what if u fail ur gcses but get good a-level results? would russel group unis overlook ur gcse results? how much wll bad gcses hold u back?
GCSE results will sometimes affect whether you get into sixth form.
They can also affect whether you recieve uni offers. You need English and Maths.
Some unis and courses state you need certain GCSEs and some will require a 6 in English and Maths.
Some unis will require 5 GCSEs.
In general GCSE requirements are quite low, but they are sometimes used to trigger unconditional offers if you do really well. Lots of 7+ results.
For some unis and courses the average candidate will do very well.
On some Medicine courses GCSE are extremely important.
In most cases A levels and predicted grades are by far the most important factor. Much more so than GCSE.
Make sure you get 6+ in subjects you wish to study at A level.
Make sure you get 6+ in English and Maths.
If you have a target course, then check if it has a GCSE requirement.
In most cases and for most courses if you do your research you can get by with quite low min GCSE because A levels are by far the most important entrance criteria.
Aim to get at least the above.
If you do absolutely terribly then ask to resit the year. It just sounds like its anxiety and have no idea if its well founded or not. For the moment do your best and deal with results later. Bearing in mind the above advice and if you have to choose, then focus on the above GCSE and possibly abandon ones outside that core group.
Also, if you fail your GCSES, you might not have the passion or work ethic to even do well in A-Level. You’d need to put in way more work than you’d expect to go from a GCSE 5 to an A-Level B/A.
However, to answer your question, if you do end up flopping GCSES, no they aren’t that important compared to A-Level grades. Some universities do require a certain GCSE grade for certain courses though like Medicine or Economics. Don’t aim to fail though, it won’t do you any good.
Best of luck x