rjgekgr
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I want to do history at Cambridge but am worried about my grades...

For GCSE I got 9999877777 and am predicted A*AA

I know my predicted are good but am not sure about my GCSEs. Also, I recently went to a talk by Cambridge uni and they said that you should be applying with higher predicted grades than that of the entry requirements (so I would need A*A*A)to make a competitive application which I obviously don't have.

Could anyone give any insight into this?? Is there any point in applying or am I just wasting my time?
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apply anyway, I'm sure they are more interested in the student you are now rather than the student you were a few years ago when you did your GCSEs. As long as you meet the grades and show the interest in the subject that they like to see, you might have a good enough chance of getting in. And at least if you do apply, you'll know whether or not you would've got in, otherwise you'll always be wondering. Best of luck to you.
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You need your predicted grades to meet the standard offer to be reasonably offered an interview - after that point the main focus will probably be the interview itself. GCSEs are not weighed especially heavily by Cambridge, and you have good GCSEs anyway generally speaking.

Since you meet the standard offer with your predicted grades (and are presumably taking A-level History), I don't see any reason to not apply. History is also not one of the especially competitive courses at Cambridge; over a third of applicants usually get offers, and of those most achieve the offers too.
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