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    im doing 13 gcses!!
    english (worth2 gcses)
    maths
    science ( worth 2 gcses)
    history
    re
    art
    media studies
    GNVQ ICT ( worth4 gcses)
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    Lots of people on TSR do more than the average.
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    Glad to see many people saying they are only doing/have done 9 gcse's - this is now many i'm doing, I thought i was doing well below average. Just out of interest, does the number of gcse's you do actually affect anything?
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    (Original post by Excalibur)
    I'm not sure but aren't GNVQs counted as 4 GCSEs?
    Not by anyone even remotely sane.
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    (Original post by no1mohsin)
    Glad to see many people saying they are only doing/have done 9 gcse's - this is now many i'm doing, I thought i was doing well below average. Just out of interest, does the number of gcse's you do actually affect anything?
    Not really. You only need 5 to progress to sixth form/college, although applying to a top university with only 5 GCSEs wouldn't look very good, so I'd personally say 9 should be the minimum. Then it depends what grades you get. Someone with 9 A*s will look much better than someone with 5 As, 5 Bs and 3 Cs. Universities also can't really discriminate based on the number of GCSEs because that depends on the school you go to.
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    I did 11, but most people at my school only did 9 or 10. I know a girl who is doing them really slowly and only got 2 in her Year11 year and no one is dispairing of her yet. I dont think it matters atall how many you have, though I did hear that Oxbridge give you points for each one, or is that only ASs and A2s?
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    (Original post by noofruit)
    I did 11, but most people at my school only did 9 or 10. I know a girl who is doing them really slowly and only got 2 in her Year11 year and no one is dispairing of her yet. I dont think it matters atall how many you have, though I did hear that Oxbridge give you points for each one, or is that only ASs and A2s?
    No, that's GCSEs. You get 1 point for each A* and 0.6 for each A and there's no limit to the amount of GCSEs that can count. As far as I know, only Cambridge use that system though.
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    Most Unis will only look at your GCSE grades for the subject (or subjects related to) you're applying for, unless you're applying for something daftly competitive, like medicine. To be honest, the second you start your ASs, GCSEs seem sort of like a bad dream, and getting decent grades is more important than getting hundreds. Also, you seem to be doing academic subjects - quite a lot of people with 14 have one in English and the rest in various sorts of 'mickey mouse' subjects that aren't necessarily as highly respected.

    Don't worry!

    (OT: I've got 11, but, sadly, I go to the sort of school that values grades and numbers of them above other things)
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    I forgot to point out in my last post that one of my older sisters didn't really go to school after about year 9, so she didn't get any GCSEs or AS/A Levels at all what so ever, but she still got accepted into York college. This kind of proves that you don't need any GCSEs at all really, unless you want to be a doctor or something...
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    Im not, im doing 951249763

    OK ok not funny, the cab's on its way, i'll get my coat..
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    I'm only doing 9, predicted 8 A*s and 1 A, but I'm also doing an A level at the same time, so I could end up with 6 A levels (but since I have better things to do next year, I will only end up with 4).

    Some 6th forms ask for 6 GCSEs grade B or above, and some unis ask for 5 A*s (only for very competitive courses like medicine) but that's the worst I've heard.

    Is it just more or is doing more than 6 a waste of time? I know it's nice to do lots of subjects if you enjoy them, but you could do much better by doing 6/7 in a lot of depth and getting really good results and then having good background knowledge to do well in A levels.
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    (Original post by bohemian)
    Is it just more or is doing more than 6 a waste of time? I know it's nice to do lots of subjects if you enjoy them, but you could do much better by doing 6/7 in a lot of depth and getting really good results and then having good background knowledge to do well in A levels.
    I suppose it's a matter of not specialising too early. The idea of A-levels is to go into a lot of depth in a few subjects, whereas GCSEs are designed to show competence in a broad range of subjects.
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    I'm doing 16 and a half. Four of them are GNVQ ICT though... and the Half is short course RE. I'm doing Statistics as well, everyone at my school is entered/expected to do 14 GCSEs except if you have learning difficulties then you do Prep for working life. I go to a comprehensive, just so you don't think I'm from a public school.
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    IM only doing 9 and a half, but i wish that my school offered more!!
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    I think I've posted before, but at our school, everyone does 9 subjects. Then a short course in RE is compulsory; then if you didn't take Double Award IT as one of your options we are stuck with short course ICT. Then some people can opt to take short course PE (which I don't do). So I end up with 10 GCSEs (though with 11 subjects, because 2 are short courses). I did Japanese on top of that, so I'll end up with 11, or 12, depending on if SC are counted as one or not (I'm not really sure about that one).

    I wouldn't like it if we had to limit ourselves to 6 or so for GCSEs. Some people know exactly what they want to do in the future, but others (like me) cannot really decide on their direction that early. As Kelly said, specialising comes in at A levels (and hell it's hard deciding :rolleyes: )
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    (Original post by Becky68M)
    At least with a small number of GCSE's it gives you a better hance of revising more for each subject and therefore geting high grades in the A/A* range. That would look really good on a CV.
    Yeah you can focus on getting good grades in those subjects without having to balance it out between them
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    if you get good grades in the end it doesn't matter how many you do.... and anyway you only need 5 passes to get into college!
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    Most people at my school did 10 GCSEs or they did 8 GCSEs and a GNVQ. I did 9 and a GNVQ, but that's because I did GCSE Astronomy as an extra-curricular activity.
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    (Original post by A*s_wanted)
    Any help on if DiDA's worth 4?
    It's probably similar to GNVQ. In the eyes of the government and schools when they want to make results look better than they actually are, it's worth 4, but in the eyes of pretty much everyone else it's not.
 
 
 

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