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media studies gcse or music gcse

have no idea what to do plz help guys, ive picked re and history already. btw i play piano grade 5 but my theory only grade 3 💀 plz tell me which one better
Original post by renstarr
have no idea what to do plz help guys, ive picked re and history already. btw i play piano grade 5 but my theory only grade 3 💀 plz tell me which one better
Look at https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/media-studies/gcse/media-studies-8572/subject-content
And https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/music/gcse/music-8271/specification-at-a-glance
Then decide
In terms of assessment
Media study: 2 papers, and media product NEA.
Music: paper 1 (listening + question), music performance NEA, music composition NEA.

Ignoring subject content, personally I would choose music, as the more non-examination assessments there are, less paper exams to sit in year 11 (to reduce the stress from more knowledge heavy GCSE’s: maths, science…).
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Original post by renstarr
have no idea what to do plz help guys, ive picked re and history already. btw i play piano grade 5 but my theory only grade 3 💀 plz tell me which one better
you can defo go to grade 5 in the span of the year. if anything, doing it in year 11 is better than being finished with it. i knew all the theory stuff in the beginning of yr 10 but eventually forgot it an had to relearn it in yr 11
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when i did GCSE i did media studies, just finished my A-Level in media and am going on to study it at uni
there is something in the subject for everyone: if you're really arty or creative you'll excel at the coursework but bear in mind that it only accounts for i believe about 20-30% of your overall grade. If you're good at english/have good comprehension skills then you'll be good at analysis in essays or if you're generally an analytical person you'll enjoy learning theories
I think at GCSE it is mostly a common sense subject that isn't especially difficult, i completely messed up my coursework at gcse and still got a 7 and i'm predicted an A* in my a level, whereas my friends who did music said it was quite hard as it was more than just playing an instrument it was more complicated but I didn't take it so idk
BUT all in all media is a really solid and not too difficult subject
For GCSE music, grade 3 is the expected standard (at least for Eduqas) so you’re already ahead with your actual performance ability, and the theory knowledge you have should be sufficient as long as you continue to work on it throughout the course.

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