Will Cambridge look at you with band 6 in English?

My daughter is interested in applying to Cambridge to study HSPS. She was given 7/8/9 at GCSE except in English Language 6
She is currently studying 4 Alevels mainly because she couldn’t decide her subjects with a view to dropping one. At the moment she is loving all four and can’t decide which to drop. Her preliminary predicted grades are three A* abs one A. I emailed the sixth form the let them know she was interested in Cambridge but they have said because of her band 6 they are not sure! Has anyone’s child applied and been accepted if they had a band 6 in one subject?
Thank you
 
With just one grade 6 she will definitely be fine! Definitely tell her to apply.. I assume she is year 12? So her grades were teacher assessed anyway, so don’t worry. Oxbridge look at so many things... GCSE grades are just one thing they look at
 

Paula

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We found out long after applying that Oxbridge candidates need 5 x A* at GCSE which my son did have. His English was 5 with English Lit 7. He's actually very good at English but useless at writing fiction stories of the type assessed at GCSE. He is now at Oxford.
 

Pamela

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Coming to this a bit late. My son got an offer at Cambridge to study maths with a real mixed bag of GCSEs. He got a 9 for maths, A* further maths. 8 for physics, 7 chemistry and biology. But outside of STEM subjects he's lost. He managed to scrape a 4 for English! He did maths, further maths and computer science A Levels.
It is very dependent on the course and I guess the talent for the chosen course. But luckily they don't automatically exclude a student with poor GCSEs.
Long story short, go for it! With their predicted grades the school should definitely be encouraging an application to Cambridge.
 

Paula

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Oxford use an algorithm to predict what the students GCSE grades would have been if they had come through a better high school. So although the requirement is 5 x A* their system can "correct" the grades for students coming from poorer state schools. I assume Cambridge have something similar. This was explained to us at an open day at St Hilda's, Oxford by the head of admissions.
 

Pamela

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Oxford use an algorithm to predict what the students GCSE grades would have been if they had come through a better high school. So although the requirement is 5 x A* their system can "correct" the grades for students coming from poorer state schools. I assume Cambridge have something similar. This was explained to us at an open day at St Hilda's, Oxford by the head of admissions.
That's interesting, that might have benefitted my son.
 

MFW

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Oxford use an algorithm to predict what the students GCSE grades would have been if they had come through a better high school. So although the requirement is 5 x A* their system can "correct" the grades for students coming from poorer state schools. I assume Cambridge have something similar. This was explained to us at an open day at St Hilda's, Oxford by the head of admissions.
I don’t think that’s quite right - or at least it may be for some subjects - but not for all. If you google you can find admissions reports for particular subjects like this one for history https://www.merton.ox.ac.uk/sites/d...s/History Information for Applicants 2019.pdf . It explains the use of contextualised GCSE scores at various stages where they count for 20-50% of the decision. There is no cut off, but dependent on your contextualised GCSEs you will need to do better in other aspects. And there is always a degree of flexibility.

I’d just hate anyone to be put off by thinking this was a hard and fast rule. My son was at a comprehensive, but I wouldn’t have considered it as a poor school, and he might well have been put off by reading this.
 

flora13

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Just in case anyone is reading this in future, my daughter got into a Cambridge college with a 6 in Further Maths and a 7 in Physics, she had an 8 in regular Maths and in the Arts subject she was applying for she had 9s. She attended a high peforming grammar school where lots of students usually get very high grades. Predicted 3 x A stars at A level plus an A star EPQ.
 
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