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Good A levels bad GCSEs?

I’m in Year 12 and am predicted A*A*A*A* in bio, chem, physics and maths
My GCSEs where not great
Bio:9
Maths:9 ( retake but 8 originally)
Chem:9
Physics:9
Further maths:9
Eng lang:9
Eng lit:9 ( retake but 8 originally)
Computing:9( retake but 8 originally)
Drama:8
Art:7
Rs: 7
I do realise these are good results but I originally wanted to go to Cambridge to study medicine but my mental health was so **** during my GCSEs idk what was wrong with me. I know I won’t be able to go to Cambridge now but does Cambridge accept GCSE resits or does it put me at a risk ?
Btw pls don’t come at me Ik my GCSEs are not ‘bad’ they are just bad for Cambridge medicine as the average successful applicant has 10 9s
Original post by Anonymous
I’m in Year 12 and am predicted A*A*A*A* in bio, chem, physics and maths
My GCSEs where not great
Bio:9
Maths:9 ( retake but 8 originally)
Chem:9
Physics:9
Further maths:9
Eng lang:9
Eng lit:9 ( retake but 8 originally)
Computing:9( retake but 8 originally)
Drama:8
Art:7
Rs: 7
I do realise these are good results but I originally wanted to go to Cambridge to study medicine but my mental health was so **** during my GCSEs idk what was wrong with me. I know I won’t be able to go to Cambridge now but does Cambridge accept GCSE resits or does it put me at a risk ?
Btw pls don’t come at me Ik my GCSEs are not ‘bad’ they are just bad for Cambridge medicine as the average successful applicant has 10 9s

i cant help you but i wanted to ask how did you manage to resit english lit?
Reply 2
Original post by Aaywad123
i cant help you but i wanted to ask how did you manage to resit english lit?

I retook it about 3 weeks ago in a private exam centre - I’m just assuming I got a 9 because it was dead easy
Original post by Anonymous
I retook it about 3 weeks ago in a private exam centre - I’m just assuming I got a 9 because it was dead easy

yh it was easy tbh but i thought the only subjects u could resit were lang and maths
Reply 4
Original post by Aaywad123
yh it was easy tbh but i thought the only subjects u could resit were lang and maths
You can only resit maths and English language in November - but you can resit any other gcse in the summer
i didnt know that thanks
Don't universities only take into consideration your top 8 GCSE's anyway?
You have 9's in your top 8 so you'd be a good applicant to apply to even Oxford with those grades.
And your predicted a-levels are good too, congrats!
You could apply to Cambridge or even a more competitive university with those grades, I know someone who applied abroad to Harvard and got in for Medicine there with some lower GCSE's so you're fine.
Original post by Anonymous
I’m in Year 12 and am predicted A*A*A*A* in bio, chem, physics and maths
My GCSEs where not great
Bio:9
Maths:9 ( retake but 8 originally)
Chem:9
Physics:9
Further maths:9
Eng lang:9
Eng lit:9 ( retake but 8 originally)
Computing:9( retake but 8 originally)
Drama:8
Art:7
Rs: 7
I do realise these are good results but I originally wanted to go to Cambridge to study medicine but my mental health was so **** during my GCSEs idk what was wrong with me. I know I won’t be able to go to Cambridge now but does Cambridge accept GCSE resits or does it put me at a risk ?
Btw pls don’t come at me Ik my GCSEs are not ‘bad’ they are just bad for Cambridge medicine as the average successful applicant has 10 9s

that's so good omg, i take the same a levels but am really struggling with physics right now, what's your advice to getting a good grade?
💀 not bad GCSEs even for Oxford. I’m honestly so confused why you resat some which were an 8 because Cambridge don’t even use GCSEs for medicine shortlisting 😭😭😭😭😭.

But I just wouldn’t worry about your GCSEs. Just worry about getting a 2950-3000+ in the ucat (very very difficult). Cambridge don’t care about the SJT as well.
(edited 1 month ago)
Original post by Anonymous
I’m in Year 12 and am predicted A*A*A*A* in bio, chem, physics and maths
My GCSEs where not great
Bio:9
Maths:9 ( retake but 8 originally)
Chem:9
Physics:9
Further maths:9
Eng lang:9
Eng lit:9 ( retake but 8 originally)
Computing:9( retake but 8 originally)
Drama:8
Art:7
Rs: 7
I do realise these are good results but I originally wanted to go to Cambridge to study medicine but my mental health was so **** during my GCSEs idk what was wrong with me. I know I won’t be able to go to Cambridge now but does Cambridge accept GCSE resits or does it put me at a risk ?
Btw pls don’t come at me Ik my GCSEs are not ‘bad’ they are just bad for Cambridge medicine as the average successful applicant has 10 9s
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