At 10/9/12 02:20 AM, ZaraCroft wrote:
hey, anyone from the UK want to share what lessons they took for GCSE? Im in year 9 atm and will have to choose my courses later this year, i was thinking of doing ICT art and cooking, mainly because i enjoy them not sure how useful they are though!
any advice will be much apreciated :)
I finished high school two years ago, but I'll share my experiences with the courses I picked back then.
I picked art, geography and history. Art was fun for the first month, then it became incredibly boring. We never did any of the aforementioned digital photography that was supposed to be in the course. A lot of the course was 'pick shit you like, draw about it, and tell us how it makes you feel', yawn. I picked geography because most of my friends picked it, mistake on my part. I had little interest in geography, but I did do well in the classes before GCSE so I figured it wouldn't be that boring or difficult. It wasn't difficult, just immensely boring. Then finally history, which I loved and was the only GCSE class that I enjoyed. A lot of the course was basically more in depth study on what we did in Year 9 (i.e WW1 - WW2, modern history) but it was still enjoyable. Plus the class was small, which is always a bonus I think.
If I could have gone back, I would've picked up French and media studies to replace both geography and art.
My only advice is just pick stuff that interests you and something that you really want to stick with. Don't pick what everyone else does just because it's popular. I really regretted two of my choices and they almost killed the chance I had of doing A levels in college. If you can't find something you like, then pick something that will get you above C+ marks, anything like art or drama is almost guaranteed, they're simple courses and it's really hard to fail them unless you don't attend the classes (that goes for anything though).