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GCSE Choices 2013 (exams 2015) support thread

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DizzyHoneyBee Mon 11-Feb-13 15:27:08

Here we go....options choices this month, exams in summer 2015. We're choosing options at the moment but I've not come across a support thread.

Does your DC know what they want to do already or are they needing a lot of help deciding?
Where have you gone for information?

We get a booklet this week apparently and then have a meeting at school to discuss listen to a sales pitch by the teachers discuss the options that are best and then we have about 2 weeks to make a decision.

BlotOnTheLandscape Sat 27-Sep-14 18:43:23

Yes, I know it's a zombie thread - I couldn't find a new one.
We've just had the exam timetable - frighteningly real now!

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DizzyHoneyBee Fri 29-Mar-13 09:10:05

So, how is it all going? All decisions made?

My DD said that her school have started speaking to some people about their options and trying to rejig things so they can get as many people in the options they want and so on. She's not been spoken to so is assuming that she has her options.

Horsemad Tue 05-Mar-13 09:16:25

We've told our DC to choose subjects they enjoy - they have to do all the important ones anyway such as Maths English and the 3 Sciences, plus a language so it doesn't leave a lot else to choose from.

SanityClause Tue 05-Mar-13 09:15:59

There is a really useful booklet from the Russell Group, which give details of probable A levels required for various degree courses. You can download it from this page. It does also mention which GCSEs are useful.

DD1's school has a sixth form handbook, which gives details of GCSE requirements to study an A level, there. So, we worked through it, to make sure she has lots of bases covered with her GCSEs.

She doesn't know what she wants to do for a living, so it's more a matter of keeping as many options open as possible, for her.

crazymum53 Tue 05-Mar-13 09:07:28

Am lurking on this thread as we will be having to choose next year. Seems to be much more choice available these days.
My dh has always resented the fact that his father chose his options for him and then wondered why he didn't get top results! Yes you can guide your children and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of possible options with them but they may lose motivation is not given some choice themselves. There are many subjects that you can study at A level or degree level without a GCSE in that subject so dcs may have another chance to study some options.

BackforGood Mon 04-Mar-13 23:18:07

Can I join? Been to dd's parents evening, and separate options evening within 4 days of each other - not quite sure I've understood the logic of that hmm
Been really surprised by her school - no-one has been encouraging her to take their options, even though all her reports are excellent, levels are excellent, everyone starts off saying how lovely she is to teach. Found it really wierd, as I have an older ds at a different school. When it was his trun, the teachers were, as other have said above, virtually dragging him over to thier tables to sign him up, even though he's how can I phrase this... shall we say ...'more of a challenge to teach' than dd, and never, in a million years was he ever going to get above average grades.
Really wierd how they do it differently.
Still not sure what to put for dd's options - the 3 she's edging towards are definitely not what dh wants her to do, but then, he hasn't been to the options evenings or parents evening.....

Sparklingbrook Mon 04-Mar-13 23:04:45

The teachers were lovely. It was a rare treat to actually go into the school. He goes on the coach. So I got to put some names to faces re teachers and his friends. smile

He has until the 15th to get the form back. They have vertical tutoring so I have told him to go in tomorrow and quiz some of the year 10s in his tutor group about what the subjects are like.

Horsemad Mon 04-Mar-13 23:01:30

It can be a bit daunting for them, but hopefully he has good teachers and it won't be too bad for him.

Sparklingbrook Mon 04-Mar-13 22:14:58

Thanks Dizzy. Well we are back and he has lots of decisions to make re Triple/Double Science and the Baccalaureate thing. German and History a definite, probably Business Studies. The 4th choice is proving a bit harder.

DS1 says he's worried about how hard the next two years will be. sad

DizzyHoneyBee Mon 04-Mar-13 20:23:18

Sparkling, it's not as complicated as it seems when you get down to it. We had that booklet as well and the form sounds much the same.
We sent the form in last week and I've forgotten about it now, thankfully as we have Important Visitors at work the next two days (remember what my occupation is!)

Sparklingbrook Mon 04-Mar-13 16:54:14

Thanks Horse. DS1 has come home with a 40 page booklet titled 'Options Pathways' and a form to put his choices with subject columns and 'reserve choices' boxes. confused

They had an assembly today and were told 'it's not as complicated as it seems'. Let's hope so.

Now what to wear..........

Horsemad Mon 04-Mar-13 15:36:23

I find it weird that DS1 has chosen his A level subjects before he's done his GCSEs!

Logistically, I know it has to be done this way, but it felt very strange.

Sparkling - good luck for tonight grin

AmazingDisgrace Mon 04-Mar-13 10:43:20

DD chose her A levels a couple of months ago so the pressure is on now to ensure she gets the grades at GCSE. Yes gin and lots of it

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 04-Mar-13 10:30:52

We have had DS choosing GCSEs and DD choosing A levels, hers was much harder as it really will impact on the next steps after school.

In addition to the core subjects, he will do geography, history and electronics. He will do double science, and his language is German.

Can't believe he is old enough or mature enough. I vote we all have lots of gin lined up.

5madthings Mon 04-Mar-13 00:04:00

Oh so glad there is hope! Tbh we have had three days of grumpy teen and ds2 and ds3 bickering; poorly ds4, plus i have my period and a non sleeping toddler... Dp took them all out for a few hours today before i throttled them! Still tomorrow is another day grin

AmazingDisgrace Mon 04-Mar-13 00:01:25

Totally agree it gets easier with subsequent DCs..Fretted like mad for DD quite chilled out with DS1 who's just done his. Triple science History, Geography and Latin. Everything else was compulsory including his MFL in German

creamteas Sun 03-Mar-13 23:53:25

5 I have four, and the teen years get easier as you know the ropes, and stop fretting over the details. So with eldest I worried about what age to do this and that, but now I look back and see what a waste of time it was because teens do what they want with or without you

Two have now left home which is definitely easier grin

5madthings Sun 03-Mar-13 23:15:08

Its funny how different they can be!

Ds3 is similar to ds1. Ds4 is similar to ds2... And dd...well not sure but at 26mths she already knows what she does and doesn't want...

I can't believe I have another four children to get through the high school and teen years... What was I thinking?!!

Sparklingbrook Sun 03-Mar-13 23:07:22

grin 5. I can't rule him saying that out TBH. I assumed DS2 would be the same as DS1 but it hasn't worked like that. DH and I are fairly quiet people and so is DS1 but DS2's personality has come as a real shock!

5madthings Sun 03-Mar-13 23:05:18

Wise arsed comment...

5madthings Sun 03-Mar-13 23:04:39

With ds2 it will be "no way I would rather eat my own puke" or some such wise added comment blush

Sparklingbrook Sun 03-Mar-13 23:03:06

Hi Piste. No they are not old enough for all this. sad

Sparklingbrook Sun 03-Mar-13 23:01:52

I can just imagine-

Art teacher to DS1 'Are you going to take Art?' DS1- 'I'm not sure yet Miss'.

Same question to DS2 in 3 years time-'No Miss'.


RatherBeOnThePiste Sun 03-Mar-13 23:01:25

Evening all wine

Our letter goes in tomorrow. <Nervous laugh>
On my phone now but going to read all tomo. Seems ridiculous choosing options. DS really can't be old enough, can he?!

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