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How GCSEs are viewed by universities

How your GCSE grades can affect the courses and universities you can apply to.

Many universities will look at your GCSE grades when deciding whether to offer you a place on their course. They used to look at AS level grades but most students do not do this qualification any more so they are paying more attention to GCSEs. Be aware that this isn't for all universities and courses, but it is certainly the case for competitive courses.

Some university courses - like sciences, medicine and nursing - will be looking for specific GCSEs in the science subjects with certain grades. Find out all you need to know on informed choices where you can see what subjects would be useful for what degree (this information is only for some unis, not all are included on this site) or look at degree courses here and find out what the course requirements are.

For example for

  • Medicine at the University of Manchester - for Medicine the entry requirements are 7 GCSEs at grade 7, including English Language, & Maths with at least two science subjects at grade 6
  • Psychology at the University of Bath asks for 'a strong set of GCSEs, such as grade A*/8 or 9 in at least five relevant GCSEs or grade A/7 in the majority of GCSEs.  

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