domm1
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Hi all,

Last summer I received my GCSE results, and was slightly disappointed to say the least. Annoying as I was part of the 'COVID year', I never actually got the chance to sit my formal exams, and was just predicted the exact equivalent of what I got in my Mocks in March.

So I achieved 988887665, with my 6's being in English Language and English Literature, and my 5 being in French.

I'm aspiring to read Maths at a top university (i.e. Cambridge, Imperial, Warwick, etc.) and am taking Maths, Further Maths, Economics and History at A-Level (aiming for A*A*A*A respectively), but feel my GCSEs are going to ruin my application.

Would you guys argue it'd be a good idea for me to resit English Lang & Lit and French (however I don't actually know when I would)?
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Wow! I'd say those grades are pretty good! Or at least you did far better than I did in High School haha.

In my personal opinion, I don't think it's worth retaking your GCSEs. If you have enough GCSEs to get into your college of choice (or the Sixth Form), then I would continue with that. After secondary education, nobody really looks at what GCSEs you got (unless you failed English or Maths, which you didnt).

Edit: Plus, you mentioned that the grades you were slightly lower in (and they aren't bad, again, thats mostly what I got), aren't related to Maths - the course you want to get into - so I can't see that affecting it anyway.

Granted, I could be wrong, but thats just my two cents.
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It wont make enough difference to make it worth resitting them.
If you meet the basic GCSE Requirements (ie. typically Maths and English) that's enough.

Dont worry about the others - Unis are far more interested in your A level grades and Personal Statement than random GCSE grades.
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