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I sadly received quite disappointing GCSE grades, with 3 7's (English Lit, Lang and Maths), 4 6's, 4 5's and an E in additional maths. My current A-levels are Chemistry, Biology and Maths (also did an EPQ) but I was wondering if my GCSE grade would stop me from getting into King's even if I manage to get the required grades in A-levels (or more)?
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1) Have you actually looked on the course page to see if there is any specific GCSE requirement?
2) You application will be assessed by more than just grades - your Personal Statement.
3) You have 4 other choices - and there are plenty of other Universities offering Chemistry.
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As above, look to see if they even assess your GCSEs when applying; I strongly suspect they don't really use them much other than specific grades for English language/maths, except maybe for medicine and/or dentistry there. Also KCL isn't an especially well known chemistry department as far as I'm aware so I doubt they will be that stringent anyway.
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(Original post by McGinger)
1) Have you actually looked on the course page to see if there is any specific GCSE requirement?
2) You application will be assessed by more than just grades - your Personal Statement.
3) You have 4 other choices - and there are plenty of other Universities offering Chemistry.
I have looked on the the course page and I can't see anything about GCSE requirements. However, I haven't heard many King's students with GCSE grades that are similar to mine and are usually all A* and A's.
I do understand that other aspects of my application will be assessed too and I hope to do the best I can to present an admirable personal statement since King's is my desired University to attend.
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(Original post by artful_lounger)
As above, look to see if they even assess your GCSEs when applying; I strongly suspect they don't really use them much other than specific grades for English language/maths, except maybe for medicine and/or dentistry there. Also KCL isn't an especially well known chemistry department as far as I'm aware so I doubt they will be that stringent anyway.
Their page don't say anything about assessing GCSE's, which is great but I fear they won't put in much consideration regardless of my A-levels as I've heard they only take students that have consistent good grades. However, if the chemistry department aren't too strict about GCSE's grades that's great. Thank you.
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Their page don't say anything about assessing GCSE's, which is great but I fear they won't put in much consideration regardless of my A-levels as I've heard they only take students that have consistent good grades. However, if the chemistry department aren't too strict about GCSE's grades that's great. Thank you.
I think you're overthinking it, I would be very surprised if that was the case. Bear in mind even Cambridge doesn't really care about GCSEs (and Oxford only does because their research shows it correlates to better success on their own degree programmes, while LSE use them just because they get so many applications and don't interview they need some other measure to distinguish between applicants), so it's really not a big thing.
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It may be an indicator, simply for the reasons that they would feel if you can't a*s at GCSE you would struggle at a level. But all you can do is try!
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87% of applicants to BSc Chemistry at King's get an offer. And that's even higher for MSci. If you have the right predicted grades, relax.
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