For many international students enrolled in Britain , the importance of the assessment of GCSE for admission commissions of the country's leading universities is relevant. Practice shows that some universities give this exam and its equivalents a special meaning. Others, on the contrary, assess the level of preparation of the applicant primarily on the basis of the resultsA-level . But in the near future GCSE certificate can get more weight. This is due to the planned separation of the AS level from A. planned in the country's education system
University requirements for GCSE
To date, the GCSE assessment for universities is not entirely clear. Specialists recommend to schoolchildren , who chose the priority university, to know in advance the requirements of the admissions office of this institution for certificates of one type or another.
In modern Britain, the GCSE estimates attach great importance to several universities, among them the prestigious Birmingham University . Here they want to see a high level of students' training in 7 - 11 subjects, confirmed by the corresponding certificate. The university examines the candidacies of applicants who received GCSE grades AB for basic and core subjects.
In Cambridge , the certificate does not have special requirements. Exceptions are the faculties of medicine, veterinary medicine (for admission a level of knowledge is required not lower than C in mathematics, natural science). For arrivals to other destinations, it is more important to assess the A-level orPre-U . One of many, but not the decisive factor in determining academic training and the level of abilities of entrants, the GCSE certificate is considered by specialistsof the University of Sussex . But at the same time there are faculties and programs in the university, for which only the holders of AB scores for this exam are accepted. In Sussex, special requirements for GCSE are made on the lines of psychology, business. Most British universities consider candidacies for applicants who passed exams in natural science, mathematics, and English for an assessment not lower than C.
In the Russell Group universities special requirements are applied to the basic level of training of those wishing to enter the natural and engineering specialties. In particular, the level of knowledge of English should be assessed not lower than V. Attention is drawn by the selection committee directly to profile subjects.
GCSE in English: what to do with a shortage of points?
In manyBritish universities the passing grade in English is C (GCSE). If the level of knowledge of the applicant does not meet the criteria, this should not become an excuse for refusing admission to a priority university. English language courses and / or special preparatory pre-university programs will help you to bring English to the required level. About enrollment in those and others you can find out in the chosen institution.
Modern British universities for the most part do not consider the GCSE results as the only criterion for selecting students. The peculiarity of English education is the orientation towards the potential of the entrant at admission, and not only on the assessments received in the past. Accordingly, everyone has the chances of enrolling in a prestigious program for a prestigious university: and those who have grades below C in GCSE subjects, and those who retake the exam and the best student.