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CS with bad gcse at a good uni possible?

Anyone know anyone who ended up being able to CS at a good university despite have bad gcse grades. People say a lot that gcse don’t matter. But that doesn’t seem to true for a competitive course like CS. Epically at a good university.
What grade do you class as a bad GCSE? And good University and prestigious University don't mean the same thing. It's subjective.

Everyone has a different opinion and experiences to tell about Universities
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Original post by Funtimes01_
What grade do you class as a bad GCSE? And good University and prestigious University don't mean the same thing. It's subjective.

Everyone has a different opinion and experiences to tell about Universities

Like mostly 4-5-6 grade gcse. With maybe like one or 2 good grades. Everyone that seems to apply to CS only have 9-7 grade gcse. My gcse were 887666443. Someone university say what they want while other don’t
What constitutes a "good" university varies depending on the subject and the individual's criteria. However, if we are considering computer science in the context of the Russell Group (RG) or Top 30 rankings, it is commonly expected that applicants have a minimum grade of 6 or higher in mathematics. If the applicant has taken A-Level mathematics, they may not need to have reached the GCSE grade for that subject. It is advisable to check the official website of the university to confirm the entry requirements for the desired subject, as this information is not typically included in general university guides.
What is your definition of a good uni, could you provide some examples?
Take a gap year once you have achieved your a levels. GCSEs are irrelevant at that point
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Original post by Labradoodle1
What is your definition of a good uni, could you provide some examples?

From what i have seen other than imperial lse and oxford i would say bath, Bristol, Southampton top 20 university basically. ( even tho rankings don't matter much.)
Original post by Rainyzack
From what i have seen other than imperial lse and oxford i would say bath, Bristol, Southampton top 20 university basically. ( even tho rankings don't matter much.)


From those, Oxford doesn't put a great emphasis on GCSEs for CS specifically, Imperial just has minimum requirements and don't usually seem to consider GCSEs strongly beyond that to my knowledge, LSE doesn't have a computer science department, and the other three aren't going to be overly picky if you meet their minimum requirements I would anticipate.
Original post by Rainyzack
Like mostly 4-5-6 grade gcse. With maybe like one or 2 good grades. Everyone that seems to apply to CS only have 9-7 grade gcse. My gcse were 887666443. Someone university say what they want while other don’t


You will be fine with those GCSEs provided you have a good Maths grade. Bristol has no GCSE requirements and places like Bath, Exeter and Southampton dont look for high GCSE grades except Maths.

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