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    (Original post by AdamCee)
    Yeah I wish we had focused on exam content to be honest, but I'd still rather be doing unrelated history than art :P
    (Or I'm sure the artists would rather be doing unrelated art than history)
    Artist and historian checking in :cool:
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    (Original post by Gingerbread101)
    What did you pick? :woo:
    I picked French, History and Geography (Business Studies as a reserve).
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    (Original post by Gingerbread101)
    Artist and historian checking in :cool:
    I forgot you can study art history :lol:

    You get my gist though...
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    (Original post by Gingerbread101)
    Haha, good detective work!
    She was doing the work on the dining room table so wasn't exactly detective work :giggle:
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    The thread is aliiiiiive :woo:
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    (Original post by Gingerbread101)
    Has everyone handed in their options forms now? My little brother's in year 9 and I think he has :yep:
    At our school we have until beginning of April to hand it in, but you are allowed to bring it in this Friday.


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    Do you choose your options in year 9?

    Mine was in year 8, weird...
    My friend picked hers in year 8, they are starting their GCSE in year 9 (next year).


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    (Original post by AdamCee)
    Oh look I've been quoted in yay


    I take geography and business, so can say a little about that..

    Business: (copied from what I said a few pages back)
    My best subject, yay. To be honest, it is quite simple, although the exam technique is pretty difficult I find. In year 10 when you do unit one (small businesses) it is pretty basic stuff. Although year 11 is much more difficult, which is nice (focusing on large/growing businesses). Like history though, long questions are key in business. 9 mark questions will become the bane of your life. We do about one a lesson, they are painful to do, and really difficult to get full marks on. I'm probably making it sound like a really crappy subject but I find it pretty enjoyable

    (edit: Coursework I found pretty interesting again. In terms of writing, I think I did 4000 words... Or might have been 5000, can't remember. So there's a fair bit to do. Despite this most of our class managed at least 30/40 (myself doing 38/40... Hella yeah) so generally you should be looking at a good grade. Our topic was to evaluate the customer service of a chosen business and suggest improvements.)

    As it's a subject I assume you haven't done before, my suggestion would be to go to AQA/OCR (whoever your board is) website and look at past papers, see if they seem relatively appealing to you. Having now completed the spec and started revising, there are definitely parts I enjoyed much more than others but it is pretty wide. For example if you enjoy maths, finance should appeal to you (particularly year 11 finance. Found that pretty difficult+interesting).


    Geography I'm not going to lie I am not a big fan of, but that's just personal preference. Also don't have a great teacher which probably influences it a bit too. Basically on AQA you do three human and three physical topics. I would say human is generally quite easy to grasp, but with quite hard exam technique (and I think business helps a lot here actually). For example we do tourism, sustainable urban environments... And another I forgot (whoops.).

    Physical is much more difficult I think, and is pretty much pure knowledge. Again we do rivers, coasts and "restless Earth" (ie volcanoes, earthquakes and mountain formations). This is a little more interesting, but you need to know a lot about key words and how things a formed. I'm sure every paper I've done involves a "how is a xx formed".

    Finally the coursework (25% I believe). This for us consisted of a field trip to Dorset (which was one of the most tedious days of my school life.. But that's due to our school, not the subject) and we had to collect information regarding tourism. Just finished it actually. It was quite fun to write up, particularly as I enjoy essays. Although there is a fair amount of writing. I did 5,000 words I believe that's in the lower end of my class too (for those aiming A/A* anyway).


    Can't really think of much more to say... Any questions, shoot
    Thank you for the advice, I enjoy geography more than history. I get high levels in geography.


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    (Original post by MrMackyTv)
    I picked French, History and Geography (Business Studies as a reserve).
    Ah nice we got 4 options when we did ours :holmes:

    (Original post by AdamCee)
    I forgot you can study art history :lol:

    You get my gist though...
    Well, I took art and history as two separate subjects, but yeah
    I only carried history on to AS though
    (Original post by Black Rose)
    She was doing the work on the dining room table so wasn't exactly detective work :giggle:
    Ahh, cheating were you?
    (Original post by RXMXXKX)
    At our school we have until beginning of April to hand it in, but you are allowed to bring it in this Friday.


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    What are you picking?
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    Never choose BTEC Product Design, I've put so much work in to it and in still on track for just a Pass


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    (Original post by Gingerbread101)
    Ah nice we got 4 options when we did ours :holmes:



    Well, I took art and history as two separate subjects, but yeah
    I only carried history on to AS though


    Ahh, cheating were you?

    What are you picking?
    I'm picking
    Spanish
    Geography
    Sports science
    Drama( still a bit unsure)


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    (Original post by Gingerbread101)
    Ahh, cheating were you?
    I don't cheat :angel:
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    Am I the only person who doesn't hate coursework? I just fly through it.. We had to do an essay of 2000 words and did it in 1 hour (fast typer) just writing what was on my mind and got an 8+ (8a)!
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    Am I the only person who doesn't hate coursework? I just fly through it.. We had to do an essay of 2000 words and did it in 1 hour (fast typer) just writing what was on my mind and got an 8+ (8a)!
    Wow, well done! Have you got any advice as I'm starting my GCSE's next year :|


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    I only started mine this year but.. Keep your head down, concentrate 70-75% of the time to get a pass (that's what my teacher told me) but i just concentrate all the time now.. Keep on top of homework as it creeps up on you and make your work look neat so it's easy to revise from 😏


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    (Original post by TIS200)
    I only started mine this year but.. Keep your head down, concentrate 70-75% of the time to get a pass (that's what my teacher told me) but i just concentrate all the time now.. Keep on top of homework as it creeps up on you and make your work look neat so it's easy to revise from 😏


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    Okay, thank you! 😄


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    (Original post by TIS200)
    Am I the only person who doesn't hate coursework? I just fly through it.. We had to do an essay of 2000 words and did it in 1 hour (fast typer) just writing what was on my mind and got an 8+ (8a)!
    The bad news is that you'll be doing the new style GCSEs for some subjects with no coursework.
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    Oh shame, was doing practice coursework in some subjects!
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    (Original post by TIS200)
    Am I the only person who doesn't hate coursework? I just fly through it.. We had to do an essay of 2000 words and did it in 1 hour (fast typer) just writing what was on my mind and got an 8+ (8a)!
    Hate coursework, find it depressing :nothing: How did you do it so quick? :eek: Guessing you planned/wrote a draft beforehand?
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    I just had a list of criteria, wrote my base text and then filled in the criteria where applicable


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