Looks like this specification has really dropped recently - many unis have dropped the need for a GCSE Language!
Apparently this is due to the dropping amount of Language GCSE candidates in state schools.
So my question is, does any university still bark out the need for one?
I think Edinburgh might... not sure, though. It's probably still preferred for a prospective student to have a GCSE in a language, even if it isn't required. But I don't know.
I'm sure I know someone who was asked for one for Law, likely at Edinburgh. As she hadn't sat the equivilent exams (she had moved over from Ireland before she had the chance to sit) I think they let her off.
I have no GCSE Modern Language. And 4 of my options are at top 20 unis. For English. Yikes.
And just to stir in some debate, I think more unis should ask for it. Modern Languages seem to be becoming undervalued nowadays and they need to be given more emphasis.
No one cares. I have none.
Edinburgh make a big deal about it...not sure about others.
Any Irish uni, shouldn't really be an issue for you though. I agree, I think you should have to prove you're a good all-rounder for university. Irish students must present Irish, English, Maths and another language for some unis, others require either Irish or the other language and Emglish and Maths.
The majority of the ones I'm looking at (for Anthropology) want a GCSE modern language, science and english, so yes, but I don't know about other subjects. But it's no where near the majority of all universities so if you don't want to do one it's not going to hinder you as much as teachers make out.
Edinburgh requires you to have one to be considered for a place in degree programmes in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. In sciences they don't ask for it.