Question regarding the national curriculum

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Hi, I'm not from around these parts and I'm not familiar with the local education system, I could use some help in wrapping my head around the national curriculum and the minimum amount of GCSEs that most colleges require (which in most cases is apparently 5).

Recently I've been looking into some GCSE courses, my main foci are Mathematics, Computer Science, English, German, and Spanish.

However, the gov.uk page regarding the national curriculum states that the core subjects are English, Mathematics, and Science. Does that mean I am required to include the latter (or any combination of Chemistry, Biology, and Physics) in my agenda should I look forward to enrol at a college in the future?
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No, there's no need to take a Science, unless you will need it for a career aspiration later on (for instance you need at least a grade 4 in at least one Science to be a primary school teacher.)
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The core subjects are usually the ones mandatory in school, but the only ones they're really strict on are that you need to pass maths and english language, so I'd reccomend you do those two. A lot of people forced to take sciences don't pass and it doesn't stop them going to college, but maths and english are often a basic requirement.

Like Compost said, science would only be important if you need it for a future course/career.

There's single, double, and triple science as well, so if you're not sure you could do a single science GCSE just in case.
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There's single, double, and triple science as well, so if you're not sure you could do a single science GCSE just in case.
There's no longer a single GCSE in Science, the options would be to pick one from Biology, Chemistry and Physics or to take Combined Science (which is 2 GCSEs) - or to do IGCSE Science.
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