Worried about GCSEs for Oxbridge. Watch
I was however disappointed with my English results (I got an 8 in English Literature and a 7 in English language), and my disappointment has been growing since. They may sound good alright at first, but are not what I was aiming for (I was predicted a 9 in Literature and an 8 in Language but was hoping to possibly push a 9 in Language as well as at the time I thought the exam went well, and I worked quite hard for English but clearly that wasn't enough), and are also not so good in comparison to my other grades/ overall GCSE profile. I did get into the sixth form I wanted to get into but I'm now more worried about universities, in particular Oxbridge (as I am considering applying to one for Economics or Maths, not sure which one but I've always wanted to go since Year 7), which I have been told do take GCSE's into consideration when you apply.
I'm worried about my English & French grades disadvantaging my application against other candidates with straight 9's which I failed to get (my anxiety about this has been growing rather than decreasing recently and I thought that engaging a lot in my new Sixth form would help/ take my mind off it but it hasn't). What I'm asking is, is it true that my lowest 3 grades (especially the 7's), could disadvantage an Oxbridge application, regardless of how I do at A level (I'm hoping to get 4 A*'s to make up for those subjects)?
I do know by the way that Cambridge & Oxford do have slightly different policies towards GCSEs so if you can tell me from experience how it works for one/both that would be appreciated.