Do GCSEs actually matter ? Watch
I’m in year 10 soon to be in year 11 but I feel like everyone is over stressing about GCSES like I do understand because I’m stressing but sometimes I come to think of it do they actually matter? Please tell me ur opinions below
Hiya, I left school at 16 with average GCSE’s & I’m currently doing an access course and I go to university this year (I’m 19) I would honestly say don’t worry! It’s not the end of the world if you don’t pass, so many alternative qualifications out there which to me were more helpful. However I would really recommend trying to get 5 especially maths and English as many employers look for that. Also with maths and English it gives you an opportunity to explore different paths I.e a-levels, college or an apprenticeship. Don’t panic!!!😬x x
There have been cases in recent years of home educated kids who have decided to pay an extra £9000 to do a foundation year at university to bypass GCSEs and A Levels. After graduation there have been several cases of employers 'biting' them by demanding GCSEs in addition to a degree or asking for their GCSE grades. It has put them in a dilemma whether to lie about their GCSEs or tell the employers that they did a foundation year instead and potentially lose out on the job offer - which is what tends to happen.
Many basic public sector jobs demand 5 GCSEs but won't accept A Levels or degrees as a substitute.
There has been discussion in the home education community about whether the government should legally make a foundation year at university an alternative and equivalent to 5 GCSEs when it comes to employment.
- Section Leader
Gabbyyyxxx how do you think you're doing in your various subjects at the moment?
- Community Assistant
So don’t stress about revision so much that it affects your mental health but at the other extreme, don’t have the attitude, “my GCSE grades won’t matter in the future so I won’t put in any effort”. The work you do at GCSE level could be the most important academic work that you do.
The course I wanted to do at Loughborough required A-Level Maths, which I didn't do. They did however offer a foundation year for those who had a Level 6 in GCSE maths, unfortunately, I had a level 5, meaning I couldn't get in.
So yeah, English and Maths are probably the most important ones, but try your best on them all.
- Section Leader
Not everybody at school takes their GCSE exams. Some students take GCSE exams but end up with poor grades below what employers or colleges want but later take a foundation year at university.