if was me what would have happened is either not bother with it and end up with a F and a waste of a GCSE. or devote more time to it at expense o f other subjects. i think it would be like this for others also
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The education department in the Government actually thought for quite long about which subjects should be compulsury, and creative art is not something like maths or english which you will need in everyday life to make it compulsury.
I think the underlying problem is that the UK education system is based on specialision. Pupils chose their GCSEs and A-Levels with the mindset that they need to pick the exact subjects which will help them go to uni and/or get the best job they can, and as we're being told we have to specialise and only pick a handful, no one wants to "waste time" on creative subjects which they could do outside of school (which they don't end up doing because GCSEs and A-Levels take up so much time). Maths and English are obviously more well established, and I think that's going to stay the case because they fit so well in this specialisation system - they're seen as teaching widely-applicable skills (problem solving, writing, analysis etc) that could be useful even if you decide to change what industry you're going into.
In order to even be seriously considered, DT subjects needed to be more academic (also IT, which is slowly being phased out in favour of Computer Science anyway), because otherwise (as someone else mentioned) they just remain subjects that aren't taken seriously. However, with this change they're less appealing to students who are less maths/science-academic and better suited to creative subjects, and STILL won't be appealing to more conventionally academic students who would want to go into tech and engineering because they're safer taking Maths and sciences courses to get into those sectors anyway.
I think the same applies to all creative subjects. I would love to see more people in Music and Drama at my school, but very few people who actually have a talent for this kind of thing actually want to take them. There's too much pressure to pick academic subjects, and the thing that most people enjoy about Music, Art and Drama is the creative side, so when music theory and artist research are suddenly injected into the course after a year of practical lessons, students (at least in my school) just drop them anyway. As long as we have this system there's not much point in making creative subjects compolsury. It would be great if schools' performing arts departments got more funding to run concerts and productions so students could have experience in creative arts on the side of Maths, English and Science without having to take an exam in it (à la US high schools on TV), but not many people past Year 10 who don't take a Music or Drama course would participate because it's not going to help them get an A.
I did Drama at GCSE and I do not believe it should be compulsory at all, not unlike STEM subjects. I think the use of the creative arts should be just an afterschool club or something.
In my class, most of the students just chose it because it was 'reading lines off of a page' but they didn't take into account the 2 hour and 45 minutes exam, which caused them stress. Personally, I found drama to be quite stressful (yes seriously) as we had prep for performances which was 6 hours in total a week - far more hours than other subjects. We also had performances such as Rock Challenge and we worked with Frantic Assembly which ate up some more time. I was so stressed with the course as everytime we did something it was instantly changed by my teacher.
Creative arts can be fufilling and there is nothing quite like the feeling of acting on stage but it's not for everyone - the students who picked it up because it's an 'easy' subject had to work really hard on their acting. Acting doesn't come natural to everyone and even though, the spilt was 40% acting 60% writing, it still counted towards the grade.
To conclude, I'm not against the arts - I'll probably use my Drama grade more than my French grade - but if you want to do a STEM career there's not really a point in Creative Arts. You may find it helps you in some case to revise or whatever but it should really be made crucial. Anyway, the chances of actually succeeding in the career are quite slim so what's the point in making it compulsory?
NO WAY should we force kids to waste their time on mickey mouse subjects