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To steer DS away from doing GCSE Child Development?

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dson2 Sat 25-Feb-17 12:23:24

DS wants to do GCSE Child Development.

WIBU to steer him away from this?

formerbabe Sat 25-Feb-17 12:23:57


LittleMissCantbebothered Sat 25-Feb-17 12:24:11

Why would you want to discourage him??

Trifleorbust Sat 25-Feb-17 12:24:28

What does he want to do as a career?

Minniemagoo Sat 25-Feb-17 12:24:56

Yes explain why? Please don't dripfeed

Afreshstartplease Sat 25-Feb-17 12:25:04

You would be silly

It's his choice leave him be

Foureyesarebetterthantwo Sat 25-Feb-17 12:25:15

Depends what he's doing, if he's doing 8/9 really solid academic GCSEs including Maths, Eng lit and lang, Sciences, at least one Humanity/Social Science, a Language, then it's fine. If he has other less rigorous subjects in there, I would say no.

dson2 Sat 25-Feb-17 12:25:30

He wants to do Science! Nothing to do with Childcare!

itssquidstella Sat 25-Feb-17 12:26:48

Sounds like a waste of an option if he's reasonably academic. Much better to do triple science or a proper humanity instead (or a language).

ProudBadMum Sat 25-Feb-17 12:26:53

Why is he picking childcare if he is interested in science?! grin

I still it just something to do while doing his science? If so no harm if there's a slight interest in kids

HallowedMimic Sat 25-Feb-17 12:27:23

When I was at school it was only offered to the less academic. Others were steered towards languages, geography etc.

It seems a bit of a wasted option really.

EdithWeston Sat 25-Feb-17 12:28:03

If he wants to do science, then he's presumably already listed them as choices.

I think 'one for fun' is a good thing amongst GCSE choices.

wobblywonderwoman Sat 25-Feb-17 12:28:06

Is it something he thinks is easier? What is his reasoning?

dson2 Sat 25-Feb-17 12:28:36

Foreyes exactly... He is picking: (well, the ones he has to take are: English language, english lit, triple science (or dual) and maths. He is then picking ICT, art, child development and geography. I would prefer he picked a language or something else.

kimlo Sat 25-Feb-17 12:28:40

I would discourage dd1 from taking it as an option. Even if he was intrested in childcare its not needed.

Trifleorbust Sat 25-Feb-17 12:28:47

I'd suggest something else unless he needs it for the job he wants to do. It isn't looked upon as an academic choice and would therefore be more of a hindrance than a help.

SexTrainGlue Sat 25-Feb-17 12:30:13

If you want him to dump one and pick something 'better' I'd urge him to get shot of ICT (it's so close to abolition that I thought it had actually already gone)

Astoria7974 Sat 25-Feb-17 12:31:31

Agree. Child dev at GCSE is as worthless a qualification as it gets. If he wants to do it, far better to pick it up at uni.

dson2 Sat 25-Feb-17 12:32:34

What's wrong with ICT? He is picking the graphics design pathway.

Foureyesarebetterthantwo Sat 25-Feb-17 12:32:52

He should definitely pick either history or geography for starters, ideally a language (unless there is some reason he really hates them).

People saying 'it's up to the child', one reason that state school pupils have struggled to be properly represented at the best unis in the past is that their state schools allow them to take softer/less academically valued options. For a quite academic child, this can then limit what they go on to do. If you want to do childcare at the local college, the best point to do this is after 16.

He will have fewer A level choices with no humanities/social science subjects as some places make you get at least a B in that subject before continuing.

That said, I agree with whoever said one 'fun' subject is fine, it's not fine if its replacing decent academic subjects for a reasonably academic child.

TeenAndTween Sat 25-Feb-17 12:33:03

Well, it would be useful if he:
- is going to be a doctor
- might become a teacher
- might be a social worker
or even if he
- might ever be a father

So amongst his other GCSEs if he is interested, then why not?

dson2 Sat 25-Feb-17 12:33:20

He wants to do it because he is interested in learning. I offered to buy him the book. He says it isn't the same. He is already picking a softer subject (art) so a language would be good.

Stabbitha Sat 25-Feb-17 12:33:55

When I had to pick mine (admittedly over 15 years ago) one of the 4 choices had to be a language and the other either history or geography.

We only really ever had 2 actual 'choices'.

I'm surprised there is no language there.

Foureyesarebetterthantwo Sat 25-Feb-17 12:34:18

If he is already doing Art and ICT, then no, I wouldn't recommend child development, because he's dropping really key academic subjects to do it.

redexpat Sat 25-Feb-17 12:34:57

That sounds like it might actually be useful in real life rather than as a gcse iyswim.

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