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I got 1 mark of a 9 in History GCSE, will an 8 affect my chances of Cambridge Anthropology
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As of right now, both Cambridge and Oxford are treating 8/9 grades as equal - no advantage. Whether this changes in the time before you apply is up to them.
If you are really concerned, you can include the closeness of your mark in your SAQ when you apply or ask your UCAS referee to include it. On the whole, GCSE grades form a small part of the application process and the difference between and 8 and a 9 should not hinder your chances, even if Cambridge do decide to start treating a 9 as superior.
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i know you do you go stafford college the best school in the country
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i know you do you go stafford college the best school in the country
Wrong person I think bud
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Wrong person I think bud
don't call me bud, pal
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I got 1 mark of a 9 in History GCSE, will an 8 affect my chances of Cambridge Anthropology
Absolutely not. Universities treat GCSE grades A*, 8 and 9 as equivalent.
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If the grades 8 and 9 are considered equal, why was the new grading system introduced??!!
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If the grades 8 and 9 are considered equal, why was the new grading system introduced??!!
8 and 9 are clearly not equal, but would you prefer the situation where someone applying with an A* in one of the following qualifications was said to have the equivalent of a 9, but someone with a reformed English 8 was said to have a mere 8?
a) an unreformed GCSE from England, Northern Ireland or Wales, or
b) a reformed GCSE from Northern Ireland or Wales, or
c) an IGCSE graded A*-G

In other words, the hierarchy of grades would be
9 or A*
8
7 or A

What you cannot do is insist that a 9 is better than an A*, which has to be bundled together with 8s:
9
8 or A*
7 or A*

This would be unfair to those with qualifications a), b) and c) above as they didn't/don't have the chance to show that their A* is in the top or bottom half of the A* (in other words a 9 or an 8).

I know that doesn't answer your question -- ask Michael Gove what he was thinking at the time! -- but in a mixed economy of GCSE grading systems the only fair way is to postulate these grade equivalencies:
9 or 8 or A*
7 or A
6 or B
5 or 4 or C* or C

This is how Oxford University presents it:
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