12.5- in my school everyone did maths, English lang, English lit, 3 sciences, 1 language, 1 technology (although there were exceptions to the languages and technology if you really hated them) and 3 other subjects, plus optional short course R.E.
I go to a Grammar school but even so I'm not sure whether its a good idea to push everyone to do so many subjects. I nearly gave up D.T because I found the coursework so time-consuming and I seemed to be always behind with it, I struggled with it, got really good marks in the coursework and didn't know anything in the exam (we weren't taught any theory) so got an A overall, whereas I got an A* in everything else. Still worth the stress I guess, I enjoyed it sometimes.
I also did Music early in year 8- although that sounds like I'm showing off or geeky, I don't think GCSEs on their own are very hard at all, without much homework or coursework or of course other GCSEs to revise for I just carried on learning pieces in my lessons, composed 2 or 3 pieces and didn't learn much theory but got 50%-odd in the listening exam and an A overall.
I took 12 subjects but two of them were short course (I.T. and R.E.) so that is 11 GCSEs. I am happy about this number because it's no lower than average or higher so i am at no disadvantage (not that it matters how many GCSEs you take anyway unless it's some impossible number like 17 and you still get straight A*s that i suppose would give you a slight advantage ).
11.5 - 11 this year, and ICT short course taken 2 years early.
Luckily, I liked all the subjects I took (except for the horrible ICT ), but I would happily have taken 10 instead of 11 because 1 subject makes such a lot of difference. It's a lot more work, and I have so much respect for people who took 12 or more!
I have 11, I guess - and 12 subjects - 10 full courses and 2 short courses. I just think it's pointless how the GCSEs are a 'nationalised' exam when everyone can take different number of subjects; surely the more subjects you have, the more disadvantaged you are because you have more content to study & revise. I guess it comes down to, for example, whether 9A*s or 9A*s, 2As & 1B looks better.
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And I am sure one would get into Oxford with 8 A*s providing the A-levels were up to scratch.
As for me; 9 GCSEs and Additional Maths. That's the most our school officially offers.
It's true that University don't look at the amount of GCSE's. I know people who have got into Oxford/Cambridge with 7 GCSE, not even al A*'s (though they were A*/A's). How many people get really depends on what courses you choose, rather than intelligence.