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if i remember correct, universities had some system that made the foreing results to correspond the local ones. they have different entrance requirements for foreign students that haven't gone through IB-programme. the leaving certificate is transleted in ones homecountry and then send to the uni with the application. at least when i was searching through the uni in dublin, they had this requirements that one has to achieve when doing the regural finnish education system, which is quite different from the IB one.

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Okay thanks for the input.

Thing is I always thought that universities were more concerned with the results of the A-Levels and/or the IB Diploma rather than the GCSE. Of course they would require you to have gotten a C or above, but.. I just can't see how the GCSE can be AS important as your A-levels or IB Diploma
Competitive courses and leading universities, including Oxbridge, often place more emphasis on GCSE grades than on A-levels or the IB Diploma.

Don't think that GCSEs are everything, but don't believe anyone who says that universities don't look at them... Nobody in my school had a successful application for law, medicine, dentistry or vet science, mainly because their GCSE results were poor, and I wouldn't be suprised if subjects like History and English aren't far behind in competitiveness...

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Okay thanks for the input.

Thing is I always thought that universities were more concerned with the results of the A-Levels and/or the IB Diploma rather than the GCSE. Of course they would require you to have gotten a C or above, but.. I just can't see how the GCSE can be AS important as your A-levels or IB Diploma ..I know some students who didn't care about school much at 16 but pulled themselves together for the IB Diploma and got pretty impressive results.
Anyway I guess it varies with where you want to attend - obviously Cambridge + Oxford have higher requirements for whatever you do before uni.

And just curious - how do they accept students who have never done GCSE/A-Levels? Say they come from Russia where the system is completely different..
Most unis will take into account whichever countries' equivalent to assess your application. If you are trying to get into the top 20 league of unis in the UK, I'm afraid your GCSE results count for more than you think. For example, two people could have stellar A-Level predicted grades but one has poor GCSE results and the other got 10 A*'s - obviously, they will plump for the latter. It really does depend on what course you're going for but it would seem a bit erratic if you went for from flunking GCSE's to getting A's for A-levels. Of course they're not more important than A-Levels because your entrance depends on getting the right A-Level grades but they WILL take your GCSE results into consideration.

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i'm also interested about Central Saint Martins for fashion designing but i'm really unsure about the portfolio. There were already discussions about it but i would like to know, how much they look at persons drawing skill than one being innovative? I feel that i'm not the best drawer but i still do have ideas and sewing skills..

what are the interviews like? are they hard on you and what do they usually want to know? and how to they react on international students?

and what about the London College of Fashion? basically the same questions for it.. i really would like to find the best school there is, that demands lots of its students..
they ask the usual questions.they want you to explain your portfolio. and in the case of you being an internatiopnal student, like me, if you are sending in your portfolio...your portfolio has to be able to explain itself. meaning, with some words...pictures or fabrics...the page itself is understandable. we, as international students, are liked...A LOT. because we pay a whole lot more than home students. but don't think that and random international student can join. you have to have zest. and talent. cause, when they pick you , know this.out of all the people which applied for the course, they picked you because they see quality.they see talent. all those come first. then copme the money. there is no shortage of people with both talent AND money.

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but remember, if you don't get picked, it doesn't mean you don't have talent and confidence

i've been rejected...i don't feel i had anything less than other people who got in. remember, it's art...its all subjective. one college can love you and others not give you the time of day. it's incredibly fickle

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but remember, if you don't get picked, it doesn't mean you don't have talent and confidence

i've been rejected...i don't feel i had anything less than other people who got in. remember, it's art...its all subjective. one college can love you and others not give you the time of day. it's incredibly fickle
AGREED!! i was told my my teacher, once, there was this korean girl who applied for saint martins. she had the crappiest english but, it just happens that the collection she designed RIGHT before the interview was really good, they liked her thought process and loved the end result, the let her in.

it caused an uproar among other students cause everyone had to have learnt english and at least be a little good at it. <Apparently>

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that's exactly what saint martins is like!

i've had super talented friends let down by art schools. you just gotta be strong and apply somewhere else or try again

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thank you so much all of your hints and tips! got to start work on my portfolio and hope for the best

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Hope Everything Goes Well!!!

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What do you think about Leicester University?

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never heard of it...

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never heard of it...
It's in Leicester.

I don't know what you're applying for, but it's hardly an exceptional university for the grades it asks (high). It has no 5* research ratings, and is topped in terms of prestige by plenty of other universities.

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^Sometimes those research ratings aren't the best indicators of a good university though.....

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It's in Leicester.

I don't know what you're applying for, but it's hardly an exceptional university for the grades it asks (high). It has no 5* research ratings, and is topped in terms of prestige by plenty of other universities.
I have heard that too! I hope that my application will be successful ...

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Prince and susie, thanks for clearing that all up.
I think I'll get decent results for my GCSE's, I'm just a bit concerned about my science..but I think I managed a B on that one.

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