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Generally, the answer is yes.But there are inevitable asterisks. Read more for specific examples.Are these results good enough for...Cambridge:
Well, let's see what they say on their website about GCSE results as an entry requirement:
Things to take away from this:
There is no fixed requirement for GCSE results
If you do badly it's not the end of the world
They care more about A-level performance.
Good A-levels can compensate for "less than stellar" GCSEs, but not the other way around.
From personal experience: GCSEs do not act as a safety net if you badly mess up part of your application.So chances are, your results are good enough.Oxford:
The number of times I've heard "Oxford doesn't look at your application unless you have 8 A*s" (or something along those lines) is too damn high, because it is too damn wrong.
To read their full statement on how they view GCSE results, go here
and scroll down. The most important takeaways from this are:
Exception: Medicine at Oxford.
A*s, 8s and 9s are regarded as equal (for now). Someone with 10 8s is not disadvantaged against someone with 10 9s.
Like with Cambridge and every other university in the country, they care about a lot more besides GCSE results
There is a correlation between excellent GCSEs and application success. But then again, that's because of the much more obvious link between GCSE and A-level performance. Someone who excels at A-level, who would consider applying to Oxford or Cambridge would probably have excelled in their GCSEs as well.
When it comes to medicine, Oxford shortlist for interview based on your GCSEs and BMAT scores and they interview a fixed number of applicants every year. The standard of GCSE results for Oxford med is exceptionally
high, and no set of results will ever guarantee you a place.
for statistics on GCSE and BMAT scores. Possible exception: PPE.
According to their admissions statistics which you can read here
, when it comes to shortlisting applicants to interview, GCSE results are given a "high" importance, along with predicted grades and your TSA score.
GCSEs are regarded within the context of the school you were at - whether your results were below average or above average for your school.
But you can also see, the GCSE standards for shortlisting are nowhere near as high as for medicine. People can get in without any A*s at GCSE.Russell Group:Yes. Your results are good enough, because the Russell Group isn't that special.
They may (and may not) ask for a specific grade in maths and/or English (usually between 4 and 6), but other than that they do not care
. For most universities in the Russell Group, the vast majority of applicants get offers.Medicine:
Delicate one this. Medicine is pretty consistent across the country with how hard it is to get in. You could get into Cambridge but be rejected by Anglia Ruskin. Depending on the medical school you apply to, GCSEs may be used (alongside your BMAT/UKCAT score) to shortlist people for interview, due to the generally high standard of A-level predicted grades among applicants. But it's a thorough process and you can expect all parts of your application to be looked at.
Furthermore there's a bit of variation among what med schools want from GCSEs. Some require five 7s/As minimum (e.g. Sheffield, St. Andrews), some only require passes, some don't have any fixed requirements (e.g. Imperial, Newcastle)
There are some pretty excellent resources on TSR about this already so I'll link them in this section:GCSE requirements of medical schools: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/results/gcse/medical-school-gcse-requirementsFAQs of the medicine forum: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/university/courses/medicine/medicine-forum-guide-and-faqs"Are my grades good enough for medicine" megathread: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=5678544Other medicine threads for any other queries: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=5523988
One aspect in which specific GCSE results are useful is when a 6th form places GCSE requirements on taking certain subjects at A-level, but that's up to the school.
Exception: Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health courses.
Loads of A*s/8s/9s can't hurt
But exceptional grades are not a requirement.
Don't neglect the BMAT/UKCAT and don't think of your GCSEs as a safety net.
GCSE requirements vary among medical schools. If your grades are on the edge, choose carefully.
GCSE requirements are set by the professional body, not the university, as the course involves a professional registration at the end of it. Therefore, the GCSE requirements are non-negotiable and must be attained.Any other specified course:In general: yes.
Unless, as mentioned already, there is a specific requirement for a particular grade in a GCSE subject. But if your query is "are these GCSEs good enough for STEM courses" or something along those lines, the answer is yes.
If in doubt, check the university website and check their course page. I get the feeling not enough people do that.
Hope this helped. Also do link this thread to people who have these questions.
If there's wrong info in here (particularly in the medicine section) then please say so.