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Hello Im half way through my GCSE course and considering dropping one of GCSE subjects (Food Tech). I am considering taking Economics and teaching this to myself as my school doesn't provide it as a subject. Do you think this is possible and pls tell me which exam board would be best for Economics and how you are finding it.
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Hiii, it's definitely possible to be self teaching a GCSE because I'm doing just that, and for 2 of them. If you are determined enough it is definitely possible, but it is quite difficult. I am only able to do it because there are teachers in my school who are helping me outside of lessons, for around half an hour each week. It might be difficult if you don't have a teacher as such because otherwise you might not understand the exam technique or have anyone mark essay-style questions in the economics papers. One of my friends take Edexcel and they seem to quite enjoy it, but my advice would be to look at some exam boards and the specification, find one that you enjoy the most and then get hold of a textbook.
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Hiii, it's definitely possible to be self teaching a GCSE because I'm doing just that, and for 2 of them. If you are determined enough it is definitely possible, but it is quite difficult. I am only able to do it because there are teachers in my school who are helping me outside of lessons, for around half an hour each week. It might be difficult if you don't have a teacher as such because otherwise you might not understand the exam technique or have anyone mark essay-style questions in the economics papers. One of my friends take Edexcel and they seem to quite enjoy it, but my advice would be to look at some exam boards and the specification, find one that you enjoy the most and then get hold of a textbook.

Thankyou very much! xx
I’ll be completely honest, there is no point. GCSE’s are only the stepping stone to get you into a level, it does not affect universities etc later down the line. As long as you get good maths and english grades and pass all your other subjects it’s no problem. Focus on getting good grades instead of overwhelming yourself, the priority is stepping up into a levels and (presumably) university afterwards. Focus on choosing suitable a level options for your focus degree and job choice instead as these are much more significant.

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