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Hey Year 8’s and 9’s,
You’ve probably clicked on this if you’re still conflicted about...
WHAT TO CHOOSE FOR YOUR GCSES
helloooo:wavey: we're here to help:woo:
WE KNOW HOW IT FEELS:yep:
we've all been through the process of picking gcse options and know how daunting it can be:ahhhhh:

If you’re just looking for a bit of advice, here are clouddbubbles's 5 top tips...
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1. Pick the subjects you enjoy;
you’ve got to study them for the next two years and there’s no point picking a subject that you know will BORE YOU TO DEATH :rip:
2. Have a mix of academic and creative subjects;
if your timetable is made up of all academic subjects you’re likely to enjoy lessons a lot less. Having creative subjects helps to break it up a bit and can also unload a bit of stress of you!
3. Pick subjects you’ll do well in;
if you’re predicted to fail a subject, maybe it’s not smart to choose it. Unless you’ll make it your mission to improve your grade in that subject, go for the ones you’re predicted to do well in or pass.
4. Don’t pick a subject because you like the teacher;
loads of my friends did this and ended up with a terrible one! It’s really unlikely you’ll get that teacher for the next two or three years of your gcse course, so don’t base your decisions on this.
5. Make the most of those options evenings you;
ask the teachers for advice, they know you best (in terms of whether the subject is for you or not) so they will be incredibly helpful in influencing your decision!

If you’re considering a subject that you haven’t done before – such as media, business studies or health and social care, try to do your research! Find out the exam board you’ll be on for that course and take a look at what it’s all about and ask any friends doing the subject any questions you've got about it:yep: From that, you should hopefully have some idea of if the subject will suit you.
Still stuck?
That’s what this thread is for! Ask whatever questions you like, and there’ll be plenty of people who can help you out:party:
Just want to discuss your options?
Let us know what you’re planning on taking and how you're feeling about them:rave:

Subject GuidesTo help you make the decision, we've put together a series of threads which answer some of the most common questions you might like to consider before taking the course. In each thread there is information about the GCSE and A level syllabus (including for core subjects), and if you have any other questions then you can ask on the thread
More guides will be added as they are made
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I don't know if the choices I'm making are too acedemic. So far I'm thinking of doingnglish Lang. (Compulsory)English lit (Compulsory)Maths (compulsory)Triple science (compulsory)Geography (option)History (option)Spanish (compulsory)Latin (option)Rs (Short course) ( I could do full course but wouldn't have to drop an option)I'm thinking this is going to be difficult however I'm not good at anything arty or creative so not sure what else I can do.Thanks
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thanks for making this toastie :hugs: :thumbsup:
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(Original post by confused231)
I don't know if the choices I'm making are too acedemic. So far I'm thinking of doingnglish Lang. (Compulsory)English lit (Compulsory)Maths (compulsory)Triple science (compulsory)Geography (option)History (option)Spanish (compulsory)Latin (option)Rs (Short course) ( I could do full course but wouldn't have to drop an option)I'm thinking this is going to be difficult however I'm not good at anything arty or creative so not sure what else I can do.Thanks
this is essentially what i took, except i did pe instead of latin and pe is my SLIGHTLY more chilled subject :dontknow:

i am coping okay. if you have nothing you’re better at, then perhaps you should just stick with those options. it’s not as difficult as they make out!! if this is where your interests lie then go for it - my mistake was taking geography and history (and i hate both subjects. not difficult, im just not in the right mindset!)
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Hi, I'm planning on taking English lit and lang(compulsory) maths fm french(compulsory triple science, and, for my options, geog, history and rs, do you guys know if that many humanities will be hard or easy hard? I'm also considering astronomy in year 10, but I've heard there's a lot of hard work involved
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(Original post by Pancakesontoast)
Hi, I'm planning on taking English lit and lang(compulsory) maths fm french(compulsory triple science, and, for my options, geog, history and rs, do you guys know if that many humanities will be hard or easy hard? I'm also considering astronomy in year 10, but I've heard there's a lot of hard work involved
I know a lot of people in my school took geography and history and coped well with the workload (and did v well in the end) although it wasn’t allowed to take three humanities at my school I think as long as you enjoy the subjects you should be fine:yep:
If you’re planning on taking astronomy I’d do it for a personal interest in the subject not just for the sake of getting an extra gcse; it’s a gcse and will come with work.
Good luck:hugs:
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If you're in need of some more advice for choosing your GCSE options, we've collated the best tips on TSR into an article: Five steps to choosing your perfect GCSE subject options.
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Which else has triple science as compulsory??
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DO NOT TAKE GCSE ART:sparta:
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Yes do not take art or i will hunt you down and supply you with tissues for your future tears
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I am literally taking NO creative subjects because I swear I have NO creativity. If I can, I'm taking an extra language, because I'm good at them and enjoy them. Spanish is compulsory, German is an option.
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I'd recommend doing GCSE Environmental Management which is a really interesting subject! It includes theories and concepts from Geography and a bit of biology together so for anyone whose really into those subjects could give it a try!
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Yo guys, im thinking of self teaching myself either Sociology GCSE or Economics GCSE, was wondering which one would be the easiest and requires the lesser amount of work. Also, what exam board would you guys recommend for sociology, Eduqas or AQA? Would really apreciate help thx
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Ahh it's my options evening tonight at school
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