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What GCSEs should I do?

I’m choosing my GCSEs next week, and I want to be a fashion historian, but I’m unsure about what a levels I would need, or if I can go to college. I don’t really want to take textiles because I don’t find it very fun but I’ve looked at a fashion course at a college and it says that I need an art related subject. Please help!
Original post by Bagpuss567
I’m choosing my GCSEs next week, and I want to be a fashion historian, but I’m unsure about what a levels I would need, or if I can go to college. I don’t really want to take textiles because I don’t find it very fun but I’ve looked at a fashion course at a college and it says that I need an art related subject. Please help!


Strictly speaking, you don't need specific GCSE subjects to become a fashion historian. I would make sure that you have good grades for maths and English language for college and university requirements.

I don't know of any site that strictly offers job advice on the career, but consider the following:
https://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/learning/craft-careers/craft-careers-how-amber-butchart-became-fashion-historian (this is her degree: https://www.arts.ac.uk/subjects/curation-and-culture/postgraduate/ma-fashion-cultures-and-histories-lcf#application-process)

The following are related degrees:
https://www.brighton.ac.uk/courses/study/fashion-and-design-history-ba-hons.aspx
https://www.arts.ac.uk/subjects/curation-and-culture/undergraduate/ba-hons-fashion-communication-histories-and-theories-csm#application-process
https://www.gla.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/dress-textile-histories/

Considering it's such a niched subject, there aren't that many degrees on it.

As far as I can tell, you are better off doing something related to history for an undergrad, then specialise in a master's in fashion history. Some of the master's might need a fashion related undergrad degree, so you're better off asking first. In any case, you would do a history related PhD on top.

As such, the fashion course at college might not be necessary. Having said that, an art related subject does not mean textiles. It means art and design (you can try contacting the college to double check on this; they should welcome calls or emails from applicants). As far as I can tell, there is only one GCSE that is related to art, unless the college meant something different (see the following for list of GCSE subjects: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Certificate_of_Secondary_Education#Subjects)
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Original post by MindMax2000
Strictly speaking, you don't need specific GCSE subjects to become a fashion historian. I would make sure that you have good grades for maths and English language for college and university requirements.

I don't know of any site that strictly offers job advice on the career, but consider the following:
https://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/learning/craft-careers/craft-careers-how-amber-butchart-became-fashion-historian (this is her degree: https://www.arts.ac.uk/subjects/curation-and-culture/postgraduate/ma-fashion-cultures-and-histories-lcf#application-process)

The following are related degrees:
https://www.brighton.ac.uk/courses/study/fashion-and-design-history-ba-hons.aspx
https://www.arts.ac.uk/subjects/curation-and-culture/undergraduate/ba-hons-fashion-communication-histories-and-theories-csm#application-process
https://www.gla.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/dress-textile-histories/

Considering it's such a niched subject, there aren't that many degrees on it.

As far as I can tell, you are better off doing something related to history for an undergrad, then specialise in a master's in fashion history. Some of the master's might need a fashion related undergrad degree, so you're better off asking first. In any case, you would do a history related PhD on top.

As such, the fashion course at college might not be necessary. Having said that, an art related subject does not mean textiles. It means art and design (you can try contacting the college to double check on this; they should welcome calls or emails from applicants). As far as I can tell, there is only one GCSE that is related to art, unless the college meant something different (see the following for list of GCSE subjects: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Certificate_of_Secondary_Education#Subjects)


Thank you! This has really helped

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