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I’m choosing my GCSE options and I’m torn between geography and history. I’m already taking French and Triple Science. I want to be a surgeon, so I don’t think the humanities will be very useful but I have to pick one.
The history GCSE has a section on medicine throughout the years, but I’m not sure it would be entirely relevant. Also, there’s a pretty big part of the GCSE focused on WW1, which I’m pretty sick of learning about.
I haven’t had a proper teacher for history this year (just loads of supplies) so by this point I’m pretty disenchanted, and geography seems like a better option? From what I can tell, it’s more interesting and there isn’t much coursework involved this year. But I think I could do well at either GCSE.
I know it’s a personal decision really, but does anybody have any advice?
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DEFINITELY GEOGRAPHY I love geography and at year 9, I was also really torn, what to do but now it is one of my favorite subjects, history is a lot of dates to learn and lots of essays whereas geography there is a real mix of topics and question types.
DEFINITELY GEOGRAPHY!
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Human Geography's great, but Physical is meh
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I totally agree with you!!!
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I would definately recommend history, it’s my favourite and I’ve taught myself the whole GCSE syllabus pretty much, I’ve had an awful teacher too, but I would say that Geography seems more of something to learn, and not remember, therefore you wouldn’t get sick of hearing about things but it could be harder to teach yourself if the same happens with your geography teacher, you may find it difficult. Traditional subjects are great to show variety when applying to university, french is great and history is seen as a traditional subject and respect for the past.
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(Original post by bookbookbook3224)
I’m choosing my GCSE options and I’m torn between geography and history. I’m already taking French and Triple Science. I want to be a surgeon, so I don’t think the humanities will be very useful but I have to pick one.
The history GCSE has a section on medicine throughout the years, but I’m not sure it would be entirely relevant. Also, there’s a pretty big part of the GCSE focused on WW1, which I’m pretty sick of learning about.
I haven’t had a proper teacher for history this year (just loads of supplies) so by this point I’m pretty disenchanted, and geography seems like a better option? From what I can tell, it’s more interesting and there isn’t much coursework involved this year. But I think I could do well at either GCSE.
I know it’s a personal decision really, but does anybody have any advice?
Really depends on what you prefer.

Personally, I’m much more of a History girl. Couldn’t stand geography. In terms of coursework, both were pretty demanding. I did WJEC History and AQA Geography a couple years ago, achieving a B in Geography and an A in History. But, I did the old GCSE specs - So rules on coursework have changed.

But, as I say - It’s entirely personal preference!
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geography is pretty easy for me and I dislike essay writing so I picked it instead of history, however if you enjoy writing tasks you would probably be better suited to history
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(Original post by bookbookbook3224)
I’m choosing my GCSE options and I’m torn between geography and history. I’m already taking French and Triple Science. I want to be a surgeon, so I don’t think the humanities will be very useful but I have to pick one.
The history GCSE has a section on medicine throughout the years, but I’m not sure it would be entirely relevant. Also, there’s a pretty big part of the GCSE focused on WW1, which I’m pretty sick of learning about.
I haven’t had a proper teacher for history this year (just loads of supplies) so by this point I’m pretty disenchanted, and geography seems like a better option? From what I can tell, it’s more interesting and there isn’t much coursework involved this year. But I think I could do well at either GCSE.
I know it’s a personal decision really, but does anybody have any advice?
Really depends on what you prefer.

Personally, I’m much more of a History girl. Couldn’t stand geography. In terms of coursework, both were pretty demanding. I did WJEC History and AQA Geography a couple years ago, achieving a B in Geography and an A in History. But, I did the old GCSE specs - So rules on coursework have changed.

But, as I say - It’s entirely personal preference!
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And I forgot to say! At the moment, in my schoo there is no coursework for history, but there is for geography
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(Original post by bookbookbook3224)
I’m choosing my GCSE options and I’m torn between geography and history. I’m already taking French and Triple Science. I want to be a surgeon, so I don’t think the humanities will be very useful but I have to pick one.
The history GCSE has a section on medicine throughout the years, but I’m not sure it would be entirely relevant. Also, there’s a pretty big part of the GCSE focused on WW1, which I’m pretty sick of learning about.
I haven’t had a proper teacher for history this year (just loads of supplies) so by this point I’m pretty disenchanted, and geography seems like a better option? From what I can tell, it’s more interesting and there isn’t much coursework involved this year. But I think I could do well at either GCSE.
I know it’s a personal decision really, but does anybody have any advice?
I studied both at GCSE and currently studying both for A Levels. I absolutely love both, although human geography can be a little boring physical geography is AMAZING! Personally I'm more of a history girl myself but it fully depends on your opinion. Discuss the medicine topic with your history teacher and discuss the Geography topics with your Geography teacher to. You also need to pick a subject you know you'll enjoy to ensure you get the best marks at GCSE's as that's what colleges or sixth forms or apprenticeships will look at.
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Geography you study past present and future ! And it’s so diverse so geography all the way
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