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    At the minute, I am a Year 9 student, just about to choose my options around March time. My passion really is history and languages, and my dream uni would be Durham. It's quite daunting, but I just want to make the right choices because the wrong ones may get me into a predicament. Right now I am studying two languages French and Spanish, our school is allowing us to take two, but would it be better or more beneficial for me to do another essay based subject like Geography, rather than an extra language? At the minute my school is allowing the whole year to do nine GCSE's.

    Right know what I am picking is:
    English Language
    English Literature
    Combined Science (2 GCSE's)
    Mathematics
    Religious Studies
    French
    History
    Geography

    If I had the option French would be my prefered subject, and I could see myself doing it for three years at university and going abroad to learn more about the language. I'm sorry if it may seem a bit far-fetched as I am only in Year 9 and a long way from university, I just want to make sure I have the right options from the go! Thank you for all the help!
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    (Original post by harrypblack)
    At the minute, I am a Year 9 student, just about to choose my options around March time. My passion really is history and languages, and my dream uni would be Durham. It's quite daunting, but I just want to make the right choices because the wrong ones may get me into a predicament. Right now I am studying two languages French and Spanish, our school is allowing us to take two, but would it be better or more beneficial for me to do another essay based subject like Geography, rather than an extra language? At the minute my school is allowing the whole year to do nine GCSE's.

    Right know what I am picking is:
    English Language
    English Literature
    Combined Science (2 GCSE's)
    Mathematics
    Religious Studies
    French
    History
    Geography

    If I had the option French would be my prefered subject, and I could see myself doing it for three years at university and going abroad to learn more about the language. I'm sorry if it may seem a bit far-fetched as I am only in Year 9 and a long way from university, I just want to make sure I have the right options from the go! Thank you for all the help!
    You said it yourself, you're YEAR 9. Relax kiddo, you got a while yet. Very few care about specific GCSEs, they generally want A-C in Maths and English, that's about it
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    (Original post by harrypblack)
    At the minute, I am a Year 9 student, just about to choose my options around March time. My passion really is history and languages, and my dream uni would be Durham. It's quite daunting, but I just want to make the right choices because the wrong ones may get me into a predicament. Right now I am studying two languages French and Spanish, our school is allowing us to take two, but would it be better or more beneficial for me to do another essay based subject like Geography, rather than an extra language? At the minute my school is allowing the whole year to do nine GCSE's.

    Right know what I am picking is:
    English Language
    English Literature
    Combined Science (2 GCSE's)
    Mathematics
    Religious Studies
    French
    History
    Geography

    If I had the option French would be my prefered subject, and I could see myself doing it for three years at university and going abroad to learn more about the language. I'm sorry if it may seem a bit far-fetched as I am only in Year 9 and a long way from university, I just want to make sure I have the right options from the go! Thank you for all the help!
    If you think that doing two languages would be better for you then you can do two languages - but it will be a challenge. Languages in general is a challenge, as long as you know your basic grammar rules and use a lot of complex sentences and tenses, then at GCSE level, that is more than enough to pass. It's your options so if your parents tell you to do one subject you don't like or if someone else is trying to persuade you, don't do it unless you want to. You want to ask yourself... Will I be happy studying this for the next 2 years? Do I know I can get a good grade at this subject? Will I struggle? Can I see myself doing this for A-Level (a bit too early but it can help you choose)?

    Look at the specs, past papers, the course, ask teachers and talk to parents so you know your making the right decision. About languages, doesn't your cohort have to do the new GCSE languages? I know my cohort is the last to do the old GCSE language course.

    Anyways - good luck!
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    if you enjoy both languages do them, i do both for gcse at the moment and it's really fun tbh
    if you like geography then take it but if you would prefer to do spanish then take that. don't worry too much about your future, with gcse's you can practically go in any direction for a levels.
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    If you think that doing two languages would be better for you then you can do two languages - but it will be a challenge. Languages in general is a challenge, as long as you know your basic grammar rules and use a lot of complex sentences and tenses, then at GCSE level, that is more than enough to pass. It's your options so if your parents tell you to do one subject you don't like or if someone else is trying to persuade you, don't do it unless you want to. You want to ask yourself... Will I be happy studying this for the next 2 years? Do I know I can get a good grade at this subject? Will I struggle? Can I see myself doing this for A-Level (a bit too early but it can help you choose)?

    Look at the specs, past papers, the course, ask teachers and talk to parents so you know your making the right decision. About languages, doesn't your cohort have to do the new GCSE languages? I know my cohort is the last to do the old GCSE language course.

    Anyways - good luck!
    Yes so I would be doing the new GCSE. There's not much difference, the exception being no course work, all my exams would be in Year 11, and I won't be able to practise my writing and speaking as they will all be surprise questions. I have actually thought about it, and I think my school and unis prefer a range of different skills that you can aquaire from diffferent subjects. Its a tough one, but I think it would just be easier to do Geography. French I know that I can do good in, but if I have the added langauge of Spanish I do fear that because of the extra stress I might initialy do bad if taking them both.

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    (Original post by harrypblack)
    Yes so I would be doing the new GCSE. There's not much difference, the exception being no course work, all my exams would be in Year 11, and I won't be able to practise my writing and speaking as they will all be surprise questions. I have actually thought about it, and I think my school and unis prefer a range of different skills that you can aquaire from diffferent subjects. Its a tough one, but I think it would just be easier to do Geography. French I know that I can do good in, but if I have the added langauge of Spanish I do fear that because of the extra stress I might initialy do bad if taking them both.

    Harry
    Wow that seems harder. Because right now we get to know the questions before hand and we can prepare for it by writing drafts and etc. I guess the new languages will test your real skill so you will have to focus a lot.

    It's your choice, I'm just giving advice but if you think so then sure go for it Don't worry about unis for now, as long as you choose the subjects you want to do and do well in them then unis will be fine with it. (I was in your position last year!)

    Oh and one word of advice. When you start your GCSE's and you don't like it or feel that you can't do it, change it. Follow your instinct because I didn't and I listened to others to much who told me to wait a while and see what happens - it was already to late and I couldn't change it. That was French, not just because of the teacher but the fact that I don't feel comfortable doing it. I know I can get a good grade in it but it's not a subject I would like to carry on as languages are quite challenging for me. It takes more effort for me to achieve the same grades as someone else who put less effort, if you get what I mean.

    Don't worry!
 
 
 
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