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Hi, I am new to this Student Room and I was wondering if anyone could help me with choosing my GCSE options. I only have until the 28th of march to decide and I am really stuck on choosing the last option.

At the moment I am taking Geography, History and German but I don't know what to choose for my last and final option.
I was considering Spanish as I am quite good at languages but we have a really rubbish teacher at the moment and people in higher years say it gets really confusing studying to languages. I do not want to take anything art based or drama/ music or anything like that because I really want to become a doctor and taking subjects like that wont be very beneficial. At the moment I am also thinking about taking Business Studies GCSE but I am a bit worried as to whether top university's will look down on it as they might consider it an 'easy' A*.

I would really appreciate some help on choosing and if anyone can offer me any advice on anything above. If you have taken chosen any of the subjects above I would be most grateful if you could tell me whether that subject is hard and what you do etc.

Thankyou
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Hi, I am new to this Student Room and I was wondering if anyone could help me with choosing my GCSE options. I only have until the 28th of march to decide and I am really stuck on choosing the last option.

At the moment I am taking Geography, History and German but I don't know what to choose for my last and final option.
I was considering Spanish as I am quite good at languages but we have a really rubbish teacher at the moment and people in higher years say it gets really confusing studying to languages. I do not want to take anything art based or drama/ music or anything like that because I really want to become a doctor and taking subjects like that wont be very beneficial. At the moment I am also thinking about taking Business Studies GCSE but I am a bit worried as to whether top university's will look down on it as they might consider it an 'easy' A*.

I would really appreciate some help on choosing and if anyone can offer me any advice on anything above. If you have taken chosen any of the subjects above I would be most grateful if you could tell me whether that subject is hard and what you do etc.

Thankyou
You want to become a doctor?

No one really cares about what GCSEs you do - just how well you do in them.

Make sure you're doing the sciences, preferably single sciences (separate GCSEs)
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Thanks for your reply, and yes I am definatley going to choose seperate sciences. I just dont know whether to choose business studies or spanish.
I dont want to make my decision based on how easier they are but is spanish/ business studies difficult?
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If you choose spanish, it means your doing 2 languages. Normally the language speaking and writing exams are around the same time so i wouldn't really recommend two languages. If you want to be a doctor maybe psychology?
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what other subjects are you left to choose from?
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What GCSEs you do really doesn't matter, and you've already got some good gcses down, so do whatever you think you'd enjoy more (do consider art/drama/music - in fact, in terms of credibility, art or music will look better than business studies). Rather than being difficult, languages tend to complement each other. So I wouldn't rule out Spanish.
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I studied 2 languages at GCSE and was fine French and Spanish. So did loads of people in my school! If you're clever enough to do Medicine, you'll cope with 2 languages!

It might even be easier to do German and Spanish because the languages are so different, and you won't get them confused (and won't say "Si" in your French oral!!)

Uni's don't look at exactly which subjects you took at GCSE (as said by tehforum) but if there's something you might want to take to A-Level, take it at GCSE! Just choose the one you enjoy, have fun with your GCSE's and concentrate on making the right choices with your A-Levels if you want to go on and do Medicine
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Also, you can do Drama/Art to A-Level and still get Medicine offers (I know people that did!), so if you like those subjects, don't let thinking about Med put you off them at this stage!
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Hiya!

I currently take Business GCSE, and I have to say I really enjoy it! I, as you seem to be, am a very academic student, and find Business challenging enough, without being too heavy on top of triple/single sciences (don't know what you call them) and all the work for Maths and English! I wouldn't say that Business would be looked down on by any University of employer, as it shows you have common sense and are good at applying what you know into different scenarios. Plus, it doesn't really matter what GCSEs you take, as long as you take ones appropriate to what A Levels you want to do, assuming you will do A Levels as you want to be a Doctor. Despite what schools will tell you, Universities look at your A Level subjects a lot more closely than your GCSE's. GCSEs are just a path to getting to your A Levels.

However, if you have a flare for languages, then you probably wouldn't struggle taking two, anymore than you would one. I cannot speak from experience for that, as I don't have a flare for languages at all, but from what I've heard from my friends it's very hard work if it doesn't come naturally to you, but can be enjoyable!

I would really recommend business studies though!

Molly x
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Thankyou for all your replys!

Even after considering all of your thoughts, I am still not 100% sure on what to take. Some days I think 'spanish would be much easier, im good at languages and whatever you do for german, you do the same for spanish' but then others days im not so sure and i think about how each week you have to learn 30 new words of vocab and you have to be able to use them in sentences and choosing two languages would mean having to learn 60 new words a week which might be difficult.

I want to take the subject I will enjoy the most and achieve the best grade possible. Obviously I am aiming for as many A*'s as possible so I need to make sure that the subjects I take are ones I will enjoy and also excel in.

Its not that I think that taking Art,Music or Drama is a bad option, i am more academic and i think i would probably do better in say geography than music for example.

With spanish, i know what I can expect as I have been studying the language for a round 3 years and so I know what is required in the exams where as for Bussiness Studies, i have never done anything like this before and I am worried that i might not enjoy it or that i might find it difficult. :/

For anyone who is taking/has taken business studies, what are the exams like, are they very difficult and is it just applying common sense to a bussniss situation?

Sorry it is so long.

Thanks
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Hiya,
It depends which exam board your school is with for business studies as to what the exams are like. I am taking the OCR course, which only involves two exams, one at the end of Year 10 on your business knowledge and the other at the end of Year 11 based on a case study. Not entirely sure what this is yet, as I'm still in Year 10, but from what I've heard you get information about a business and have to apply it to an exam. But yes, the exams I have had so far are based mainly on common sense and just applying your knowledge. I can only speak from experience, so I'm not sure what the courses for the other exam boards would be like, but I would imagine pretty similar, just with slightly different content. I was lucky enough to have studied business from Year 7 as I go to a business specialist school, so I knew I would like it, but I think most people would like it, as its interesting and challenging enough, but doesn't overload you with work.

Hope this helps
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Yes, thats helped me a lot.

Thankyou

And probs will take business!
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I really want to become a doctor


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Does your school offer triple science? If you want to be a doctor, you definately need Biology and Chemistry ALevels, and you while its not compulsory to have triple science, it might ease the gap from GCSE to A Level.
A lot of Unis look at GCSE results when applying for Medicine, and my friend got told she wouldnt even get considered unless she had 5-6 A*s, so choose something you can get an A* in, and you enjoy!
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Thanks for the advice!

And yeah my school does offer separate science but not as a GCSE option. They used to but now they only let students who have been offered the choice take it. You have to be in top set science (1/7) by Christmas year 10 to be offered separate science. I am in top set atm so hopefully if i carry on working really hard and stay in top set, I should be offered the chance to take it!

Thanks again
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My school only offers one language:French. I am doing geography, history,French,and music. I would consider a creative subject because it would be a stress reliever. Universities look for a balance of subjects so this may be beneficial.
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