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maths, english, science
r.s (short course)
i.t (short course)
p.e (we don't get a gcse for it unless we take it as an option)

we choose 4 options
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For my GCSEs, we had to take both English, double science, maths, a technology subject, half IT and a language. Then, for my maths set, it was compulsory to do statistics too. So the only free choice I made myself were History and German, since I had to do textiles and French and IT anyway.

I did study latin outside of school too though. So while the average person at school did nine and a half GCSES, I have eleven and a half since I cchose to tutor myself Latin and was forced into statistics.
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What the flip? I'm not doing ICT, PE or Citizenship!!!!!!!!! I'd rather do a gcse into the works of shakespeare or a gcse that coursework includes "how to make a clock from a potato!"

PE - who would want to do that - its just a gcse in throwing a damn ball onto a wall.
It's not that easy. there's a thing called the obesity epidemic happening in britain right now. they have lots of common sense to encourage sport; as my pe teacher says, sport is for life; it helps develop helath and social skills. the actual gcse course is quite easy from what i've heard, but lots of people i know love it and it helps with biology gcse quite alot.

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ICT - anyone and everyone can operate a computer (generally). why is the government making it compulsory? .
I don't think it is compulsary, but lots of people do short course at school. having ict skills is just a necessity nowadays for almost all jobs. and it only take up one hour of the curriculum. and like you said "generally" people can use a computer. it tuahgt me how to use powerpoint, macromedia firewroks, html codes etc which is all veru useful

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Citizenship - why learn this? what is this? it shouldn't be even part of the curriculum. name me one career that actually needs a grade c or above in gcse citizenship..
it's not compulsary at my school; all we have is 1 hour of pshe with no qualification, however i completely disagree with you. in brtiain we have the highest teenage pregnancy rates in europe and awful binge drinknig rates. immigration is rife and social tension growing. alot of people are ignorant and uneducated about other cultures, races, health, alcohol etc; and this sort of subject helps it. you may think it's stupid but i think it is incredibly important knowledege that all young people should have access to and receive information about.
no jobs needs it, but would any job not want it? teaching, police, medicine, and general life NEEDS some sort of social and ethical education.

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i'm not suprised that the governement is saying that standards in English and Maths are poor. Why? - is what they say. Well I'll tell you why - more than half of the national curriculum in ks3 and ks4 is dominated by ICT, PE and Citi...
you are so hyperbolic. english and maths at my school takes up 8/25 lessons. pe ict and pshe only 4/25 lessons. a bit over the top.
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no jobs needs it, but would any job not want it? teaching, police, medicine, and general life NEEDS some sort of social and ethical education.
:albertein that's true though
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english lit or media
french, german or spanish
history,rs or geography
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compulsory was:
english
english lit
maths
double science (triple if in top set)
short course rs
short course IT

Then we had 4 options out of arts (incl PE), languages, technology and humanities. we could pick 2 out of one option if we wanted i.e we could do geog and history.

also a small group of us did AS crit thinking as an extra.

on average people did 11 GCSEs.
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We have a compulsory language, compulsory RE, and short course IT
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English Language
English Literature
Maths
Double Science
Additional Science
Religious Studies Short Course
Citizenship Short Course
German or French
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A language, everyone takes two to start with in KS3 and then Spanish/German can be dropped within those 3 years and they continue with French for GCSE or if the person has stuck with two, they can choose one or both to take at GCSE (like me).

English Lit isnt compulsary at our school...
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compulsary was: eng, eng lit, maths, sciences (separate or dual), modern language (french,spanish,german). and we had 3 options (or 4 if you did dual science) i did geog,rs and history
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At our school, you had to do English Lan, Maths and Double Science, and if you did higher English Lan, you did English Lit too. You also have to do General Studies and a half GCSE in "working life", PE (but no GCSE with it) and because our school is an expressive arts specialist, you had to choose one expressive art, leaving you with three other options. Applied Subjects - Business, IT and Health and Social count as two options.

I chose drama for my expressive art, did Business Studies and Geography. Overall, I'll get 10 and a half GCSE's (although I wish I'd had the option to do more)
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we have to do English language, English literature, maths, science and at least 1 modern language like German, Spanish, french or Italian
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ict and RS but one could be half courseand either a tech/ art/ music/ drama as it was an arts college
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When I made my choices (about eight years ago), we had to take both English subjects, Maths and Double Science, and half-courses in Welsh and R.E. We also had to take a "language" (French, Welsh, German or - bizarrely - Religious Studies); a "technology" (Textiles, Graphics, Resistant Materials, Home Economics or ICT); a "humanity" (History or Geography) and then we had two "free" options, where we could pick virtually any subjects we hadn't been able to fit in already. Oh, and top-set Maths students also had to take Statistics, but I weaselled out of that one because I found it so boring!
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English Language
English Literature
Sciences (seperate, applied, or double dependent on level)
RE short course
Maths
Welsh short course
ICT full course

Ruth xx
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Compulsory:

English
English Literature
Maths
Physics
Chemistry
Biology
French
Latin

Choices (have to choose 3, and only 1 non-gcse if you choose one of the non-gcses):

Art and Design
Music
Religious Studies
Geography
History
Greek or Spanish or Italian
Non-gcse sport
Non-gcse food tech
Non-gcse drama/video tech
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English lit.
English Lang.
Modular Maths
Double Award Science
Design Technology (Product Design/Textitles/Food Tech.)
Religious Studies (Catholicism)


Prodcut Design screwed me over.... grrrrr.
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English
English Lit
Maths
A modern foreign language - French, German or Spanish
Separate science/Dual Award Science

If you chose Dual Award Science you'd get 4 options and separate, you'd get 3. Making 10 GCSEs in total

I do/did (just finished ) Dual Award and my 4 were RS, Geography, History, and I did two languages, French and German
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Compulsory:
Maths
Science Dual
English Lit
English Lan
Statistics (year 10)
RE Short Course

Then 4 optional (all I can remember):
IT
History
Geography
Business Studies
Media Studies
Catering
Textiles
Resistant Materials
Art
Music
PE
RE Long Course
French
German
(Now Spanish)
Drama
Dance (although thats generally done seperately, GCSE in year 9, and A Level in year 11)
VEC (some vocational thing at the local FE college. Takes up 2 options)
(Any tech subjects take up 2 options too)

That was for my year, for the options. The year above us had 4 boxes and they had to pick 1 from each box, we got to pick any 4. Then we got "media arts" status, and the year below had to pick atleast 1 media subject (Art, Media, Music, Music Tech, Photography [strangely not IT]). And now I havn't got a clue how it works. They have different "pathways". I dont like it. I'd prefer it if they didnt force students to take a media subject or whatever. I wouldn't have been able to pick the options I did if i was in the year below.

Also, now you can chose to do an "English Studies" GCSE instead of english lit, which is basically a joint lit and media GCSE (I think). And the top set English people now do English Lit in year 10 and then AS Critical Thinking as well as GCSE English Lan in year 11
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At my school it's compulsory to take English Lit, English Lang, Maths, Science (single, double or triple (if single, Business Studies has to be taken)), and RE
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