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Oxbridge said they don't distinguish between the two grades as they are both A*s, but how true is this really? Will I struggle if I get 5 grade 8s and 6 grade 9s in GCSEs to get into one of the top universities?
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Universities don't pay much attention to GCSEs. Of course they matter more for top unis but if they're all good (and all 8s and 9s is definitely good) they will definitely not hinder you getting in at all. They will look at your A level grades and personal statement, as well as how you perform in interview to decide if you get in. GCSEs will be quite far down the list.

If anything, just try to get 9s in the subjects you're interested in taking further but even for those, an 8 is a really good grade and wouldn't stop you getting a place at a top uni.
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(Original post by ella.n.)
Universities don't pay much attention to GCSEs. Of course they matter more for top unis but if they're all good (and all 8s and 9s is definitely good) they will definitely not hinder you getting in at all. They will look at your A level grades and personal statement, as well as how you perform in interview to decide if you get in. GCSEs will be quite far down the list.

If anything, just try to get 9s in the subjects you're interested in taking further but even for those, an 8 is a really good grade and wouldn't stop you getting a place at a top uni.
This. You're very unlikely to be in a situation where the difference between you and another candidate is one of you got a 9 and the other got an 8. There are far more important things in your application that the university will consider beforehand. Odds are if you don't get in with 8s, you wouldn't have gotten in with 9s either.
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