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    So, I'm wondering whether a larger number of GCSE with the same number of A*s looks better or worse. I'm looking at Oxford PPE as a very hopeful first choice. I only took ten GCSEs, and received 8 A*s and 2A s. Now, I'm often hearing about people who took, say, 12 or 13 GCSEs and wondered if these are a help or a hindrance, purely in terms of results. Would Oxford be more or less impressed with 8 A*s and 2 As as opposed to, say 8 A*s and 5 As? You could say that the larger number of exams shows a more impressive array of skills and harder work, but there's also a far lower PROPORTION of grades at A*. What do you guys think?
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    (Original post by Leon_Baratheon)
    So, I'm wondering whether a larger number of GCSE with the same number of A*s looks better or worse. I'm looking at Oxford PPE as a very hopeful first choice. I only took ten GCSEs, and received 8 A*s and 2A s. Now, I'm often hearing about people who took, say, 12 or 13 GCSEs and wondered if these are a help or a hindrance, purely in terms of results. Would Oxford be more or less impressed with 8 A*s and 2 As as opposed to, say 8 A*s and 5 As? You could say that the larger number of exams shows a more impressive array of skills and harder work, but there's also a far lower PROPORTION of grades at A*. What do you guys think?
    I wouldnt be overly concerned. they have a tougher policy than Cambridge, but by the time you get to that level, then things like PS, interview, extra currics, entrance exam and reference come into play.

    Doonesbury will have a better idea. You also cnat change it. Just put the best app in you can.



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    (Original post by Leon_Baratheon)
    So, I'm wondering whether a larger number of GCSE with the same number of A*s looks better or worse. I'm looking at Oxford PPE as a very hopeful first choice. I only took ten GCSEs, and received 8 A*s and 2A s. Now, I'm often hearing about people who took, say, 12 or 13 GCSEs and wondered if these are a help or a hindrance, purely in terms of results. Would Oxford be more or less impressed with 8 A*s and 2 As as opposed to, say 8 A*s and 5 As? You could say that the larger number of exams shows a more impressive array of skills and harder work, but there's also a far lower PROPORTION of grades at A*. What do you guys think?
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    I wouldnt be overly concerned. they have a tougher policy than Cambridge, but by the time you get to that level, then things like PS, interview, extra currics, entrance exam and reference come into play.

    Doonesbury will have a better idea. You also cnat change it. Just put the best app in you can.



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    (Original post by Leon_Baratheon)
    So, I'm wondering whether a larger number of GCSE with the same number of A*s looks better or worse. I'm looking at Oxford PPE as a very hopeful first choice. I only took ten GCSEs, and received 8 A*s and 2A s. Now, I'm often hearing about people who took, say, 12 or 13 GCSEs and wondered if these are a help or a hindrance, purely in terms of results. Would Oxford be more or less impressed with 8 A*s and 2 As as opposed to, say 8 A*s and 5 As? You could say that the larger number of exams shows a more impressive array of skills and harder work, but there's also a far lower PROPORTION of grades at A*. What do you guys think?
    I wouldn't worry too much about GCSE's at this point. At the start of the year, I was run that mindset that my GCSE's would ruin my chances of going to a good university. Remember that the process isn't just your GCSE grades. You have the personal statement, your predicted A-Level grades, your teacher's reference, the admissions test and the interview. Don't be discouraged. You have got strong GCSE grades. Some people will have taken more, but there will be people who have taken less. As the above poster said, you can't change your GCSE's now, but you can focus on doing well in your A-Levels and producing a strong application
 
 
 
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