How many GCSEs did you do?

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    17 GCSE' s is far too much, 12-14 is enough really,

    I did 10.50 - dont know how i really got the 0.5 - and i did Btec childcare.
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    I did nine solid GCSEs. I did further maths but I don't know if that'll be credited it, so nine/ten. Then I chose ICT foolishly, after being told it would be worth four GCSEs, which it isn't. Just four distinctions things. Then I did BTEC PE in my spare time and got a distinction in that. So really, nine/ten with five distinctions.
    Yeah, seventeen is too many and pointless. Unless you're counting OCR nationals and btecs.
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    I did 11
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    I did 10 .
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    11, as well as a short-course art GCSE that is equivalent to half a full grade (and was also a waste of time).
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    I did 11,
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    I did 12 GCSEs
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    I did seven and a GNVQ in ICT which is equivalent to four GCSE's.
    14-17 seems a lot, do you think you will be able to handle the workload? are you particularly organised? These are things you need to think about.
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    I think I did 12.5 but a couple of those were courses where you got the 2 grades for completing the course. i.e business studies where I received 2 grades. I didn't find it a struggle particularly but it will depend how hard you work.
    To be perfectly honest though if you're considering going onto A Levels afterwards there's really no need for an excessive number of GCSEs as, in a job interview, they probably won't waste time whilst you reel your grades off.
    The best thing I can say is stick to a slightly lower number and concentrate on getting higher grades in them than a ridiculous amount just for the sake of having extra written down. Once you do A Levels and a degree (if you plan on doing so) then GCSEs aren't considered as highly anyway. Unless of course you find enjoyment in doing extra exams/modules etc.
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    I did 9, and got 9
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    I did 12.

    Triple science counts as 3 GCSEs, you get 1 in each science. Double science counts as 2 GCSEs, you get 1 in core science and 1 in additional science.


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    I did 11 - I think that was the perfect amount, not too much and not too less.
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    I did 11 and it filled a schoolday, so how can there be time for more? My brother did 10, which seems to be the average at our old school. 10 is plenty though, I should think. 17 may be perhaps a little excessive? You don't want to spread yourself to thinly and get 17Bs when you could have had 10a*s!
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    (Original post by kittyb99)
    I did 11 and it filled a schoolday, so how can there be time for more? My brother did 10, which seems to be the average at our old school. 10 is plenty though, I should think. 17 may be perhaps a little excessive? You don't want to spread yourself to thinly and get 17Bs when you could have had 10a*s!
    How about 17 A*s
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    Too many
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    10.5 :awesome:
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    I did 9, but I guess it depends on what your school offers and whether they are gcse's or the alternatives to them such as btecs etc.
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    just warning you now unless you are superhuman and can get 17 A*'s its DEFINITELY not worth doing any more than the minimum amount, otherwise you compromise all your average grades.

    I did 9 gcse's because that's all i was allowed to do, and to be honest that was enough. But i didn't get any lower than an A.....

    when it comes to applying to uni - gcse's aren't very important anyway but if they are its the grades and not the amount you took.

    hope i helped slightly!
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    The standard number of GCSEs done per student at my school was 9 (now 8 since they made science a non-compulsory subject which is idiotic). I did 10 since I opted for English Literature as well as English Language. You don't even have to study a language anymore, yet they still make you do Irish for the first three years. Thankfully I got out before everything went to complete shambles.
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    (Original post by Teatania)
    The standard number of GCSEs done per student at my school was 9 (now 8 since they made science a non-compulsory subject which is idiotic). I did 10 since I opted for English Literature as well as English Language. You don't even have to study a language anymore, yet they still make you do Irish for the first three years. Thankfully I got out before everything went to complete shambles.
    Is it even legal to make science a non-compulsory subject?


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