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Should I do GCSE Japanese on top of my A levels? watch

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    My school has employed a Japanese teacher to teach Japanese for 3 hours a week. It's going to be a commitment over AS and next year too...I want to do it but is i worth it? My gcses aren't so great and i don't even have 11 so I thought it could be a good idea? But i dont know if i can do it over worrying about ucas and my exams...

    Anyone whose done a language gcse over a level or Japanese gcse tell me how it's like? Many thanks.

    Do you already know the language or is it new to you?
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    Japanese GCSE was okay, though I don't remember much from it.

    It's just like any other language GCSE with the tests, though there may be controlled assessments for it now.. I'm not sure.

    It is going to be a bit of a time commitment for you to practice writing/listening/speaking, and it's a great opportunity if it's free, and you might do an A-level or equivalent later on!

    Well at the end of the day, you need to remember that AS and A levels take priority and I would advice against doing anything that could possibly jeopardize it. If you're good at languages/ are committed/ passionate etc go for it I guess, but unis don't care about GCSEs as much remember...
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    Thanks y'all

    Yoooo I might be a bit late to the party but I'm a Year 12 student doing Japanese GCSE this year!
    I've been self-studying for a while, and now have an hour of tuition a week outside of school. Japanese GCSE is pretty easy to be honest - 200 kanji, the usual MFL GCSE words, a ridiculously slow listening test, and then your usual speaking test. I find it easier than Spanish, certainly, though it requires more work. Japanese doesn't have any conjugating of verbs, either, which is really lovely! And if you get into Japanese media then the listening becomes really really simple.
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