• Question: What did you take for your GCSEs?

    Asked by christikrasniqi on 7 Jun 2019. This question was also asked by Sandra, tharushi, ghelena.
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      Thiloka Ratnaike answered on 7 Jun 2019:


      I took the following subjects: English lang and lit, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, French, Art, Music, Statistics, Religious Education. I chose subjects that I really enjoyed but could not see myself developing a career from (art and music) because that gave my mind a bit of a rest between the more intensive study of subjects such as the sciences. I enjoyed studying the sciences but did feel a bit of pressure to do well in them so that I could achieve my dream of doing Medicine at uni. I actually enjoyed all the subjects quite a lot and that is thanks to the amazing teachers I had at the time!

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      Marianne King answered on 7 Jun 2019:


      Hi! I did English Literature, English Language, Maths, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, French, History, Art and Product Design. ☺️ I miss learning such a variety of subjects!

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      Alex Blenkinsop answered on 7 Jun 2019:


      I took Maths, English Lit and Lang, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, French, German, Geography, IT, Music, R.E. No matter what you choose, you will still have loads of options later on so just choose subjects you really enjoy!

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      Kate Timms answered on 7 Jun 2019:


      I did biology, chemistry, physics, religion (I went to a catholic school so it was compulsory), french, geography, history, IT, English (language and literature) and maths. At least I think so… It’s been quite a while!

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      Ettie Unwin answered on 8 Jun 2019:


      I took maths, english language/literature, triple science, history, geography, French and PE. I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do later on so wanted to keep my options as open as I could. I enjoyed studying PE because it meant I had something that wasn’t just learning facts.

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      David Wilson answered on 10 Jun 2019:


      Wow, this seems a long time ago now for me.
      In Scotland we do Standard Grades. I did Maths and English which were compulsory. French, Geography, Biology, Physics and Chemistry.
      I picked the subjects I enjoyed, I didn’t know at the time what I wanted to do.

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      Nina Rzechorzek answered on 12 Jun 2019: last edited 12 Jun 2019 10:12 pm


      mmm…let’s see if I can remember that far back….I did Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, English Language, English Literature, French, German, Food Technology, and one more – either Geography or Art, but can’t be sure sorry! I do remember wanting to do Drama and History as well, but it didn’t work with our timetable if you wanted to do triple science. I did amateur dramatics and music lessons outside of school, and we had a school ‘House’ system which meant everyone got chance to have a go at drama/music/public speaking/sports – there were House competitions throughout the year, and this definitely made some of the best school memories for me – it got REALLY competitive though – good friends would seriously fall out due to House rivalry (only for a bit!); like Game of Thrones but not as gory!….The best thing about this was that students who weren’t so academically gifted had their chance to shine – there was so much talent outside of the classroom!

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