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    General question. Are they?

    As long as you get B in Science, English and Maths then the rest won’t really matter.
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    EnglishLang and Maths are. EnglishLit can go suck one
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    It depends somewhat on your perspective and what you plan to do afterwards.

    From a purely qualification achieving point of view, they're pretty meaningless beyond achieving the minimum grade C/equivalent in Maths and English language - which is a government literacy/numeracy target and required for many (most?) jobs as a tick box type thing.

    In terms of applying to university, not much is required beyond this except for medicine and Oxford (not so much Cambridge) and maybe LSE. Some universities may ask for a B in Maths/English Language, and some courses may ask for BB in double science or better (typically this is more for medicine, but some bioscience courses which only nominally require Chemistry may ask for the BB in double science if you don't have Biology at A-level). For medicine they're commonly used as a ranking criteria in determining who to ask to interview, and there may be minimum requirements far in excess of this. Beyond that English, Maths, and Science are usually expected at least to a B or higher.

    More generally, as a foundation for continuing to further academic study in 6th form (e.g. A-level, IB, etc) and hence on to universitiy and what have you later, it is important in developing core transferable academic skills. It is also essential for some subjects which build directly on the content of the GCSEs (STEM subjects generally - anything that builds on the Maths and Science content from GCSE).

    So...it depends on you, really. I wouldn't recommend tanking them intentionally though, if that's the purpose of this thread...

    Apparently uni’s now look at your GCSE results so yeah
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    Basically they're important to get to things like sixth form, but the more qualifications you get the less useful they become (i.e. if you have a degree people likely won't look at them)

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