Are my gcses good enough for KCL, Nottingham, Cambridge, UCL, Manchester

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I got my results a few days ago for gcse and they weren’t very good and I feel as though they will disadvantage me because of im thinking of applying to top unis as I want to work in a magic circle firm one day

Art 6
Biology 6
Chemistry 5
English 5 (considering resitting)
Literature 4
History 5
Maths 4 (will resit)
Physics 5
RE 2
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The 2 might hinder you.
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Focus on your alevels, they dont tend to focus overly much on gcses if you excel there.
Although it does rather depend on the course and how over subscribed it is.
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I’m wanting to do law
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I’m wanting to do law
From my experience, my friend got rejected to do Law at both Nottingham and Manchester because he had a 3 in History. But, that's not to say that might happen to you.
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For Law, UCL, KCL and Cambridge are more than 90% likely to not let you in considering your GCSE grades and especially that 2 which you MUST declare!

However Manchester and Nottingham might be forgiving if your AS grades are good and if you have a good personal statement, work experience and reference! Good luck!

I got similar GCSEs (everything 4 and above ranging from a 4 to an A*) but I got into Kings (not for Law, which is more competitive but for Physics)
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What are you hoping to take at A-Level?

Those grades aren't the most competitive, and having one 2 looks terrible, while you should definitely resit the English as well. If you only managed a 5 in English, that doesn't bode well for Law, as it requires an analytical style. Same with the 4 for Literature.

Do you think you'd be able to hack Law at such a competitive university; I'm not trying to be harsh or put you off, but just offer some realism and something to think about.
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I got very similar grades,i am also hoping to study law, are you saying with these grades you can determine if someone is good enough for law?


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I got very similar grades,i am also hoping to study law, are you saying with these grades you can determine if someone is good enough for law?


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There aren't set "these grades are good enough/not good enough for Law" - most applications are considered individually, although your grades aren't very competitive. You've basically got one grade that's a B, and that's in business. It doesn't bode well if you want to go to a competitive university. You've effectively got a selection of Cs and Ds and you want to try and attend one of the top unis for a tough degree?
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What are you hoping to take at A-Level?

Those grades aren't the most competitive, and having one 2 looks terrible, while you should definitely resit the English as well. If you only managed a 5 in English, that doesn't bode well for Law, as it requires an analytical style. Same with the 4 for Literature.

Do you think you'd be able to hack Law at such a competitive university; I'm not trying to be harsh or put you off, but just offer some realism and something to think about.
I think I can do law deffo, I was disadvantaged greatly due to corona and my grades were really downgraded I was getting 7s and 8s at self assessments and little tests in school it’s really **** that I got those grades but I am thinking of re sitting both the English’s, maths and RE. For a levels I’m doing history English language and psychology
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(Original post by Mytek)
I got my results a few days ago for gcse and they weren’t very good and I feel as though they will disadvantage me because of im thinking of applying to top unis as I want to work in a magic circle firm one day

Art 6
Biology 6
Chemistry 5
English 5 (considering resitting)
Literature 4
History 5
Maths 4 (will resit)
Physics 5
RE 2
Your A-Levels will be more important to the Uni's that you have mentioned, so focus on those. I'm not sure how much focus any Uni will put on this year's GCSE results considering the unique circumstances anyway. It's a little uncertain at the moment.
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(Original post by Mytek)
I got my results a few days ago for gcse and they weren’t very good and I feel as though they will disadvantage me because of im thinking of applying to top unis as I want to work in a magic circle firm one day

Art 6
Biology 6
Chemistry 5
English 5 (considering resitting)
Literature 4
History 5
Maths 4 (will resit)
Physics 5
RE 2
cambridge will be tricky as you will be competing with people with 10 9s/8s
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I think I can do law deffo, I was disadvantaged greatly due to corona and my grades were really downgraded I was getting 7s and 8s at self assessments and little tests in school it’s really **** that I got those grades but I am thinking of re sitting both the English’s, maths and RE. For a levels I’m doing history English language and psychology
Fair enough, but you've got to remember that unis will see these grades and those are your set ones. Could you consider resitting a few more as having a 7 in Literature say compared to a 4 is a huge difference.
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(Original post by Mytek)
I think I can do law deffo, I was disadvantaged greatly due to corona and my grades were really downgraded I was getting 7s and 8s at self assessments and little tests in school it’s really **** that I got those grades but I am thinking of re sitting both the English’s, maths and RE. For a levels I’m doing history English language and psychology
No offence, but it'd help greatly to have the correct grammar and spelling.
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i dont think its very fair to judge on this years GCSES
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i dont think its very fair to judge on this years GCSES
That's true, but you can say the same for A-Levels. They're still your grades, and you have the option to resit them if you wish. You can't go to an employer and say "I know I got a 5 but would have got a 9 if I sat it".
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No one is saying they would have gotten a 9, all people, myself inclusive are saying we could have done better. To resit them is not an option, as i want to put all my time towards my A level, so at least i can prove everyone what i could HAVE gotten!
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No one is saying they would have gotten a 9, all people, myself inclusive are saying we could have done better. To resit them is not an option, as i want to put all my time towards my A level, so at least i can prove everyone what i could HAVE gotten!
GCSEs don't matter too much in the long run anyway, but you'll still be judged on the grades you were given this year I'm afraid, fair or not.
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GCSEs don't matter too much in the long run anyway, but you'll still be judged on the grades you were given this year I'm afraid, fair or not.
A levels override!
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A levels override!
Well of course they do, which is why I said GCSEs don't matter too much in the long run? But the point still stands: the grades you've got are the grades you've got, and I doubt they'll be viewed differently because of the circumstances. You'll declare what you have.
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