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    So see, i'm in year 9 and its time to choose my options, and since my school really has no regard for it's students they've limited us to only two options if you take triple science. All in all, I'm taking 11 subjects. For my two options, i was thinking media and arts since i'm a very creative person and i don't find business or computers all that interesting. I'm also taking all three science, english lit and language and maths as well as a second language and a religious subject.

    I am well aware that arts is an EXTREMELY hard subject, with loads of coursework but i really do enjoy it and might want to pick up a career in it. So now I'm left with one option. I was thinking: Media Studies, Business Studies, Economics or History? I know History is very well recognized by universities, and if i want to go into medical it might be useful. I find it interesting too. Business is something i don't really enjoy but in these days I'm positive it might be useful SOMEWHERE. I don't really know what its like in GCSES, so can someone help me out with that? I like maths, so i was thinking economics. And finally, I really want to go into journalism or something else involving writing since i LOVE that, or maybe film editing and production design. Media is just right for that and it seems super interesting, but then again, it's considered a 'soft' subject, right? Is that okay with all of the other subjects I'm taking, since they all seem pretty academically challenging to me. :/ HELP, THOSE WHO HAVE SUFFERED FROM THIS. I am super confused right now.
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    Media Studies, Business Studies, Economics or History?

    First of all, think really carefully about Art. Even if you love it, it will take up all your time and distract you from other subjects when it comes to pre-exam revision. If it is purely a hobby, leave it at that. Don't turn something you love into a nuisance. If you really would like to go into a career in Art go for it - but put the work in early at the start so you never end up lagging behind and missing deadlines. If you are good at other subjects, dedicating your time to Art shouldn't be too much of an issue, but if you really struggle with core subjects like maths, science and english you might need extra time to get good grades, something art might take away from you.


    I did Media Studies GCSE WJEC exam board, and absolutely loved it. We had to create a DVD/Magazine/CD cover for our coursework and the exam for the WJEC media board is based on one aspect of media. Mine was advertising, this years is film trailers. In the exam I had to analyse print adverts and storyboard a TV advert. It is very creative and a good mixture of essay writing and art. It requires a lot of research into the aspect of media the exam is on. For me it was adverts so it was interesting to research, but I know one year it was tv news shows which is a bit boring. If you are creative it is a good choice, but like you said it isn't really treated as a serious subject. There again, who cares what others think. Universities only really care about core subjects like maths, english and science and getting high grades, so if you're likely to do well in media it shouldn't really matter too much that it's seen as a soft subject. Find out from your media teacher what the course involves and what exam board it is. Your exam board might be different to mine (WJEC) so this might not really help you.


    My friends do Business Studies. They have to research different methods of leadership in managing a business, they look at profit, why some product sales decline, how to stock a business correctly. My friends both want to go into medicine so have no need to study business but they really enjoy it. They say it is quite case study based, and the lessons are a bit boring and repetitive, as is the coursework. But because of this they say its quite easy to get a good grade.

    Economics is maths based but I've not heard of a GCSE in it before. I would see if your school has an opportunity to do it at A-Level, so at least if you opt not to do it at GCSE you could do it at A-Level. As I don't think the GCSE is quite common, having economics could make you stand out, but only if you want to go down the maths route. Otherwise it might be a bit pointless.

    History is probably the most accredited GCSE in your options. It is useful for any essay-based career like journalism or law, or even art history. In my GCSE we study Crime and Punishment through time, Life in Germany during the 20th Century and Wartime Britain. It is interesting, but the exam board requires you to remember a lot of in depth knowledge so it is a really difficult subject to study for and will require a lot of hard work. The exam is also essay based, so prepare to write a lot. I think History is the most useful subject you could take as the analytical and literary skills it shows you have will be useful for other subjects and universities.

    You seem like a creative person, so I think you would enjoy media, maybe consider picking it instead of art as it will allow you to be creative but not require as much time. Business is an easier option, but History is more useful and well-recognised and probably better for a journalism career. I'd say choose between Media and History and Art, and maybe business.

    The best advice for situations like this is follow your heart. GCSEs are unlikely to restrict what career you will go into in the future. In terms of GCSEs, universities usually expect Grade C at English or Maths, so as long as what you go for won't distract you from passing these core subjects I would say pick what interests you most. You're stuck with them for a few years so don't bore yourself or stress yourself out with demanding subjects. Find out what topics each subject's course contains and look at past exam questions from the exam board you would study in order to help you decide what will benefit you most. Let me know what you go for and if you have any questions about the Media Studies WJEC GCSE or the History EdExcel GCSE as these are the two subjects I study out of the ones you can pick from so the ones I know most about. Good luck.
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    Firstly, our school limited us to 2 if we picked triple science, do you have to take it?

    Out of Media Studies, Business Studies, Economics or History, I would pick history. Media is quite a hard subject, and History would open more doors in the future
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    Firstly, our school limited us to 2 if we picked triple science, do you have to take it?

    Out of Media Studies, Business Studies, Economics or History, I would pick history. Media is quite a hard subject, and History would open more doors in the future

    Yep, I've made up my mind on triple science, it would be impractical to not take it. Thanks for your reply, I've definitely been considering history now, everyone's been telling me that its better to pick that.
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    Media Studies, Business Studies, Economics or History?

    First of all, think really carefully about Art. Even if you love it, it will take up all your time and distract you from other subjects when it comes to pre-exam revision. If it is purely a hobby, leave it at that. Don't turn something you love into a nuisance. If you really would like to go into a career in Art go for it - but put the work in early at the start so you never end up lagging behind and missing deadlines. If you are good at other subjects, dedicating your time to Art shouldn't be too much of an issue, but if you really struggle with core subjects like maths, science and english you might need extra time to get good grades, something art might take away from you.


    I did Media Studies GCSE WJEC exam board, and absolutely loved it. We had to create a DVD/Magazine/CD cover for our coursework and the exam for the WJEC media board is based on one aspect of media. Mine was advertising, this years is film trailers. In the exam I had to analyse print adverts and storyboard a TV advert. It is very creative and a good mixture of essay writing and art. It requires a lot of research into the aspect of media the exam is on. For me it was adverts so it was interesting to research, but I know one year it was tv news shows which is a bit boring. If you are creative it is a good choice, but like you said it isn't really treated as a serious subject. There again, who cares what others think. Universities only really care about core subjects like maths, english and science and getting high grades, so if you're likely to do well in media it shouldn't really matter too much that it's seen as a soft subject. Find out from your media teacher what the course involves and what exam board it is. Your exam board might be different to mine (WJEC) so this might not really help you.


    My friends do Business Studies. They have to research different methods of leadership in managing a business, they look at profit, why some product sales decline, how to stock a business correctly. My friends both want to go into medicine so have no need to study business but they really enjoy it. They say it is quite case study based, and the lessons are a bit boring and repetitive, as is the coursework. But because of this they say its quite easy to get a good grade.

    Economics is maths based but I've not heard of a GCSE in it before. I would see if your school has an opportunity to do it at A-Level, so at least if you opt not to do it at GCSE you could do it at A-Level. As I don't think the GCSE is quite common, having economics could make you stand out, but only if you want to go down the maths route. Otherwise it might be a bit pointless.

    History is probably the most accredited GCSE in your options. It is useful for any essay-based career like journalism or law, or even art history. In my GCSE we study Crime and Punishment through time, Life in Germany during the 20th Century and Wartime Britain. It is interesting, but the exam board requires you to remember a lot of in depth knowledge so it is a really difficult subject to study for and will require a lot of hard work. The exam is also essay based, so prepare to write a lot. I think History is the most useful subject you could take as the analytical and literary skills it shows you have will be useful for other subjects and universities.

    You seem like a creative person, so I think you would enjoy media, maybe consider picking it instead of art as it will allow you to be creative but not require as much time. Business is an easier option, but History is more useful and well-recognised and probably better for a journalism career. I'd say choose between Media and History and Art, and maybe business.

    The best advice for situations like this is follow your heart. GCSEs are unlikely to restrict what career you will go into in the future. In terms of GCSEs, universities usually expect Grade C at English or Maths, so as long as what you go for won't distract you from passing these core subjects I would say pick what interests you most. You're stuck with them for a few years so don't bore yourself or stress yourself out with demanding subjects. Find out what topics each subject's course contains and look at past exam questions from the exam board you would study in order to help you decide what will benefit you most. Let me know what you go for and if you have any questions about the Media Studies WJEC GCSE or the History EdExcel GCSE as these are the two subjects I study out of the ones you can pick from so the ones I know most about. Good luck.


    Thank you so much! That seriously helped, it's come down to media or history now. I'm definitely taking art. So now I'm just waiting for the blocks to get out and then I'll properly decide.
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    Well...I'm taking BUSINESS STUDIES GCSE and ART&TEXTILE GCSE . Business studies is not that difficult but I'm not meaning that it is easy....remember that everything is difficult. For art you need to have good english and you also need to be creative,otherwise art is not for you. And remember that you ll have the new specification which will be different from ours.The life is yours and only you can decide which one is the best for you.
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    (Original post by Lavender3002)
    Media Studies, Business Studies, Economics or History?

    First of all, think really carefully about Art. Even if you love it, it will take up all your time and distract you from other subjects when it comes to pre-exam revision. If it is purely a hobby, leave it at that. Don't turn something you love into a nuisance. If you really would like to go into a career in Art go for it - but put the work in early at the start so you never end up lagging behind and missing deadlines. If you are good at other subjects, dedicating your time to Art shouldn't be too much of an issue, but if you really struggle with core subjects like maths, science and english you might need extra time to get good grades, something art might take away from you.


    I did Media Studies GCSE WJEC exam board, and absolutely loved it. We had to create a DVD/Magazine/CD cover for our coursework and the exam for the WJEC media board is based on one aspect of media. Mine was advertising, this years is film trailers. In the exam I had to analyse print adverts and storyboard a TV advert. It is very creative and a good mixture of essay writing and art. It requires a lot of research into the aspect of media the exam is on. For me it was adverts so it was interesting to research, but I know one year it was tv news shows which is a bit boring. If you are creative it is a good choice, but like you said it isn't really treated as a serious subject. There again, who cares what others think. Universities only really care about core subjects like maths, english and science and getting high grades, so if you're likely to do well in media it shouldn't really matter too much that it's seen as a soft subject. Find out from your media teacher what the course involves and what exam board it is. Your exam board might be different to mine (WJEC) so this might not really help you.


    My friends do Business Studies. They have to research different methods of leadership in managing a business, they look at profit, why some product sales decline, how to stock a business correctly. My friends both want to go into medicine so have no need to study business but they really enjoy it. They say it is quite case study based, and the lessons are a bit boring and repetitive, as is the coursework. But because of this they say its quite easy to get a good grade.

    Economics is maths based but I've not heard of a GCSE in it before. I would see if your school has an opportunity to do it at A-Level, so at least if you opt not to do it at GCSE you could do it at A-Level. As I don't think the GCSE is quite common, having economics could make you stand out, but only if you want to go down the maths route. Otherwise it might be a bit pointless.

    History is probably the most accredited GCSE in your options. It is useful for any essay-based career like journalism or law, or even art history. In my GCSE we study Crime and Punishment through time, Life in Germany during the 20th Century and Wartime Britain. It is interesting, but the exam board requires you to remember a lot of in depth knowledge so it is a really difficult subject to study for and will require a lot of hard work. The exam is also essay based, so prepare to write a lot. I think History is the most useful subject you could take as the analytical and literary skills it shows you have will be useful for other subjects and universities.

    You seem like a creative person, so I think you would enjoy media, maybe consider picking it instead of art as it will allow you to be creative but not require as much time. Business is an easier option, but History is more useful and well-recognised and probably better for a journalism career. I'd say choose between Media and History and Art, and maybe business.

    The best advice for situations like this is follow your heart. GCSEs are unlikely to restrict what career you will go into in the future. In terms of GCSEs, universities usually expect Grade C at English or Maths, so as long as what you go for won't distract you from passing these core subjects I would say pick what interests you most. You're stuck with them for a few years so don't bore yourself or stress yourself out with demanding subjects. Find out what topics each subject's course contains and look at past exam questions from the exam board you would study in order to help you decide what will benefit you most. Let me know what you go for and if you have any questions about the Media Studies WJEC GCSE or the History EdExcel GCSE as these are the two subjects I study out of the ones you can pick from so the ones I know most about. Good luck.



    Hi, me again! I actually ended up going for art and HISTORY, but my anxiety has just gotten a lot worse and i'm really worried about stressing myself out too much with those two very demanding subjects. And since you have experience with edexcel history could you give me some more insight on the amount of work involved and whether a very anxious person would be able to cope up with it, along with the stress of art's insane coursework, triple science, maths and possibly further maths/ statistics too along with about 4 other subjects? PLEASE REPLY ASAP. I still need time to focus on my core subjects too! So instead of history, which i'm very good at and i absolutely adore, maybe i should sacrifice a bit and go for a softer subject instead which will hopefully lessen the load?
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    Hi, me again! I actually ended up going for art and HISTORY, but my anxiety has just gotten a lot worse and i'm really worried about stressing myself out too much with those two very demanding subjects. And since you have experience with edexcel history could you give me some more insight on the amount of work involved and whether a very anxious person would be able to cope up with it, along with the stress of art's insane coursework, triple science, maths and possibly further maths/ statistics too along with about 4 other subjects? PLEASE REPLY ASAP. I still need time to focus on my core subjects too! So instead of history, which i'm very good at and i absolutely adore, maybe i should sacrifice a bit and go for a softer subject instead which will hopefully lessen the load?
    Whats wrong with you!! Why the hell did you choose history it is the most hardest subject you can choose, you have to memorise 3 WHOLE BOOKS FOR EDEXCEL and not even getting on the subject of coursework im in year 11 and have studied it for 3 years it is the WORST subject to choose in terms of neglecting your other subjects!!! Change them before its too late
 
 
 
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