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Should I not take psychology?

I’m in year 9 and I’m rethinking my options. I’ve chosen Psychology and BTEC enterprise. I want to work in coperate when I’m older and probably be a consultant or business analyst and I realised psychology has no impact to help me get there. I was thinking of maybe taking media instead but are there any other gcse options that can help me become consultant or business analyst?
GCSE options in the grand scheme of things have very little impact on your future options, so I wouldn't worry about it and do the subjects that you enjoy.
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Original post by cloudsandmist
I’m in year 9 and I’m rethinking my options. I’ve chosen Psychology and BTEC enterprise. I want to work in coperate when I’m older and probably be a consultant or business analyst and I realised psychology has no impact to help me get there. I was thinking of maybe taking media instead but are there any other gcse options that can help me become consultant or business analyst?

Your GCSEs don't really matter when it comes to considering a career in consultancy or business analytics. I studied psychology AS level, but I started off studying psychology GCSE (accidentally but it's a very complicated story) and I can tell you that while it is interesting, it definitely doesn't give you enough psychology knowledge to actually put anything into practice in the business world. If you want to study psychology, do it at A level. It's actually a very useful subject to study when considering a career in any commercial industry, as you can get ahead with market predictions and trend analytics. It's very useful when looking at consumerism too, if that's something you're interested in. I would recommend you pick something easy and something you'll be good at. Media is quite an easy subject, even at A level, so if you want to get good grades, don't make life harder for yourself. BTEC enterprise actually has a lot of coursework, as I know people who did it and struggled meeting deadlines, but it's manageable and not impossible to get good grades in. BTECs are also designed to be easier. It's very early for you to even be thinking about A levels, let alone careers, but it's great that you have something in mind! Let me know if you have any questions about GCSEs or A levels that I can help you with, as I'm currently in Year 12 studying psychology, politics and philosophy and will be applying to study law in September this year!
Original post by bibachu
Your GCSEs don't really matter when it comes to considering a career in consultancy or business analytics. I studied psychology AS level, but I started off studying psychology GCSE (accidentally but it's a very complicated story) and I can tell you that while it is interesting, it definitely doesn't give you enough psychology knowledge to actually put anything into practice in the business world. If you want to study psychology, do it at A level. It's actually a very useful subject to study when considering a career in any commercial industry, as you can get ahead with market predictions and trend analytics. It's very useful when looking at consumerism too, if that's something you're interested in. I would recommend you pick something easy and something you'll be good at. Media is quite an easy subject, even at A level, so if you want to get good grades, don't make life harder for yourself. BTEC enterprise actually has a lot of coursework, as I know people who did it and struggled meeting deadlines, but it's manageable and not impossible to get good grades in. BTECs are also designed to be easier. It's very early for you to even be thinking about A levels, let alone careers, but it's great that you have something in mind! Let me know if you have any questions about GCSEs or A levels that I can help you with, as I'm currently in Year 12 studying psychology, politics and philosophy and will be applying to study law in September this year!

Thank you so much! Im just anxious about the future and terrified if I don’t start planning now I won’t meet my goal. I do have one question, what is psychology gcse like?
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Original post by cloudsandmist
Thank you so much! Im just anxious about the future and terrified if I don’t start planning now I won’t meet my goal. I do have one question, what is psychology gcse like?

Psychology GCSE wasn't too hard, I just don't think it's useful. It doesn't really teach you or prepare you for what psychology is actually like at AS level, A level or university. I think that the best way to approach GCSE options is to pick subjects that are easy, so you have a better chance at doing well. Universities don't really care what you got the grade in, it's more about the grade that you got. I didn't enjoy it much even when I was studying the wrong specification, and I definitely didn't enjoy taking an AS level a year early. It's an interesting subject at A level but it's very intense and content heavy. I couldn't manage it on top of my other GCSEs and ended up failing my AS level due to anxiety. If you're an anxious person, as interesting as it is and despite it's simplicity at GCSE, I wouldn't recommend it. I think you'd have a better chance with media, and I definitely regretted not picking media for both GCSE and A level as it is a more interesting and fun subject with an easier workload. I have a friend who does media and psychology at A level, and she is currently deciding between which she'd rather study at uni. Bottom line is, psychology is intense. Don't make life harder for yourself. If you're still interested by results day, I'd definitely try and take it for A level, but I don't think the content alone is enough reason to want to study the subject. I would recommend asking your teachers about the specification you use and reading into that before making your decision. I did AQA AS level psychology, but I started off with AQA GCSE psychology. They are vastly different, as I've said before, so do your research. I found the GCSE specification quite easy, but it's not easier than media and it's harder to get a good grade in it than you'd think.
Original post by bibachu
Psychology GCSE wasn't too hard, I just don't think it's useful. It doesn't really teach you or prepare you for what psychology is actually like at AS level, A level or university. I think that the best way to approach GCSE options is to pick subjects that are easy, so you have a better chance at doing well. Universities don't really care what you got the grade in, it's more about the grade that you got. I didn't enjoy it much even when I was studying the wrong specification, and I definitely didn't enjoy taking an AS level a year early. It's an interesting subject at A level but it's very intense and content heavy. I couldn't manage it on top of my other GCSEs and ended up failing my AS level due to anxiety. If you're an anxious person, as interesting as it is and despite it's simplicity at GCSE, I wouldn't recommend it. I think you'd have a better chance with media, and I definitely regretted not picking media for both GCSE and A level as it is a more interesting and fun subject with an easier workload. I have a friend who does media and psychology at A level, and she is currently deciding between which she'd rather study at uni. Bottom line is, psychology is intense. Don't make life harder for yourself. If you're still interested by results day, I'd definitely try and take it for A level, but I don't think the content alone is enough reason to want to study the subject. I would recommend asking your teachers about the specification you use and reading into that before making your decision. I did AQA AS level psychology, but I started off with AQA GCSE psychology. They are vastly different, as I've said before, so do your research. I found the GCSE specification quite easy, but it's not easier than media and it's harder to get a good grade in it than you'd think.

Thank you so so much, I’ve already picked my options but we don’t actually start them until year 10, hopefully I’ll still be able to change to media. I don’t work good under pressure so maybe psychology isn’t a right fit for me, again thank you so much!
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Original post by cloudsandmist
Thank you so so much, I’ve already picked my options but we don’t actually start them until year 10, hopefully I’ll still be able to change to media. I don’t work good under pressure so maybe psychology isn’t a right fit for me, again thank you so much!

No worries! If you have anymore questions I'd be more than happy to answer them as best as I can!
Original post by cloudsandmist
I’m in year 9 and I’m rethinking my options. I’ve chosen Psychology and BTEC enterprise. I want to work in coperate when I’m older and probably be a consultant or business analyst and I realised psychology has no impact to help me get there. I was thinking of maybe taking media instead but are there any other gcse options that can help me become consultant or business analyst?

Hi, subjects like business and economics would be a good idea as well 🙂

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