Is History GCSE worth taking?Watch
How 'respected' they are doesn't come into it at all
One point though - it may be slightly easier to find revision materials etc online for history compared to economics.
Do whichever you enjoy most and think you will get a better grade in.
Don't get why your mum's so opposed. It's just a GCSE, it's like 10% of your subjects.
Exam style wise, economics is far less time-pressured and far less technique based. For AQA, 25% of the Economics GCSE is multiple choice - free marks essentially if you've done your revision. However, microeconomics is completely boring. Macroeconomics is somewhat more fascinating, but can get confusing at times. If you're able to do hardcore revision, economics should be a walk in the park for you. Also try to consider what career paths you want to follow. If you're looking to go into accountacy, business management, or finance - it might be helpful (but not necessary) to take economics to GCSE and A-level. Oh, and there also aren't very many essay questions. The longest mark answer for AQA Econ is 6 marks.
HOWEVER - as someone mentioned, econ is a relatively new spec. There will be more resources for History. Although, assuming you're in Yr.9, by the time you come to do your GCSEs - you'll have 2 sets of past papers, and your teachers will be versed with grade boundaries and teaching techniques. No real reason to worry.
History I find fascinating. Your school will pick 4 units, but this can range from Nazi Germany, to Norman England, to the recent war in Afghanistan. I'd suggest finding out with your History department what GCSE will entail - and then figure out if it'll interest you. History is significantly more workload than Econ, you need to understand both content and exam style. Each question will have a vastly different mark scheme and structure, and each needs to be practised individually. Also, if you're bad with essays, go towards Econ; the longest mark question in History is 20 marks. However, History is really gripping - and can be taken as an entertaining 4th A-level later on down the line. I also failed to mention that AQA recently added 15 minutes to each History paper (they used to be 1h45m - now it's 2 hrs for each paper) - making it far less time pressured than it was before.
In conclusion, take econ if you're better at maths, memory, and/or want to go into finance. Take history if you want an entertaining subject, but don't mind the longer essays/strenuous exam questions.
History I find fascinating. Your school will pick 4 units, but this can range from Nazi Germany, to Norman England, to the recent war in Afghanistan. I'd suggest finding out with your History department what GCSE will entail - and then figure out if it'll interest you.
Yeh, why not. It's pretty easy; I got a 7 and I was sort of average at it with a TERRRRRRRIBLE teacher I kid you not! It's also super respected by uni's and it shows you can do essay writing so hey, why not.
But no GCSE is respected by universities... plus, often you need to have studied a subject at GCSE level to be able to take it at A-level, and A-level history is well respected for the skills that it teaches you. 'In essence', history teaches you evaluative and development skills which are the bases of every essay you write. No GCSE is degree level - that's the point of it. Its appropriate for 15-16 year olds?
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