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    I've done RS, German and Law over two years and I'm sitting those exams in a few months time (I'm in Year 10 currently).

    I'm doing English Lang and Lit, Maths and triple science (so Chemistry, Biology and Physics). That's nine altogether already and I've had quite a stressful year with a lot to juggle and completely different things to learn.
    Over the next week or two, we're picking final GCSEs for next year, and I've got nine hours to fill, which would fit in 2/3 more options at least. My English, Maths and Science grades are good as it stands, I'm in top set for all and targeted 7/8 (As and A*s). Long term I'm still unsure as to what career I want, but going trying to go into medicine may be something I want to pursue.

    Do you think 9 GCSEs are enough on their own, or do I need one or two more? I'm thinking of persuading my school to let me do more hours in English, Maths and Science to definitely boost my grades and make sure they're as good as they can be. That way, I think I might feel less stressed. Anyone with any advice or ideas, it would be really appreciated
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    I think 9 GCSEs is fine, but if there's anything else you want to study you could do that as well, it doesn't really matter. Obviously you have to bear in mind what you are hoping to achieve in each of your subjects and the workload, of course the more you take the less time you will have for each. I take 10 GCSEs but I think anything in the region of 9 to 11 is about average.


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    What ever options you pick now will not determine what career you want to go into now, especially in Year 10. Its what you do after Year 11 that really matters. Studying a lot of GCSEs can distract you from the compulsory ones. Although, you seem to be doing very well in those at the moment, you never know what the exam may entail, therefore, it is better to be safe than sorry in my opinion. The exam can often be different to the assessments you have done in class, as I found out!

    Hope this helps
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    Thank you so much, that's really helped. I might focus on the cores then in order to boost my chances of better grades.
 
 
 
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