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    Is a language GCSE compulsory? Does this change between schools and can your school force you to take a language GCSE?

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    No it is not. A school should not force you to do a language, as the government has not made it compulsory. This does not change from school normally, unless the school decides otherwise, which is really rare.

    If you're planning doing A levels in a language, then it's wise to do the same language in GCSE.

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    Thanks for your answer.

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    my school MADE me do a foreign language
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    So, can a school make you do a language GCSE?
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    (Original post by JamesNewman14)
    So, can a school make you do a language GCSE?
    Yup. They are perfectly allowed to, but if a student really doesn't want to do it, then I don't see why they should force the student.
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    Some schools do.
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    What do they do? Force their students to take languages?
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    Yup
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    For some schools it's compulsory, whereas in others it's not. It's recommended to take a Language GCSE though as they're very useful. That's probably why my school offers and NVQ Business Spanish/French course for the people not great at Spanish/French, but agree that it would be helpful and useful to them for later on in life. Obviously, there's also the normal GCSE courses which I'm doing (Spanish and French). =)
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    It's compulsory at my school because it's a specialist language school.
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    (Original post by JamesNewman14)
    Is a language GCSE compulsory? Does this change between schools and can your school force you to take a language GCSE?

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    James
    Your school can make you do a language GCSE if they want, and it's a good thing that they do since a lot of universities are making it a requirement for some of their courses. I did two language GCSEs and was very happy with it
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    It is just that, I am really bad at languages...
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    Compulsory in my old school but not in a lot. But even those that hated languages did quite well and I think universities are starting to see a foreign language at GCSE as a definite good thing.
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    I used to suck at French - my chosen language at GCSE - however we were encouraged by my school to take it as it's a great skill to have and employers and universities like it. Languages can be mastered by doing a lot of revision in small chunks, perhaps 15 minutes a day of extra revision on top of what you do in class? I've been doing that since the back end of last year and I've improved so much that my teacher agreed to move my predicted grade up to an A. It's similar to maths in that even if you don't feel you have a natural ability in the subject, you can still attain great grades by putting in the hard work. Just make sure that if you're applying for a job you never say 'I speak French/Spanish/German', because that implies you are fluent and can land you in all kinds of poop.
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    (Original post by JamesNewman14)
    Is a language GCSE compulsory? Does this change between schools and can your school force you to take a language GCSE?

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    James
    Hey

    I don't think it is compulsory to take a language for GCSE, but some schools do make you take them.. I'm lucky enough to go to a school that leaves the option process totally up to the student - I know people that have taken just Expressive Arts subjects or just Languages, but it really does depend on the school. If you are being made to take a language, I'd say just have a go at it, who knows, you might enjoy it and maybe decide to get further qualifications in it
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    My school forced me. I got an E grade. They shouldn't have forced me, really.
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