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Have I picked the wrong GCSEs?

I am in Year 9 and we’ve just chosen our GCSE subjects. We have to do Triple Science, Maths, English Lit and English Lang and I’ve chosen Religious Studies, History, Drama and French. This is where the problem is: I want to be an interior designer when I’m older but I don’t like art and I don’t know what to get rid of to do Design and technology. I have had a look at courses for A Level interior design and it seems like you need to do Art or D.T which I haven’t. I’ve also looked online at online gcse design and it seems to be:1. Very expensive 2. Either art or photography (photography doesn’t sound too bad but I don’t know if that would help very much with doing Interior Design). I know this is quite a specific situation but if anyone has had anything like this happen to them, what did you do?
Reply 1
There's always time to change your subjects. If I was you, I'd change History for DT, as so many people have told me they regret choosing History. There's so much content, and the actual GCSE paper consists of many, many long essays. However, if you know you'll get a good grade in History and you don't mind essays, take it.

If you're concerned about being able to change, it's only May, and Year 10 starts in September. Many of my friends ended up changing from Art to the likes of Food Tech, RS and DT. So don't worry about changing your choices too late. Always ask.

If changing isn't an option, I've heard that some colleges will accept a portfolio of artwork to see whether or not you would be suitable for an artistic A-Level.

Hope this helped! Xx
Reply 2
Thank you so much! I think I might consider changing history or maybe trying to do it online? I really like it but my sister is doing history currently and it’s really stressing her out so it might be a good idea for me to change it. I’ll definitely consider this, thanks again xxx
Original post by yellow74
I am in Year 9 and we’ve just chosen our GCSE subjects. We have to do Triple Science, Maths, English Lit and English Lang and I’ve chosen Religious Studies, History, Drama and French. This is where the problem is: I want to be an interior designer when I’m older but I don’t like art and I don’t know what to get rid of to do Design and technology. I have had a look at courses for A Level interior design and it seems like you need to do Art or D.T which I haven’t. I’ve also looked online at online gcse design and it seems to be:1. Very expensive 2. Either art or photography (photography doesn’t sound too bad but I don’t know if that would help very much with doing Interior Design). I know this is quite a specific situation but if anyone has had anything like this happen to them, what did you do?

So your question is, "Should I drop Religious Studies, History, Drama or French in order to pick-up Design & Technology?"

Of those four, which do you enjoy least and/or are likely to get the lowest grade in? Drop that one. :smile:
Reply 4
I can’t drop French (school doesn’t allow it 😕) which is annoying bc if I could I would definitely but, as for the other subjects, idk what I would do worst in (I like them all equally) as we only get grades for r.s and history currently so I can’t really decide for drama so idk but thx x
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Reply 5
trust me if you were to drop any subject for dt drop history or drama 😭 i chose history because i found it fun... but it is such a pain in gcse since theres so much content, dates, people etc etc that its hard to do along side all your other subjects. however if youre willing to go through all that, history would be more useful than drama if you want to be an interior designer, since depending on what topics you get, you learn the tiniest amount about buildings and allat, which i suppose might be useful to you.

either way, the gcses you pick dont really matter for what career path you want, its mainly alevels. sure they can provide the most fundamental understanding, but you'd probably learn that in a level anyways, so just pick whatever you believe you'd get the best grade in! since colleges/sixth forms only really care about your grades rather than the subject.
Reply 6
Tysm this is really helpful. I’m going to see if DT is required for an a level in interior design thx again x
Reply 7
Original post by yellow74
I am in Year 9 and we’ve just chosen our GCSE subjects. We have to do Triple Science, Maths, English Lit and English Lang and I’ve chosen Religious Studies, History, Drama and French. This is where the problem is: I want to be an interior designer when I’m older but I don’t like art and I don’t know what to get rid of to do Design and technology. I have had a look at courses for A Level interior design and it seems like you need to do Art or D.T which I haven’t. I’ve also looked online at online gcse design and it seems to be:1. Very expensive 2. Either art or photography (photography doesn’t sound too bad but I don’t know if that would help very much with doing Interior Design). I know this is quite a specific situation but if anyone has had anything like this happen to them, what did you do?

don't take art, I took it and hated it. its super hard to get a good grade and the coursework is genuinely ridiculous. French and history are both pretty hard. history has a lot of content, French is a new language and the verbs are hard to learn. I'd recommend you drop either of those and take up dt instead. how is dt expensive? if your school is offering dt they must have their own workshop right? I think dt is the best for what you want to do - it's directly linked. you can take art if you really dont have another option, but you already do 10 subjects and I'd recommend against it. if you cant decide then just keep your current options, because you can take a levels subjects without having done them in GCSE. and you don't need interior design in A level to do it in uni.. maths, dt, art, etc is good. I think art in a level might be a bit more manageable due to only 3 subjects.
Reply 8
Hi, thanks this is really helpful, I meant it would be expensive if I was going to do it outside of school (online) but I think I might just stick with my current options as I'm having a really hard time deciding. Tysm
Reply 9
Original post by yellow74
I can’t drop French (school doesn’t allow it 😕) which is annoying bc if I could I would definitely but, as for the other subjects, idk what I would do worst in (I like them all equally) as we only get grades for r.s and history currently so I can’t really decide for drama so idk but thx x

Coming from a history student (and a French nerd, so may be slightly biased): History is genuinely my least favourite subject. The amount of useless information we have to cram into our heads is genuinely ridiculous, I'm literally just going to revise the night before my exams and cross my fingers for a 7. If the content was actually interesting, it wouldn't be a problem because I would actually WANT to learn it, however, the entirety of the Cold War topic is more boring than (and felt as tedious as) watching a snail finish a marathon. In my opinion, it's a no-brainer. Drop history, save yourself years of torture, do DT, get a good qualification in a subject you like, and be prepared for your future. My girlfriend does DT and absolutely loves it, she says it's great. Good luck in deciding! :biggrin:

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