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    (Original post by python38)
    Hi,

    I'm a homeschooled student applying to university this autumn; I have 3 As at A-level (Maths, Further Maths and Physics) but I never took my GCSEs - I just went straight onto my A-levels. However, I recently found out that a lot of universities, like Imperial, require a GCSE in English Language or something.

    Is it too late to take any GCSEs before 15th October (the Cambridge deadline)? And has anyone ever recieved an offer conditional on GCSE results?

    Thanks.
    Yes. Wait a year. Join a college or long distance course. Even the lower unis ask for English and Maths GCSEs and 5 GCSEs A*-C. You'll need to take 5 GCSEs at least, and aim for A*s.

    P.S. It's Cambridge. What do you think about the GCSE results... lol
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    GCSE results are necessary, yes. Therefore, you'll have to wait 'til next year given that the next English examination series is in November after the Cam deadline.
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    I think you might actually be OK if you talk to them, but you'd have to ask them and explain your situation. You usually need Maths, English and Science GCSE. You obviously can do Maths and Science, so it's just the English, but they might take the interview and personal statement as proof of your skills. Doesn't hurt to ask.

    We had this guy come into college for like a UCAS application day, and he worked for either Oxford or Cambridge (I can't remember which, I wasn't interested at the time) and he gave us 2 UCAS transcripts and asked us to choose between them. There was one guy with 11 A* and 4 A and another with AAAB and 1 GCSE (he was homeschooled) and most people chose the former but the Oxbridge application guy said that no, he would give the 2nd one an interview.
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    (Original post by python38)
    Darn :/.

    Where do I find the GCSE requirements for Cambridge? I actually wasn't aware that the top universities required anything other than A-levels (two of my siblings went to Warwick, and one went to Oxford, to study Maths with no GCSEs, although this was around ten years ago.)
    You can find it with a simple search on google - this might come in somewhat handy as well.


    (Original post by python38)
    I've emailed the universities regarding this, but some of them obviously do have GCSE requirements - I suppose universities don't give conditional GCSE offers? (I'd actually be 16 next year, so I would still be in the age group at which most people take their GCSEs.)
    You've done A-levels at 15 but not GCSEs? :lolwut:
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    To be honest if you're going to be that young anyway then I'd hang about and take the GCSEs just for something to do while you grow up a bit. University at 16 would be rubbish. You couldn't join in with any of the socialising (even if you're not bothered about drinking a lot of the pubs in Oxford won't let you in esp during freshers week without ID so you miss out on lots of the hanging-out-and-chatting) and tbh a lot of people would just find it a bit weird hanging out with you. For some reason everyone copes with mature students fine but younger students are just a bit weird. Plus you'd miss out on all the moving out with people and stuff, because you wouldn't be 18 in time to sign a lease, so you'd end up having to live in halls in your 2nd year. Obviously there's studying and things to think about too - but why resign yourself to being excluded from so much socially.
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    (Original post by python38)
    Hi,

    I'm a homeschooled student applying to university this autumn; I have 3 As at A-level (Maths, Further Maths and Physics) but I never took my GCSEs - I just went straight onto my A-levels. However, I recently found out that a lot of universities, like Imperial, require a GCSE in English Language or something.

    Is it too late to take any GCSEs before 15th October (the Cambridge deadline)? And has anyone ever recieved an offer conditional on GCSE results?

    Thanks.
    everyone should have at least C grade in english language and maths, i think

    higher for some courses

    its too late to take gcses before 15th october as the next sitting is november for them as far as i am aware
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    How have you managed Maths and further Maths and Physics at A level at 14/15??? wow.lol. yes, it should tell you in most prospectuses for unis about what GCSE's they want
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    take another couple of years to do GCSE's, and leave uni for a while

    i took my A-levels a year early and looked into doing university a year early, but most universities (such as cambridge) feel you are not mature enough to cope with the course and the lacking social life
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    Universities are increasingly unwilling to accept younger students, so you might find that even with GCSEs you would be rejected because of your age. This is something else that needs serious consideration (i.e. email prospective universities) before applying.
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    (Original post by python38)
    Hi,

    I'm a homeschooled student applying to university this autumn; I have 3 As at A-level (Maths, Further Maths and Physics) but I never took my GCSEs - I just went straight onto my A-levels. However, I recently found out that a lot of universities, like Imperial, require a GCSE in English Language or something.

    Is it too late to take any GCSEs before 15th October (the Cambridge deadline)? And has anyone ever recieved an offer conditional on GCSE results?

    Thanks.
    Just outa interest, y were u homeschooled when state education is free?
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    (Original post by python38)
    Thanks for the link, but I just re-read the reply I got from Cambridge:



    Sorry, I should've looked more carefully. Obviously, a lot of other universities require GCSEs, though, so it'd still make sense to take them.

    I'm also applying to some American universities, so I'm taking some of their qualifications (SAT Subject Tests) in a range of subjects like Biology, Chemistry, and English Literature this autumn. I'll have to list these on the UCAS application - do you think these would count as "alternative qualifications"?



    Well, because I was homeschooled, it meant I could take my A-levels without first doing my GCSEs (although I had to arrange to take them as a private candidate at a nearby school.)

    I've considered taking an extra few years before I go to university, but I don't see how I'd be missing out on all that much (besides maybe taking my GCSEs) - I wouldn't like to go out drinking and clubbing anyway, it doesn't really appeal to me.
    it may sound harsh, but most people at the university will be alot older thatn you may find it difficult forming a social group when they want to go out but you couldn't

    like i said some universities may feel your not ready at your age to handle university life, especially as your only just legal (stage) school leaving age.

    it can be difficult gaining a loan for university if your under 18, so finance may be difficult
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    (Original post by A Stranger in Moscow)
    We had this guy come into college for like a UCAS application day, and he worked for either Oxford or Cambridge (I can't remember which, I wasn't interested at the time) and he gave us 2 UCAS transcripts and asked us to choose between them. There was one guy with 11 A* and 4 A and another with AAAB and 1 GCSE (he was homeschooled) and most people chose the former but the Oxbridge application guy said that no, he would give the 2nd one an interview.
    WTBF? Why and how? :lolwut:

    Umm, OP, I say phone up Cambridge and see if you can still be accepted even without GCSEs as they might overlook it because of your situation.
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    (Original post by im so academic)
    WTBF? Why and how? :lolwut:

    Umm, OP, I say phone up Cambridge and see if you can still be accepted even without GCSEs as they might overlook it because of your situation.
    Because their personal statement was better, and to get their AAAB they had to teach themselves?
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    (Original post by wizz_kid)
    Just outa interest, y were u homeschooled when state education is free?
    At which state school do 15 year olds get 3 As at A2?
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    OP, have you phoned up the admissions people, and asked them about this?
    I know some places make special allowances for homeschoolers.

    To be honest though, I personally wouldn't go to uni just yet, if I were you. As other people have said, the experience won't be anywhere as good as it could be if you go now. I'd wait a bit and go with your own age group, and do the GCSE(s) in the meantime. Have you thought about travelling, or something similar? It would be like taking a gap year, but still allow you to start uni at 18.
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    (Original post by Spanghew)
    At which state school do 15 year olds get 3 As at A2?
    Loads.
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    That is a massive shame about missing the Cambridge deadline.
    Why ever didn't you sit GCSE's, OP? It really would have made all of your studies at Secondary School level have a point.
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    i have a friend who got into oxford with a levels but no GCSEs
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    I lived in Italy when all the English students took their GCSEs, so I haven't taken them. I'm doing my A levels now and will be applying along with you guys in a few weeks to uni. And in November I'll be taking Maths and English GCSEs, on top of A levels and an Open University Course.
    On UCAS I'll put the GCSEs as pending, my referee will explain my circumstances and I will also in my PS.
    I've emailed the unis I'm interested in and they all say as long as I will be taking what I need (Maths and English) then, given my situation, they understand. Of course they would, why wouldn't they? Just because someone lived in another country, or was homeschooled (which I have also been for two years, before moving to Italy) doesn't give someone the rite to prohibit further education!

    GLASGOW DOESN'T NEED GCSEs BY THE WAY, THEY SAID VIA EMAIL.......
 
 
 
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