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GCSE Options

Hi All,

My son is in the process of choosing the GCSE Subjects..
Apart from the core subjects, he must choose 3 specialist GCSE subjects. He is a bit confused about which 3 subjects to choose...

He is interested in going to medical school or business school.

Can you please let me know if the universities are looking for a specific GCSE subject?


Core subjects at GCSE level:
- English Language
- English Literature
- Mathematics
- A Modern Foreign Language
- Science Biology
- Science Chemistry
- Science Physics

You will also choose three specialist GCSE subjects (plus a reserve) from:
- Art and Design: Fine Art
- Astronomy
- Business
- Computer Science
- Drama
- Food Preparation and Nutrition
- Geography
- History
- MFL French
- MFL German
- MFL Spanish
- Music
- Physical Education
- Philosophy and Religion
Original post by bob_75
Hi All,

My son is in the process of choosing the GCSE Subjects..
Apart from the core subjects, he must choose 3 specialist GCSE subjects. He is a bit confused about which 3 subjects to choose...

He is interested in going to medical school or business school.

Can you please let me know if the universities are looking for a specific GCSE subject?


Core subjects at GCSE level:
- English Language
- English Literature
- Mathematics
- A Modern Foreign Language
- Science Biology
- Science Chemistry
- Science Physics

You will also choose three specialist GCSE subjects (plus a reserve) from:
- Art and Design: Fine Art
- Astronomy
- Business
- Computer Science
- Drama
- Food Preparation and Nutrition
- Geography
- History
- MFL French
- MFL German
- MFL Spanish
- Music
- Physical Education
- Philosophy and Religion

Gcse subjects dont really matter the grades do he should pick business to get a feel for it and then 2 subjects hes really confident in that he can achieve good grades
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Original post by bob_75
Hi All,

My son is in the process of choosing the GCSE Subjects..
Apart from the core subjects, he must choose 3 specialist GCSE subjects. He is a bit confused about which 3 subjects to choose...

He is interested in going to medical school or business school.

Can you please let me know if the universities are looking for a specific GCSE subject?


Core subjects at GCSE level:
- English Language
- English Literature
- Mathematics
- A Modern Foreign Language
- Science Biology
- Science Chemistry
- Science Physics

You will also choose three specialist GCSE subjects (plus a reserve) from:
- Art and Design: Fine Art
- Astronomy
- Business
- Computer Science
- Drama
- Food Preparation and Nutrition
- Geography
- History
- MFL French
- MFL German
- MFL Spanish
- Music
- Physical Education
- Philosophy and Religion

I agree with the previous response regarding business - I took it and it was a great introduction to the subject, so would help him decide if it’s something he wants to pursue further. I’d also say taking a language is always beneficial due to the transferable skills gained from them.

Finally, it doesn’t matter hugely but for going into medicine or business I’d say subjects such as history/computer science/geography look better on an application than subjects like drama/food tech/art, plus they’ll be a bit more relevant. However, it’s true that A-Level subjects will be far more important, so as long as he picks GCSEs that he feels he’ll do well in then it’ll be fine.
Original post by bob_75
Hi All,

My son is in the process of choosing the GCSE Subjects..
Apart from the core subjects, he must choose 3 specialist GCSE subjects. He is a bit confused about which 3 subjects to choose...

He is interested in going to medical school or business school.

Can you please let me know if the universities are looking for a specific GCSE subject?


Core subjects at GCSE level:
- English Language
- English Literature
- Mathematics
- A Modern Foreign Language
- Science Biology
- Science Chemistry
- Science Physics

You will also choose three specialist GCSE subjects (plus a reserve) from:
- Art and Design: Fine Art
- Astronomy
- Business
- Computer Science
- Drama
- Food Preparation and Nutrition
- Geography
- History
- MFL French
- MFL German
- MFL Spanish
- Music
- Physical Education
- Philosophy and Religion


I’m applying for medical school for entry 2024. I did French German textiles and Geography. For Medicine there are no requirements for which GCSEs you do most unis require 6 or above in maths English language and science subjects. I just chose the subjects that I was doing best in (German and French) and then chose the other ones based on which I found easier/ and enjoyed more. If he’s also considering business at a level and he enjoys it I don’t see any disadvantage as it can give him a helpful insight for a level and help him decide between medicine and business!! A lot of My friends who take business at a level, didn’t take it a gcse so he shouldn’t feel at a disadvantage if he doesn’t take it at gcse but wants to do it for a level!

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