Hi!! So for my gcse options I have taken french, 3 sciences and history which are all very academic subjects. For my fourth option I am unsure between geography or dance. I was going to take geography from the start however my mum advised that I needed a lighter subject so I thought dance. There are pros and cons for both so it's hard to pick which one.
Dance: I enjoy dance and it involves coursework meaning I get some of the work out the way as with the new gcse there is no coursework other than for practical subjects. The thing I am worried about with dance is that I haven't always been amazing at dance in school as I do street dance outside of school. I am also not flexible and the group of people who I would go with in the group dance section are flexible so therefore I feel I would look bad against them.
Geography: I have always been good at geography especially because it involves a right or wrong answer. I sometimes enjoy it however not always the part about rivers- I might be able to make myself enjoy that part tbh lol. The reason I didn't take geography from the start was because it is another academic subject with my others and involves a lot of revising and so if I take it will it bring all my other subject marks down too?! The other good thing about geography compared to dance is that it is more beneficial for later life if I wanted to take geography as an a level etc
It's kind of between if I take the subject I enjoy or the subject I am good at. I may stress if I take the subject I enjoy (dance). I guess I could join some contemporary classes but idk. Or is it that I should take the subject I am good at but involves lots of revising?!
Please help thank you so much!
I took the exact same subjects as you (including geography) without problem. I also got quite a lot of pressure to pick a lighter subject, but all of the choices were things I could do outside school and I didn't feel I needed to study a GCSE in them.
A lot will depend on how academically able you are, and how much you are willing to revise as you go along.
Can you do any style of dance for the practical part?
I did my GCSEs last year. I didn't take either of those options but a lot of my friends did. In terms of a long term view of your options and how it may impact on your future, I would say unless you are planning on becoming part of a dance studio or going to performing arts college, stick with geography. There are a lot of elements in it which will also help you a lot in your Biology and Chemistry classes. However, if you are more interested in dance and think that taking Geography will add to your workload(because it is a lot of work) too much that it all becomes overwhelming, go with dance. It's all about how you think you can manage the workload and obviously what you enjoy most
Choice is totally yours. You've sort of weighed the pros and cons of each jus depends whether your okay with another academic subject and having more revision or choosing a lighter subject but making sure you as good as your group mates. TBH history and geography are completely different and if you prepare well and from early on with revision you should be fine when it comes to exams.
It's your choice and think it through and make sure you chose what you wanna do as it's you who's gunna have to study the subjects and sit them exams.
Pick geography it will be more helpful and useful for you if you do want to carry on with it in A-Levels, you can do dance outside of school if you enjoy it you can't really do geography outside of school.