people mature later and so they just need a c grade in maths and English like other universities. There are people who go to Cambridge with extemely low GCSE’s. The truth is, GCSEs don’t matter. It’s your A levels and prediction grades is what count.

    I admire you want to study languages, but what for? Where would that lead you when you want to get a job?
    Thank you for your replies! It's kind of a relief that GCSEs won't necessarily be a kind of ultimate deciding factor. I've heard so many people stressing about it. As for a career, well, I'm admittedly quite young and ignorant, so I'm probably going to end up saying something wrong, but I looked into some jobs within the civil service etc. Apparently you can apply for the fast stream if you've got a 2:2 or higher at degree level. If I do pursue languages, I hope I could eventually achieve that? Maybe? I'm not sure. But thanks for your help, it's useful to think about my future like that. Also, I think they quite favour languages like Arabic/Russian/Mandarin (maybe not anymore? Idk), so if that's true, then that's maybe a motivator for me to get on with improving my Russian? Haha, what do I know, though.
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    If it's any consoloation I totally flunked most of my GCSE's aside from maths and English and I've still got into a good uni. It's you're a-levels they mostly care about and you're personal statement etc. Wish you all the best for the future OP
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    (Original post by angelofessence)
    If it's any consoloation I totally flunked most of my GCSE's aside from maths and English and I've still got into a good uni. It's you're a-levels they mostly care about and you're personal statement etc. Wish you all the best for the future OP
    Thank you! Glad to hear you got into a good university. I'm happy that GCSEs really aren't the be-all-and-end-all!
 
 
 
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