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GCSE options - February 28th 2010, 08:27 PM

I am pretty sure that I want to be a journalist when I'm older. What sort of subjects do you think I should be taking for GCSE's?
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Re: GCSE options - February 28th 2010, 10:52 PM

It doesn't really matter that much, it's your A level choices that will be more relevant. Also it really depends on what kind of University you want to go to, but as general advice for anyone I'd say picking the most reputable subjects (for example, history is always going to look ten time better than media) will put you in good stead, but try to balance this with what you'd enjoy and what you're good at (so although media is seen as a soft subject, an A* in media would look better than a C in history).

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1) double science (or triple if your school offers it and you think you'd do well)
2) double science
3) english lit
4) english language
5) maths
6) two of history, religious studies and geography
7) as above
8) a language (french/german/spanish I'd presume). As bizarre as it sounds this really will be important for getting into anything English related like journalisim at a good University. I also think lots of Universities will soon make languages part of their entrance requirements, for 2011 entry at University College London all applicants for any course must have at least a GCSE in a language... so yup a language is a must!
9) your 9th could be anything you'd like, it really wouldn't matter, drama/art/media/graphics/food tech/etc

Clearly it depends on how many people at your school do. If less just do one of the humanities, if more do triple science or another language. I don't know if your school do this, but at mine you could do business studies as one subject and come out with a double award, basically an extra GCSE for not really any more work. Things like that are defintley good!
Another piece of advice would be DO NOT DO alternative qualifications, such as DiDA in ICT, many Universities (normally the top ones) for many courses do not accept these qualifications so it's a complete waste of time. Stick to GCSEs only.

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Re: GCSE options - February 28th 2010, 11:27 PM

Do subjects involved with the languages mainly, but do maths and science as well. At GCSE level it doesn't really matter what subjects you pick it will probably be your A levels and degree that decide whether or not you'll be able to be one.
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Re: GCSE options - March 3rd 2010, 03:43 PM

Your AS level choices will be more important, but do a variety like Rachel said including a language. Try to work hard and do well in whatever you decide to take because that is the most important thing at this stage!

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Re: GCSE options - March 6th 2010, 06:10 PM

Every school has different GCSE 'blocks' so it's hard to advise when we don't know your school system, but is there a careers advisor at your school who you could chat with to make sure you're not cutting off any of your options?

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