Dear University of Cambridge,
Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I kindly request you to release your policy for the use of GCSE qualifications in the admissions process.
More specifically, I was wondering whether you will consider a GCSE grade 8 as equivalent to a 9 (in the sense that they are both A*, with no higher weighting given to a 9 over 8) in the upcoming admissions cycle, as I have received conflicting information from your representatives on the phone. For example, would you consider an applicant with 10 8s as equivalent to an applicant with 10 9s (as Oxford would), or would you consider the one with 10 9s as superior (like St Andrews does), assuming the other parts of their application were the same?
In addition, if the policy varies by course, could you give the information relevant to BSc Economics. Furthermore, please could you ensure the information is undoubtedly correct, as many students may use this as a guideline for whether to apply or not (and on that note, I believe you should state it on your website).
This is to acknowledge receipt of your request for information. Your reference number is given in the subject line of this email. We will respond on or before 8 August 2019.
Freedom of Information Office
University of Cambridge
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