Yr 9 Options - which design subject??

(12 Posts)
HesMyLobster Sat 05-Oct-13 00:32:09

I know we have until January to finalise options, but DD likes to be organised!
She already pretty much knows what she'd like to do and has decided on most subjects. The only one she can't make up her mind about is design.
I think the problem stems from the fact that she'd prefer not to do a design subject for GCSE at all. However the school she is going to say all students must do one.
She hopes to study Law eventually, and the subjects she has chosen are History, French and Drama ( as well as English, Maths and Triple science). She was hoping that she'd be able to take drama instead of design, leaving her a space for a second MFL, but unfortunately that's not the case.

She has to choose between:
Art
Electronics
Resistant materials
Graphics
Food tech
Textiles
Engineering

At the moment she's leaning towards Food Tech or Textiles, but I've recently heard horror stories rumours about the workload for these subjects. As she is taking drama, which we know will be fairly time consuming - rehearsals etc out of school hours, I'm thinking of advising her to choose the design option which has the lightest workload.

Does anybody have any experience of these subjects? Which would you advise?

Rosencrantz Sat 05-Oct-13 00:48:02

You're overthinking this. Choose the one she enjoys the most.

NoComet Sat 05-Oct-13 01:24:09

Absolutely do the one you enjoy. DD does Art and it hasn't been the nightmare people say it is because she enjoys it and does bits on and off all the time.

Food tech is more likely to be a lot of work for you rather than DD wink, personally I'd have thought that cooking, nutrition and food hygiene are so much common sense it would drive a bright DC nuts. Cookery theory lessons are already boring DD2 in Y8

NoComet Sat 05-Oct-13 01:35:49

Dram is ok if you can learn lines and your group turn up for rehearsals.

Again it really helps if you really enjoy it and get involved in the plays you go and see. You have to write about them in the final exam.

DD1 does the usual, plus Geography, Music, Art and Drama.

The last two as I say she likes, music is hard work and I don't think she'd recommend Geography. Loads of learning type examples instead of just the science behind volcanoes etc.

She didn't want to do the holocaust for a third time and MFL plus dyslexia is not good.

JGBMum Sat 05-Oct-13 07:44:25

Graphics is very computer based, and my DS didn't find if too time consuming.
Ds2 did resistant materials, more hands on, and he enjoyed it, but he spent a lot of home on it.
From listening to DCs friends, textiles, graphics and res mat have a peak around February/March of Y11 when the projects needed to be handed in. Then you can relax a bit, and have the rest of the tech lessons to focus on and revise for the summer theory exam.

SanityClause Sat 05-Oct-13 07:53:37

DD did GCSE Drama in one year, with two hours every Saturday, outside school. Apart from going to see a play, and obviously written homework, that was the total time commitment.

Is Drama really such a time commitment?

AtiaoftheJulii Sat 05-Oct-13 14:12:41

My dd1 did GCSE Drama (has just started y12 doing AS Drama) and it really wasn't much extra time at all. Two or three theatre trips, but no extra rehearsals until the fortnight or so before their performance because that was all done in lessons.

She spends a lot more time with her out of school youth theatre :-)

She also did Product Design - like JGB says, January and February were busy getting the project finished, but then the stress was over and it was just lots of revision for the exam.

Do whichever she likes best :-)

AtiaoftheJulii Sat 05-Oct-13 14:14:46

Dd2 (y11) is doing Textiles, and so far it hasn't been too time-consuming.

HmmAnOxfordComma Sat 05-Oct-13 16:35:15

I would have thought that a second language would be the most useful to her if she wants to pursue law, and they're also very easy if you're that way inclined - and leaves you the option to take one of them to A level (whereas if you only take one for GCSE you're stuck with it for A level as a language option). So is drama really that important to her that she would forego her second language?

If she really can't have a more academic option such as a language, geography or RS, I would tell her to choose the one she likes the best, as she'll find it less work.

mumslife Sun 06-Oct-13 18:24:20

What a silly sysstem cant she swap drama for second mfl? My dd did tevtiles and art both are time consuming she did them through choice she is academic though mfl not an option for ger due to dyslexia. She is also creative so wanted a bit of both. Never complained about time taken and they are time consuming loved doing them also did all three humanities again loads to learn double english double science and maths now at grammar doing a levels in eng lit re govt and politics and history
Fwiw wouldnt do food if you are quite bright as a lot ofthose who struggle do it and pace very slow

BlackMogul Mon 07-Oct-13 00:46:00

Completely stupid of the school not to allow a second language. I would let let do what she wants in these subjects as they will mostly all time regarding producing work and are not what she wants to do anyway. No one is likely to care much down the line. This policy would be an utter disgrace for a linguist. No wonder language graduate numbers are falling.

bigTillyMint Mon 07-Oct-13 13:17:17

Is it DT textiles or art textiles? DD does art textiles (fashion/fabric design stuff really), and it is very time-consuming, although it looks very interesting!

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