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    I got an A in my higher tier gcse maths. I feel like I sold myself short as I sat the exam a year early but if I want to repeat it I will have to do so in the summer when I will already be sitting 10 other exams (including further maths) so I am reluctant to add 2 more on to that just to try and get a grade I might not even achieve. My maths teacher (along with my friend's teacher at another school) reckons medicine is so competitive these days, particularly in NI, that I will need an A* in maths in order to study it at university. Does anyone know of someone who managed to get a place with only an A grade? And would an A at higher tier maths and further maths be considered more valuable than just an A* at gcse? Any advice is welcome, as I’m really stuck as to what to do. Thank you.
    **PS-Does anyone happen to know if this is the case specifically for Queen’s in Belfast?**
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    I got an A in my higher tier gcse maths. I feel like I sold myself short as I sat the exam a year early but if I want to repeat it I will have to do so in the summer when I will already be sitting 10 other exams (including further maths) so I am reluctant to add 2 more on to that just to try and get a grade I might not even achieve. My maths teacher (along with my friend's teacher at another school) reckons medicine is so competitive these days, particularly in NI, that I will need an A* in maths in order to study it at university. Does anyone know of someone who managed to get a place with only an A grade? And would an A at higher tier maths and further maths be considered more valuable than just an A* at gcse? Any advice is welcome, as I’m really stuck as to what to do. Thank you.
    No you don't. An A is fine.

    PS. I've moved this to the Medicine forum

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    most unis don't look strongly at your GCSES, as long as you pass them all and get at least a B in English and Maths. If you're trying for the more competitive unis, Oxford etc, all A*s are better, but honestly it does not affect your chances much for every other unibersity, A levels are what you should focus on
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    ^A is 100% fine. Med schools don't really prefer one type of GCSE over another anyway as long as you meet the entry requirements so if you get an A* in another subject it's just as good as an A* in Maths.
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    No you don’t. Most unis want just a B.
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