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    I have to pick my GCSE's this week. At my school we have to pick a year early (year 8) and right now I think I am picking Spanish, Health&Social Care, Media Studies & Food Preperation and Nutrition. In my school we do not need to pick a humanity if we pick a language but it is recommended we do it for the Ebacc. My sister has told me I should do history instead of media studies because it would be more useful for me and I don't know if I would enjoy it as much, and I am doing it for 3 years instead of 2. Is a humanity really that important? I think most of my friends are doing both a language and a humanity but I am most intrested in these subjects. for my geography and history I have near enough the same grades (6A, 7C) but if I did geography I wouldn't be able to do food, and if I did history I wouldn't be able to take media. Along with these subjects I'm taking the core English, maths and triple science.
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    Try to balance your options - you do not want many subjects in the same facility (Health & Social Care and Media Studies), as far as I think. Taking a humanity could be really useful at further education, such as when applying for university. In my opinion, history would be a very good option to take instead of media studies, as it is a more 'facilitating' subject and is regarded highly by universities. As your sister said, it is good if you want to take the Ebacc route too, but Geography would also be not a bad option either. As options, I picked: GCSE History, GCSE Photography and GCSE Statistics. Triple science is excellent too.
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    Pick GCSEs that will leave your options for A levels but certainly do not pick GCSEs that you find boring but you look good, in the end you will find it too boring and end up not listening! I've just chosen my A levels (Psychology, Sociology, History + Physics). As Sonu said, humanities are good subjects for applying to universities and history is a highly respected subject. I personally took IB Film SL this year and personally I found it really interesting and I can imagine that IB film is pretty close to media studies!

    tl;dr - History is a highly respected subject but if you think you'll get extremely bored, don't take it & take media studies!
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    I have to pick my GCSE's this week. At my school we have to pick a year early (year 8) and right now I think I am picking Spanish, Health&Social Care, Media Studies & Food Preperation and Nutrition. In my school we do not need to pick a humanity if we pick a language but it is recommended we do it for the Ebacc. My sister has told me I should do history instead of media studies because it would be more useful for me and I don't know if I would enjoy it as much, and I am doing it for 3 years instead of 2. Is a humanity really that important? I think most of my friends are doing both a language and a humanity but I am most intrested in these subjects. for my geography and history I have near enough the same grades (6A, 7C) but if I did geography I wouldn't be able to do food, and if I did history I wouldn't be able to take media. Along with these subjects I'm taking the core English, maths and triple science.
    I would pick History over Media as I would be more useful and also you would get the ebacc with it. At GCSE History is not the hardest if you listen in class properly, revise and learn exam technique. Two years ago I was in the same position over GCSE German as I hated the subject but today I am the happy I picked it as it was not too hard and also I would be getting the ebacc.
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    I can't comment on Media because I didn't take it; but there are a lot of transferrable and useful skills in History. I agree with the above - you need to pick something that you enjoy.
 
 
 
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