Grades at GCSE

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Does it matter what grade you get at gcse if you’re aiming for A* at a level. Chemistry, biology and maths
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I would say they do matter to a certain degree, bcz without the required grades at gcse you won't be able to do A Levels. even if u do get not want u were expected at gcse don't let that put you off from ur a levels. just give it your best shot and put in the effort
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I would say they do matter, as GCSE is the foundation for doing any A Level courses. Maths and Chemistry require the GCSE knowledge, or else you might struggle to understand the topics. Just give it your best shot and put in the effort
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Does it matter what grade you get at gcse if you’re aiming for A* at a level. Chemistry, biology and maths
Obviously you'll need whatever requirements your school / college has in order to start the course.

Grades matter insofar as they indicate how much of the GCSE content you understood. If you start A-level maths with a 6 in GCSE, then this usually indicates that you found it difficult to fully grasp all of the GCSE content in the allotted time. If that's the case, then it follows that you'd also find it hard to pick up all the A-level content in the allotted time, especially since the pace increases. You'd also have to consider that getting a 6 at GCSE means you will probably have to relearn some of the GCSE content that you didn't really get the first time around, which students who come in with an 8 or 9 are unlikely to need to do.

Obviously there are exceptions that occur for all sorts of reasons, but typically, you would expect a student who comes in with a lower grade at GCSE to find it very challenging to achieve an A* at A-level.
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Obviously you'll need whatever requirements your school / college has in order to start the course.

Grades matter insofar as they indicate how much of the GCSE content you understood. If you start A-level maths with a 6 in GCSE, then this usually indicates that you found it difficult to fully grasp all of the GCSE content in the allotted time. If that's the case, then it follows that you'd also find it hard to pick up all the A-level content in the allotted time, especially since the pace increases. You'd also have to consider that getting a 6 at GCSE means you will probably have to relearn some of the GCSE content that you didn't really get the first time around, which students who come in with an 8 or 9 are unlikely to need to do.

Obviously there are exceptions that occur for all sorts of reasons, but typically, you would expect a student who comes in with a lower grade at GCSE to find it very challenging to achieve an A* at A-level.
So someone with an 8 at gcse is likely to get an A*?
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So someone with an 8 at gcse is likely to get an A*?
No, not necessarily. But I'd say that in most cases, they've got a better chance than somebody who came in with a 6, because they're starting the course with a pretty strong grasp of the prerequisite knowledge from GCSE.

In my subject, maths, the most obvious difference is that usually people who come in with a higher GCSE grade are confident with manipulating algebra and can do so quickly and without thinking much - this is an essential skill for A-level. A lot of the problems that I notice with students who start the course with a 6 stem from issues with GCSE-level algebra.
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Does it matter what grade you get at gcse if you’re aiming for A* at a level. Chemistry, biology and maths
if you are aiming for uni then some courses do care about your GCSE grades.
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