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how rigid on this are universities that list this requirement? i'm scoping out my options right now while studying an access to HE course, i have my pass in English already and i plan on retaking maths before university too, but i'm worried that these "five passes at GCSE grade C or above" requirements might screw me over. i screwed up my GCSEs in secondary and i'm only just really salvaging my education with this access course. by the time i complete this access course i should have 2 passes total -- would this suffice for degree courses?

if it helps, the access course i am doing is humanities/social sciences and my areas of interest at university are politics/history/philosophy. i am fond of blending economics into one of them through a joint or combined honours degree course, too, which to my surprise seem to be available without requiring a level maths.
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Since you’re doing the access course, it would be best if you contact the uni about your situation and the problem about your GCSEs and how to deal with them.
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Usually Unis stating GCSE requirements mean it, and usually if you dont have what they want ('A in Maths' or '5 GCSE at C or above') then you will be rejected. However, Unis are also usually a little bit more flexible for mature applicants - you have the vital ones, Maths ad English, so its possible that they might not insist on this requirement.

Where are you thinking of applying - not all Unis will insist on this for all courses anyway.
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Usually Unis stating GCSE requirements mean it, and usually if you dont have what they want ('A in Maths' or '5 GCSE at C or above') then you will be rejected. However, Unis are also usually a little bit more flexible for mature applicants - you have the vital ones, Maths ad English, so its possible that they might not insist on this requirement.

Where are you thinking of applying - not all Unis will insist on this for all courses anyway.
at the moment i've been looking at kent/essex/reading
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at the moment i've been looking at kent/essex/reading
And do they all say specifically that they want '5 GCSEs at C or above' or are you just assuming that they do?
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And do they all say specifically that they want '5 GCSEs at C or above' or are you just assuming that they do?
kent and essex seem to have a 5 GCSE pass in explicit writing for their general entry requirements, reading doesn't. i've contacted the ones that don't to ask about my situation but i wanted to see if anyone on here had experience they could share anyway
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Email them and explain why you only have 2 GCSEs - see what they say.
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how rigid on this are universities that list this requirement? i'm scoping out my options right now while studying an access to HE course, i have my pass in English already and i plan on retaking maths before university too, but i'm worried that these "five passes at GCSE grade C or above" requirements might screw me over. i screwed up my GCSEs in secondary and i'm only just really salvaging my education with this access course. by the time i complete this access course i should have 2 passes total -- would this suffice for degree courses?

if it helps, the access course i am doing is humanities/social sciences and my areas of interest at university are politics/history/philosophy. i am fond of blending economics into one of them through a joint or combined honours degree course, too, which to my surprise seem to be available without requiring a level maths.
Hi there!
So pleased to hear you're considering applying to the University of Kent
From what I can find on the website the entry requirements do ask for 5 passess at GCSE, but it could definitely be worth contacting the Recruitment and Admissions department and asking them about this, as if you meet their A-level entry requirements there is a fair chance you could still be accepted Here is the contact information webpage for the Recruitment and Admissions department at Kent.
I hope this helps! Best of luck with your university applications
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