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    (Original post by Purdy7)
    I'm a mature student, well into adulthood. Depending on what you want to do, the two MUST grades are AT LEAST a C in both Maths and English language (sorry literature wont count). That is it. Most employees expect those two as a given.

    Now if you are heading into a specific career then maybe a science or the like would be added. This of course doesn't cover college/university entry and you would need to check the specific course and place.

    For a £60K job you would probably need a Honnors Degree, with years of experience to back it up, it definitely isn't a starting wage -the average working amount is £24K. Nor is it a wage you would attain in your early career, but something on average you would get in your 50s etc., and only when you were at the top of your chosen career, a bit like Olympian. £60K is pretty unreachable for most, where as something like £35k would be realistic for a life career. It entirely depends on the degrees you have and job experience as well as the career you choose.

    I would recommend getting the highest feasible grade you can in each of priority career driven subjects, don't worry to much about the others EXCEPT English Language and Maths.

    We have roughly 13 weeks to go to the exams, so plenty time of time to get head down, start revising now, do extreme prep and you've got better chances of getting the grades you want


    PS one thing that will make a difference is the University you go to - so if you get a chance to go to Oxford/Harvard or in the top 5 then go there.
    £60k can be and is a starting wage for a number of jobs.

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    (Original post by xhyper22)
    To remain in 6th form, I just need 4 7s but employers still tend to look at your GCSEs due to no more AS level. If they see GCSEs more, they might reject someone who gets 8s(which are good grades) as opposed to the one who gets 9s. A levels would obviously be looked at but in this scenario lets say they have similar A levels. Correct me if I'm wrong(almost all the time).
    I think that would be very unusual. Lots of employers require at least 5 A-C grades and - far more importantly - have required grades for maths and English (may be grade C may be grade B). For an absolutely top apprenticeship post A levels such as some IT jobs or in finance related fields impressive GCSE grades may matter.

    For some university courses GCSE grades matter a lot. For others less so.

    Edited to add: you should aim high on GCSEs as preparation for A levels and to have a proper choice of courses.
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    (Original post by Princepieman)
    £60k can be and is a starting wage for a number of jobs.

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    Which country is that in? Very, very rare in the UK as a graduate starting salary.
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    (Original post by ajj2000)
    Which country is that in? Very, very rare in the UK as a graduate starting salary.
    Here in the UK It's"rare" but possible.

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    (Original post by Princepieman)
    Here in the UK It's"rare" but possible.

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    Where and of what background? Working for a family company? Sure. Previous work experience at a professional level - fine.

    I doubt there are many cases of normal third party applicants gaining that sort of salary.
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    (Original post by ajj2000)
    Where and of what background? Working for a family company? Sure. Previous work experience at a professional level - fine.

    I doubt there are many cases of normal third party applicants gaining that sort of salary.
    Finance: most people starting in a front office at a bank a.k.a prestigious, revenue generative role will have starting bases between £45-60k with the median at ~£50k. Bonus brings total comp to ~£60-90k first year (outliers at £100k+).

    Quant hedge funds and prop shops: some places pay £60, 80k, 90k bases + decent bonus

    Tech: more sought after tech companies ala Google, FB, Snap, Amazon etc and Bloomberg are around £45-60k base + yearly vesting stock and bonus total comp of ~70-90k. some. Palantir is like £90k base. Some startups as well pay well.

    All new graduate pay.

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    I've known an IT specialist and he only got £72K after years of working, the civil service you would need to be above a Principle grade to get any where close to that. Stock brokers maybe, but considering the AVERAGE working wage is £24K then to expect £60K as a starting wage is outrageous.

    PS I know 2 stock brokers and both aren't working in the field any more, so money isn't everything.
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    I'm thinking about medicine, dentistry, banking, accounting, IT engineering and engineering atm.

    Just a question: Why do we spend 2 years studying for GCSEs if they're not as cracked up as they're to be?
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    (Original post by Purdy7)
    I've known an IT specialist and he only got £72K after years of working, the civil service you would need to be above a Principle grade to get any where close to that. Stock brokers maybe, but considering the AVERAGE working wage is £24K then to expect £60K as a starting wage is outrageous.

    PS I know 2 stock brokers and both aren't working in the field any more, so money isn't everything.
    I think OP meant a job that would reach £60k eventually


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    I've just realised that the thread is all wrong lmao. I was talking about employees when I should have been talking about unis.
    "As a rule of thumb, what GCSE grades do you need to get into a decent university for medicine(e.g. Cambridge)?"
    Now GCSEs will seem more important as when u apply to uni, you only have predicted A levels and GCSEs for unis too look at. Therefore what GCSE grades will look good?
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    (Original post by xhyper22)
    I've just realised that the thread is all wrong lmao. I was talking about employees when I should have been talking about unis.
    "As a rule of thumb, what GCSE grades do you need to get into a decent university for medicine(e.g. Cambridge)?"
    Now GCSEs will seem more important as when u apply to uni, you only have predicted A levels and GCSEs for unis too look at. Therefore what GCSE grades will look good?
    sorry but your question is like asking what jackpot lotto is better: 1 million or 100 million?? just use your brain please.
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    (Original post by xhyper22)
    I know this is controversial and extreme but if you had to base the future entirely on GCSE grades atm, what grades would u say are needed to get a good job(around 60k a year)? Yes I know that it depends on A levels and uni but that's not my question.
    C's are the best for the future.
    I am happy I got the grades I got which were **** at the time but because they changed my mindset A* to B/C it has forced me to think outside the box. Therefore I can happily say that by doing meh at your GCSE's like me while having a good time can lead you to feel angry at yourself for not doing well. This means that you will focus on BUSINESSES and you will take more risks than the A* snobs on TSR therefore I can say you will earn a lot more than 60k.

    So the answer is: 1 A, the rest B/C. imo
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    (Original post by xhyper22)
    Really? I probably know nowhere near the amount u do but my school tells us that unless u get 9s, 8s and 7s( grammar school btw so probably explains it), employers will bin your CV.
    They're lying
 
 
 
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