Dropping compulsory subjects

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Hello I’m in year 9 and I’m wondering what are the rules of dropping a compulsory subject.

I would like to drop re but I’m not sure how to, on my school website it says All students undertake the R.E. GCSE from Year 9. The final exam is sat at the end of Year 10.

Can someone explain what they mean by this and if I’m allowed to drop it, and anything I can do like bring a parent into school
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Don’t think you can drop a compulsory subject. You have to either take GCSE RE or you have to move to a different school that doesn’t make RE compulsory (and I’m not really sure if any schools like that still exist, tbh).
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why drop re? you dont even need to revise to pass
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Moved to GCSEs
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What reason would you give for dropping it? You can't claim it's because don't believe in it. As all RE GCSEs involve more than one religion everyone doesn't believe in some of it.
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(Original post by Depressed44)
Hello I’m in year 9 and I’m wondering what are the rules of dropping a compulsory subject.

I would like to drop re but I’m not sure how to, on my school website it says All students undertake the R.E. GCSE from Year 9. The final exam is sat at the end of Year 10.

Can someone explain what they mean by this and if I’m allowed to drop it, and anything I can do like bring a parent into school
ask them
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Don’t think you can drop a compulsory subject. You have to either take GCSE RE or you have to move to a different school that doesn’t make RE compulsory (and I’m not really sure if any schools like that still exist, tbh).
My old school still makes top set do philosophy rather than RE
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My old school still makes top set do philosophy rather than RE
There isn't a GCSE in Philosophy - what do they study?
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Don’t think you can drop a compulsory subject. You have to either take GCSE RE or you have to move to a different school that doesn’t make RE compulsory (and I’m not really sure if any schools like that still exist, tbh).
My school didn't offer re lol
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My school didn't offer re lol
When you say “didn’t offer”, are you saying that you couldn’t even pick it at your school? That’s weird…
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When you say “didn’t offer”, are you saying that you couldn’t even pick it at your school? That’s weird…
Private school things. It wasn't a GCSE option.
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When you say “didn’t offer”, are you saying that you couldn’t even pick it at your school? That’s weird…
maybe they couldn't find a teacher for it so didn't have the resources to teach it/offer it
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My old school still makes top set do philosophy rather than RE
How on earth do they decide who gets to go in top set to do philosophy? Do they just look at the student as a whole or do they base it on how they performed in RE in earlier years? Either way, that seems like a bizarre thing to do.
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maybe they couldn't find a teacher for it so didn't have the resources to teach it/offer it
That’s a possibility. Could be that.
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When you say “didn’t offer”, are you saying that you couldn’t even pick it at your school? That’s weird…
As you have to teach it a bit a lot of school used to make students take the short course GCSE (the size of half a GCSE). When that stopped being counted in league tables about 6 years ago a huge number of schools stopped making their students take any RE exams. I expect all the faith schools offer it as an option at the least, but quite a lot of other schools don't - not that many teenagers volunteer to study RE.
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There isn't a GCSE in Philosophy - what do they study?
They don't do an exam.
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How on earth do they decide who gets to go in top set to do philosophy? Do they just look at the student as a whole or do they base it on how they performed in RE in earlier years? Either way, that seems like a bizarre thing to do.
I'm not really sure - I started in that school during GCSEs and was just put in top set for everything based on my report from my old school
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RS isn't a course in religious scripture requiring belief, it's a course in comparative religion considering world religions from an academic viewpoint. This is important in fostering cultural awareness, tolerance, and acceptance, which is a key skill you will require well beyond your GCSEs in your personal and professional life. I think it might be a national curriculum requirement in any case to provide RS at all key stages anyway so the government mandate it in any case. Even if you didn't do a GCSE in it you would still be required to attend lessons in the area.

As such I doubt you will be able to drop it, and even if you could you ought not to.
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Hello I’m in year 9 and I’m wondering what are the rules of dropping a compulsory subject.

I would like to drop re but I’m not sure how to, on my school website it says All students undertake the R.E. GCSE from Year 9. The final exam is sat at the end of Year 10.

Can someone explain what they mean by this and if I’m allowed to drop it, and anything I can do like bring a parent into school
hi, in my school the only subjects they force you to do is french for GCSE all other subjects (except cores) you can drop make sure you ask a teacher if it's GCSE R.E or it's core where you don't do an exam because in my school students who DON'T pick GCSE R.E still have to do a core for some reason
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students who DON'T pick GCSE R.E still have to do a core for some reason
RE is the only subject that is wholly compulsory in schools.
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