Can bad GCSEs still have a chance to get into a good uni?

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I didn't get the greatest GCSE results, but not the worst. I passed all my GCSEs but they're not high enough to get into the big universities that i want to aim for. For example, I got a 5 in maths however i want to go onto achieve a BSc in Finance which most universities need a grade 7 or above at GCSE maths. Does the GCSE criteria matter that much?
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You could always re-sit. Make sure to smash out your A-levels and I don't see why they'd turn you down if you have outstanding A-levels but mediocre GCSEs.
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(Original post by JPF6)
I didn't get the greatest GCSE results, but not the worst. I passed all my GCSEs but they're not high enough to get into the big universities that i want to aim for. For example, I got a 5 in maths however i want to go onto achieve a BSc in Finance which most universities need a grade 7 or above at GCSE maths. Does the GCSE criteria matter that much?
Universities firstly look at A level results then the GCSE's in Maths, English and Sciences. If your preferred course depends on a high Maths GCSE result there is no way round it, other than to resit the GCSE. If your A level is below a B grade then think seriously about whether a BSc in Finance is really for you or whether another course would be preferable. However, at this stage, I would suggest resitting the GCSE. However, some of the top universities don't accept GCSE or A level resit results. It would be wise to check the university's criteria for accepting resit results now.
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You could always re-sit. Make sure to smash out your A-levels and I don't see why they'd turn you down if you have outstanding A-levels but mediocre GCSEs.
Generally universities arent too fussed about GCSE results. However where they specify a grade in a set subject if you dont meet it then you are usually automatically rejected.

The course you are looking to study is mathematical based so universities will require a higher grade in GCSE Maths and this is irrespective of how good your A level results. The grade in Maths is what a university thinks you need to complete their course. Your options are to resit your Maths to achieve the grade, look for universities that dont require a higher grade or take a less Mathematocal course.
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Just remember that if you struggled with basic Maths at GCSE level then a Maths heavy subject like Finance is not the best degree - or career - to aim for.
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You could always resit maths privately. Just bang out maths made easy questions and DFM.
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Just remember that if you struggled with basic Maths at GCSE level then a Maths heavy subject like Finance is not the best degree - or career - to aim for.
They didn't say they necessarily struggled, it may have been circumstances etc, nothing's impossible to aim for if they're ready to work hard for it.
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You should retake (and study hard) for GCSE maths. You don't wan't to start a finance degree and struggle. Equally you don't want to give up easily.
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The advice given previously is absolutely correct. Many universities actually require grade A at A level Maths and a 5 at GCSE is not good preparation for that type of course. If someone has a 5 then clearly they have struggled and a less Maths heavy course would appear to be a more sensible option. Giving someone false hope rather than being honest wont help anyone. There is a vast difference between someone getting a 5 and a 7.
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