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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.  Be aware that this isn't the case for all universities and courses, but it is certainly for more 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.

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