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I'm a very academic student and have high aspirations etc. I was just wondering if you think my GCSE choices are suitable. I mean, I'm not really sure what I'd like to do when I'm older yet, but I'll definatley be off to university and I'd like to go to a top university; I have looked into it and like the look of Nottingham, and a few others. Anyway, I'd really appreciate it if you'd just look over my choices? I don't want to get a GCSE in something that won't help me in the future. I know they don't look at GCSE subjects too closely, but it all helps at the end of the day.

So, at my school you have to take;
English (2 GCSE's)
Mathematics
Double Science
Religious Education

And I'm thinking of also taking:
French
History
Geography
Drama

I know Drama isn't exactly the best subject to take at GCSE (academics wise) but after a heavy load of Geography AND History (you're only supposed to take one humanities subject but i'm 'gifted' so I get to take more than one) so I thought Drama would be a good way of gaining confidence and just having fun. I also have a passion for theatre and it's something I've always enjoyed and acheived very highly in.

i would really appreciate your feedback? x
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They seem like great choices

What do you want to do at university?
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I wasn't allowed to take more than 9 GCSEs.

So doing drama in addition to the others is absolutely fine! In fact, as you've said, it will give you confidence and is fun. Great!
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Well it seems that you are quite highly acedemic.. and i think you are choosing some great courses and if you can get good grades in these subjects then you would be able to do some good A/Levels...what do you think you want to do later on in life? i mean is it engineering, accounting, History related etc??

my only concern was the amount of subjects that are in here, there is a lot!! but if you an manage all of them + the coursework then you would certainly be making a very good start good luck anyway
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I take Geography and History and they are completely different subjects.
But if you wanted to do medicine or something at uni, then you should consider separate science if your school does it.
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Your GCSE's are fine. To be completely honest, GCSE's don't really comprehend any jobs or anything. Its the A-Levels you should be worried about. Your choice of GCSE's are perfectly adequate.
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I do History and Geography and once the coursework is out the way the work load is fine Loads of people I know do Drama and they love it You've got really good choices.
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Thankyou so much for all of your responses!
I had no idea i'd get so many in such a short amount of time!

Erm, well as I said, I have high aspirations and I'd really like
to be a lawyer, or being completely different - a journalist.
I've always loved writing and English has always been my top
subject. Obviously, having a love for theatre means an actress
is also a dream, but not your typical film/movie star kind of thing.
Ha, I've always felt at home on stage. But I'd rather think academically
right now, as I know how hard it is to get into the acting field.

I don't want to particuarly do anything history or geography related,
They are just something I enjoy, something I acheive well in & subjects
I know universities like.
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Don't worry about the amount of GCSEs. I do that many and so does everyone else at my school. I might be wrong but I think I've generally found that at public and other "good" schools they focus on less subjects more A*s and at average state schools there are more subjects and less A*s. However, considering you are in my sisters year, you seem very intelligent and should have no trouble. With the drama if you want to be a lawyer or a journalist it should really come in handy. The confidence will help you no end and also the evaluative and analytical skills you'll gain.
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Your gcse choices seem great
Good luck with them in the future!
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Just work on getting the grades. You shouldn't really worry about the choice of subjects at GCSE, this kind of thing is more relevant at A Level. I'd advise that you just do what you enjoy and make sure that you don't slack in your compulsory subjects.
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(Original post by annab1684)
Don't worry about the amount of GCSEs. I do that many and so does everyone else at my school. I might be wrong but I think I've generally found that at public and other "good" schools they focus on less subjects more A*s and at average state schools there are more subjects and less A*s. However, considering you are in my sisters year, you seem very intelligent and should have no trouble. With the drama if you want to be a lawyer or a journalist it should really come in handy. The confidence will help you no end and also the evaluative and analytical skills you'll gain.
I'm surprised at all the people saying it's a lot of subjects. I thought 10was the usual number and a minimum of something like 8? At my school, which is a grammar school, they have us doing a ridiculous number of subjects. I think the maximum possible for one person to do at my school is 17 1/2 :eek: (which includes 4 ICT GCSEs, 4 languages and short course RE for the half, amongst other things). Oh and another one if you speak a language at home (e.g. Urdu). And additional maths and asset languages on top of that. (For the record, I don't know of anyone actually doing quite that many but there are quite a few taking 13+, and even 15+ GCSEs.) It's beyond ridiculous... especially when the school's expecting all As/A*s. The minimum at my school is 12.

Edit - Almost forgot to say, your choices sound good. And you've got a language which is great.
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Our school only make us do nine GCSEs.
They follow the 'quality over quantity' rule.

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Being an academic student, its good that you are only choosing 1 arty subject and by that I mean DT, Art, Drama etc...
At my school you either did history and geography, two languages (which i did; my mistake) or two arty subjects. For you, these choices look absolutely fine but yes, as said before, seperate science will help you more if you choose to do A-Level sciences. (I havent done science at A level because i hate it but this seems to be the consensus among others who do do it) I'd say go with these choices; unis are starting to look at GCSEs with more vigour when giving out places and a high proportion of A*s (which you are more likely to get in subjects you enjoy) will go a good way in ensuring your place at a good uni.

PS: make sure you get more than 7A*s or LSE and UCL won't want you
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Our school only make us do nine GCSEs.
They follow the 'quality over quantity' rule.

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Our school follow the 'quantity, quality and nervous breakdown' rule.:rolleyes:

It's partly because they have a few specialisms (like some schools are sports colleges or technology colleges) so everyone has to take subjects in those areas. I mean, I'm taking 14 1/2 (after dropping 1) but a lot of them are in similar areas (lots of languages). I don't have a humanities subject in amongst all of those which is a shame because I really wanted to take history.
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That's crazy :O
If you don't mind my asking, what school are you at?
I noticed you live in Yorkshire that's all. I may have heard of it or even . . . know people there
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Oh, does it matter GCSE Grades then?
You HAVE to get more than 7A*s?

Hmm. It's really annoying because I would take two
or so more GCSE's if I could, but we're only allowed to
take ten. And only three of them are our own choices,
and that's also after me dropping a tech (Food Tech,
Textiles, Prod Des or Graphics) and that was hard to
arrange anyways. It's only because they call me 'gifted'
in Humanities that I get my extra option.
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Oxbridge here you come!
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We have a lot more freedom. There are four blocks and we pick one from each. The blocks tend to have one or two humanities, one arts subject and one technology subject along with something like leisure and tourism or the college course. For example one of my friends takes spanish, music, drama and dance and another takes, spanish, history, geography and R.E and I take spanish, music, history and drama.
How interesting. . .
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hey i'm in year 11 and i do french and geography

geography's great; it makes sense and the coursework is basically the most interesting one i've done so far =]

i personally love french but some people don't; i think that's just up to you tbh

good luck!
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