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    Hello,

    I’m in Year 10. In my school we had to choose three non compulsory subjects for GCSE; I chose computing, Spanish and history. Media Studies was an option but my parents talked me out of it. Now I regret doing history because it’s a difficult GCSE, I take little interest in it outside the lessons, I’m average (at least in my school) at it and I just don’t see it opening up many paths in my future.

    My parents, especially my dad, were very adverse to me taking it for GCSE, so I didn’t, but it’s the one subject I take a big interest in outside of school. So I have a few questions to pose here:

    1) Does taking A Level Media Studies disadvantage you if you didn’t take it for GCSE compared to if you did? It would normally not be an issue because only some schools offer the option (indeed, at my original secondary school before I moved, it was not) but the problem is the sixth form I would do the A Level in is in my current school, and so the students taking it would most likely have taken it for GCSE. Would this make it more difficult for me?

    2) Is it true that you have to be ruthless to get a career in this subject? I’m not sure if this is true or has been told to me by my parents to ward me off. I’m not a naturally very outgoing person so if so this would be a large factor in deciding whether or not this would be for me.

    3) How well does it pay? I’m worried it may pay peanuts unless you’re very lucky.

    4) Finally, should I take the GCSE outside of normal lessons (for example, in my spare time)? And if so, is it necessary or even possible to take the final exam?

    Thanks if you saw this and replies would be very grateful as this will impact my future heavily (I still have a while to think about it, but I’m worried I should make a decision sooner rather than later.

    Thanks again!

    Owen
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    Hello,

    I’m in Year 10. In my school we had to choose three non compulsory subjects for GCSE; I chose computing, Spanish and history. Media Studies was an option but my parents talked me out of it. Now I regret doing history because it’s a difficult GCSE, I take little interest in it outside the lessons, I’m average (at least in my school) at it and I just don’t see it opening up many paths in my future.

    My parents, especially my dad, were very adverse to me taking it for GCSE, so I didn’t, but it’s the one subject I take a big interest in outside of school. So I have a few questions to pose here:

    1) Does taking A Level Media Studies disadvantage you if you didn’t take it for GCSE compared to if you did? It would normally not be an issue because only some schools offer the option (indeed, at my original secondary school before I moved, it was not) but the problem is the sixth form I would do the A Level in is in my current school, and so the students taking it would most likely have taken it for GCSE. Would this make it more difficult for me?

    2) Is it true that you have to be ruthless to get a career in this subject? I’m not sure if this is true or has been told to me by my parents to ward me off. I’m not a naturally very outgoing person so if so this would be a large factor in deciding whether or not this would be for me.

    3) How well does it pay? I’m worried it may pay peanuts unless you’re very lucky.

    4) Finally, should I take the GCSE outside of normal lessons (for example, in my spare time)? And if so, is it necessary or even possible to take the final exam?

    Thanks if you saw this and replies would be very grateful as this will impact my future heavily (I still have a while to think about it, but I’m worried I should make a decision sooner rather than later.

    Thanks again!

    Owen
    Talk to your teachers about whether taking the A level without gcse will be an issue. Like you say lots of people start studying it at A level so it won’t be unmanageable but you’ll need your teacher’s support.

    As for careers- there’s no single career in media. You need to research the different roles available and figure out what you would like to do in order to know how competitive it is. http://creativeskillset.org/job_roles Should help with that.
 
 
 

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