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(Original post by happysunshine)
If your really as 'clever' as you say you are then by not being a 'geek' and getting 5A*-C's, you will have (I'm about 95% certain) blown your chances of places such as Durham, Bath, Warwick, York, Nottingham and even Oxbridge - where people with A's & B's go, just because you didn't want to be a 'geek' and if you write like that on your personal statement...
how come you said 'even Oxbridge' and not the other way round
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how come you said 'even Oxbridge' and not the other way round
I don't understand you? Are you saying I should have said 'Oxbridge even' or should have put it first on the list of Universities?
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(Original post by happysunshine)
I don't understand you? Are you saying I should have said 'Oxbridge even' or should have put it first on the list of Universities?
Nah just the way you phrased it...it had the connotations that Oxbridge has the least GCSE expectations that's all
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Nah just the way you phrased it...it had the connotations that Oxbridge has the least GCSE expectations that's all
Lol, I suppose it does! I was trying to say that someone with A's and B's at A-Level could even try to apply there, without having straight A's. Never Mind!
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Far too many trolls on this site, "Oooh will my 27 As at A-level get me into University?". Please, getting quite tiresome of people feeling the need to post their grades and even UMS, and in addition to that outline that they're amazingly intelligent. Save it in my opinion.
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(Original post by Petrozzi)
Far too many trolls on this site, "Oooh will my 27 As at A-level get me into University?". Please, getting quite tiresome of people feeling the need to post their grades and even UMS, and in addition to that outline that they're amazingly intelligent. Save it in my opinion.
Maybe as well as having a rep system, we should have a 'do u want a medal button' for people who act like this.
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(Original post by Blamps)
Maybe as well as having a rep system, we should have a 'do u want a medal button' for people who act like this.
Yer, that'd work well.
that or, do you want a punch. (reserved for maskall)
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yeah there r sum right muppets on here.
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yeah there r sum right muppets on here.
like you...
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Yer, that'd work well.
that or, do you want a punch. (reserved for maskall)
or a button esp for Maskall: 'grow some pubes'
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i have 9 D-G grades in mine but im on course for uni (maybe even LSE!) so u dont need C's. ur probably better off no to have anything above D because so many geeks have A*-Cs now.
if u wanna end up on da streets, listen 2 this one
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With extra-curricular activities I think that the universities just want to see that you have some wholesome interests outside your studies -- the nature and level don't matter that much, but something which shows that you would have needed time management skills is always good, plus maybe voluntary work which would show a social conscience. Essentially I think they like to have interesting people and a good (and convincing) list of extra-curric will thus help you, but it certainly wouldn't get you in as MJG seems to think.

As for GCSEs, before taking the exams my school's headmaster told us that as more people get three As at A-level the top unis were taking GCSE grades more seriously, simply because there isn't that much else if they don't want to interview or set their own tests. However he may have simply been trying to scare us into working hard for our GCSEs.
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With extra-curricular activities I think that the universities just want to see that you have some wholesome interests outside your studies -- the nature and level don't matter that much, but something which shows that you would have needed time management skills is always good, plus maybe voluntary work which would show a social conscience. Essentially I think they like to have interesting people and a good (and convincing) list of extra-curric will thus help you, but it certainly wouldn't get you in as MJG seems to think.

As for GCSEs, before taking the exams my school's headmaster told us that as more people get three As at A-level the top unis were taking GCSE grades more seriously, simply because there isn't that much else if they don't want to interview or set their own tests. However he may have simply been trying to scare us into working hard for our GCSEs.
How much would Duke of Edingborough help?
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To what extent do GCSE's affect what university you can apply for?
IMHO it goes something like this...

With 5 A*-C's you can apply pretty much anywhere including Oxbridge (yes people do get in with B's and C's), providing you meet any course requirements. These are often things like "you must have a B in GCSE maths" or "you must have at least a C in GCSE english".

If you have less than the 5 A*-C's then you will still have a chance at getting into a high quality institution but you may have to impress admissions people with some extra-curricular activites and you may want to try and account for your GCSE results not being what they usually expect.
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With extra-curricular activities I think that the universities just want to see that you have some wholesome interests outside your studies -- the nature and level don't matter that much, but something which shows that you would have needed time management skills is always good, plus maybe voluntary work which would show a social conscience. Essentially I think they like to have interesting people and a good (and convincing) list of extra-curric will thus help you, but it certainly wouldn't get you in as MJG seems to think.
I think extra stuff is a lot more important as you get older. During your GCSEs, it's not a big deal to be "form captain" etc, it's just basic experience. For UCAS forms, it's good to get involved in a few things during your time at 6th form / gap year to show you do more than study. It's uni where I think it really matters, where the extra things you do can be almost as valuable as your final degree result.
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unfortunatley, in my opinion, GCSE's are important in the uni selection process. i think this is not always fair because some people *cough cough* only mature after compulsory education and so their GCSE results are not a true reflection of their academic potential. lots of uni's also request a's and b's - not just oxbridge but other highly ranked ones like lse, york, warwick, ucl.
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