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I applied to King's but didn't meet their GCSE requirements (they require a 6 in GCSE maths and I got a 5), do you think they'll still consider me?
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Most likely not. GCSE requirements are one of the things universities are very inflexible over. Additionally for this particular requirement for this particular subject area, it is probably not an arbitrary requirement; there is a lot of statistics work in a psychology degree and they need to know that incoming students will have enough quantitative and mathematical skills to cope with that, hence the requirement for a 6. It's quite likely that in their experience students admitted with less than that have struggled a lot on the course and potentially failed or dropped out at higher rates than those with grades of 6 or above in GCSE Maths, so they require students to have above that to make sure the ones they do take on the course can do well on it.

However if you are planning to retake that GCSE and have listed it as something you are going to be retaking this year they will probably consider you with a conditional offer of getting a 6 in GCSE Maths retake along with whatever A-level conditions they add.
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Most likely not. GCSE requirements are one of the things universities are very inflexible over. Additionally for this particular requirement for this particular subject area, it is probably not an arbitrary requirement; there is a lot of statistics work in a psychology degree and they need to know that incoming students will have enough quantitative and mathematical skills to cope with that, hence the requirement for a 6. It's quite likely that in their experience students admitted with less than that have struggled a lot on the course and potentially failed or dropped out at higher rates than those with grades of 6 or above in GCSE Maths, so they require students to have above that to make sure the ones they do take on the course can do well on it.

However if you are planning to retake that GCSE and have listed it as something you are going to be retaking this year they will probably consider you with a conditional offer of getting a 6 in GCSE Maths retake along with whatever A-level conditions they add.
Update: I ended up getting a conditional offer and I've made it my firm choice!
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Update: I ended up getting a conditional offer and I've made it my firm choice!
Congratulations Does the conditional offer specify any GCSE grades, or is it just based on your A-levels? It's unusual for unis to overlook GCSE requirements in that way so they must've been quite impressed with the rest of your application if only based on your A-levels!
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Congratulations Does the conditional offer specify any GCSE grades, or is it just based on your A-levels? It's unusual for unis to overlook GCSE requirements in that way so they must've been quite impressed with the rest of your application if only based on your A-levels!
Thank you! They only require AAB A-Level grades from me! I was very shocked myself. I did put a lot of effort towards my personal statement and apparently I had good references - I guess they saved me!
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