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I was curious as my teacher told me his friend got denied going to oxford due to not doing a mfl at gcses despite him having amazing grades. Does anyone know whether oxbridge and the high end universities really care if you have taken a MFL at GCSEs please?
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Never heard of that happening, and their website doesn't say anything about needing or even preferring a language GCSE. What were they applying for?
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Never heard of that happening, and their website doesn't say anything about needing or even preferring a language GCSE. What were they applying for?
Unfortunately I'm not too sure as he never specified. Just a bit worried if that would prevent me from going as I'm not taking a MFL
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Unfortunately I'm not too sure as he never specified. Just a bit worried if that would prevent me from going as I'm not taking a MFL
Well that could be important. Like if they were applying for modern languages or linguistics...
also bear in mind this is your teacher's friend? So how long ago might it have been?
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yeah, my teachers told us the same thing. apparently youre not likely to get accepted if you havent passed the EBacc at GCSE.
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When I picked my GCSEs I was told if I wanted to go to Oxbridge then I had to do a language at GCSE. I don’t know whether it’s just suggested or something that you have to of had
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I just got an offer and I didnt take a language. Trust me, it doesn't make a difference
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yeah, my teachers told us the same thing. apparently youre not likely to get accepted if you havent passed the EBacc at GCSE.
That's bs don't listen to them, they are trying to scare you into it
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Well that could be important. Like if they were applying for modern languages or linguistics...
also bear in mind this is your teacher's friend? So how long ago might it have been?
Oh this was probably like 25 years ago lmao. I think my teacher is like in his mid 40s
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yeah, my teachers told us the same thing. apparently youre not likely to get accepted if you havent passed the EBacc at GCSE.
Loooooool.
Yeah complete BS. The reason teachers care about the EBacc is because it's used for school rankings. That's it.

(ok not complete BS in the sense that if you don't get passes in multiple important GCSE subjects then yeah you're not likely to get in. But BS in the sense that you don't actually need that particular combination of subjects)
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That's bs don't listen to them, they are trying to scare you into it
the EBacc is compulsory in my school anyway
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I was curious as my teacher told me his friend got denied going to oxford due to not doing a mfl at gcses despite him having amazing grades. Does anyone know whether oxbridge and the high end universities really care if you have taken a MFL at GCSEs please?
UCL likes you to have a MFL but even there you can workaround it.

A MFL GCSE is NOT a general requirement for Oxford or Cambridge.

(Original post by ~Sara~)
yeah, my teachers told us the same thing. apparently youre not likely to get accepted if you havent passed the EBacc at GCSE.
Ebacc is not a requirement.

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When I picked my GCSEs I was told if I wanted to go to Oxbridge then I had to do a language at GCSE. I don’t know whether it’s just suggested or something that you have to of had
Nope, it's not a thing.
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I was curious as my teacher told me his friend got denied going to oxford due to not doing a mfl at gcses despite him having amazing grades. Does anyone know whether oxbridge and the high end universities really care if you have taken a MFL at GCSEs please?
It used to be a rule but was dropped to help expand access. People just used to cram a language (enough) to get a 'C' before applying. This is no longer a factor.
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Absolute crap.

Just teachers trying to manipulate students into doing the EBacc. (this is a performance measure for schools and has no relevance to the student!!)

Pretty low of them.
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It used to be a requirement for Oxford that you had to have at least one language GCSE. That requirement went out before I even applied though (and that was in 2006), so you're all good
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