Dropping a GCSEWatch
I’m about to go into year 11, and i really don’t want to do my music GCSE. I spent the majority of year 10 stressing about it, and I’m wondering if there is anyway to avoid this is year 11. I’m worried that if I continue with this GCSE it will greatly lower how I perform in my other exams, for example subjects that I care more about such as science, english and maths . Can I drop the GCSE? How will it impact my future? I don’t want to be a person who just gives up as soon as things get difficult.
Hope this helps!
i did iGCSE (similar if not the same for internationals) and completed it last year. I got 10A*&As at the end. In year 10, I did something called "Additional Maths". That's above maths. I ended up getting a certificate as 'best additional maths students in year 10'. In year 11, first exam in september and I got a E. Around 25%. That's when my parents and I realised that Additional maths would completely and utterly ruin my igcse because I clearly couldnt get an A or A* which I wanted OR even if I did get an A* or A, then I'd spent too much time on it and get Bs elsewhere. I dropped it and never been happier. I wasted my summer revising year 10 material for Additional maths all for nothing.
I said this story to you so you understand that dropping a subject is not making you as a failure. It's a strategic decision which you need to make. Firstly, how many GCSE are you doing right now? What sort of grade are you getting in the other subjects and what grade are you getting on average in Music? Science, english and maths are a must. You must pass maths and english. No one cares about music.
No one will ever know you dropped music but everyone (unis) will know if you get a D or worse in it. Leave it whilst you still can