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How many gcse's do year 10 study?

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bellarations Fri 13-Jun-14 17:57:17

Our school is forcing all pupils to drop one subject from their options, how many do most schools take? Can they do this? They are an recently converted academy.

creamteas Fri 13-Jun-14 18:40:12

Ours do 10, but no one needs more than 8 really.

MillyMollyMama Fri 13-Jun-14 18:43:00

8 would be too few for Oxbridge unless there were mitigating circumstances. My DDs took 10 and 12. 10 is plenty. They were all proper GCSEs, not equivalents. Make sure it is quality, not quantity.

Scoobyblue Fri 13-Jun-14 18:48:12

10 at dd's school if doing triple science, 9 if doing dual science.

chickydoo Fri 13-Jun-14 18:48:37

My DS is doing 11 this year DD did 12, 2 years ago.

HPparent Fri 13-Jun-14 18:53:28

12/13 in DD1's school - super selective grammar
Same overall number in DD2's comp - they spread GCSEs over three years though and 5 or 6 are taken in year 11, the rest earlier
Both schools offer an option of AS in year 11
I would say 10 is more than adequate especially if they are solid subjects.

DS1 is doing triple science, double English, maths and additional maths, RE full course and 4 options. So 12 altogether. Most do double science, RE short course and no additional maths, so 9 is the norm at his school.

bigTillyMint Fri 13-Jun-14 19:04:11

13/14 in my DC's school - mixed comp. However, DD has dropped one so it's 13 for her ATM. She has done two GCSE's this summer (fingers crossed) so that leaves 11 for Y11shock

lljkk Fri 13-Jun-14 19:24:07

I thought most schools did 9.
At DS's school you either have
7 GCSEs + 1 BTEC
(support group) 8 GCSE or 6GCSE + 1 BTEC.

they don't offer any twilight options, but I have heard of twilights at other schools (one extra option timetabled after normal hours).

ps: like 0.3% (?) of each crop of school year leaver's go to Oxbridge. I wouldn't make any decisions based solely on what they want.

OddBoots Fri 13-Jun-14 19:28:00

My ds is doing 11. It's interesting to see the range.

bellarations Fri 13-Jun-14 19:28:48

Thank you for your replies. I'm concerned they are focusing on improving results rather than students capabilities .

Is triple science considered one or three gcse's?

Cream teas - why do you think no one needs more than eight?

Hp why is 10 adequate?

I'm trying to gauge if I'm over reacting? My dd is very upset .

lljkk Fri 13-Jun-14 19:29:17

actually, I think DS might be doing 1/2 GCSE RE as well. At least, it's only timetabled for 2 hours / fortnight, so some kind of partial GCSE might be the explanation.

OddBoots Fri 13-Jun-14 19:30:53

Triple science is three.

lljkk Fri 13-Jun-14 19:31:19

Our local 6th forms only require 5 GCSEs & of those at least 2 must be B grade. Relatively few university courses care about GCSEs beyond a minimum 5 passes. Of those that do care they may want quite high grades, but still tend to only require up to 8.

So how much it matters may partly depend on where your kid is going onto.

Triple science counts as 3. DS1 dropped down to double science so is now doing 12 instead of 13. He's in the top band though so is doing more than others in his year. Doing 9 or 10 (or less) would be just as 'normal'

IME, even Oxbridge prefer quality over quantity. Most sixth forms look at your top 8 GCSEs including Maths and English. 13 As aren't viewed as positively as 5 A*s and 3 As. Triple science is useful if you want to do science A levels, but not essential. Again two A*s at double science is better than threee Bs.

Feels like dd is doing loads compared to what I did ... I did 8 and passed 7 (did a bit better at A level) I just asked dd and she's doing 12. No wonder it sounds a lot!

weegiemum Fri 13-Jun-14 19:39:27

In Scotland it's typically 8. My dd is doing 9 - English, Maths, Ghaidlig (native speakers Gaelic), French, Spanish, History, Physics, Art, Design and Manufacture.

The extra is Ghaidlig - she's at a bilingual school so has to do Gaelic and English. Fantastic!

lljkk Fri 13-Jun-14 19:44:05

Can someone link to a state 6th form that requires 8 GCSEs for most of the courses it offers?

HPparent Fri 13-Jun-14 19:44:25

Just looked at the requirements for vetmed. They only want 5 A grades but must have English, maths and physics if not offered at A level at A or B. GCSEs not that important.

I think 10 could include 2 x English, maths, 3 x science, 1 language and 1 humanity for example (plus Art an extra language or whatever). I did 8 at my school - standard in those days. In general I would say to keep options open but spreading yourself thinly over 12 subjects is crazy and stressful. Plus the pressure to get A* in bloody everything.

Asking everyone to drop a GCSE at end of Y10 does seem a bit harsh OP.
Put it this way, though some might be happy enough to drop a tricky subject, I don't see it going down well with many 15 year olds to suddenly change plans and expectations.
I feel for you both. Does your dd have an idea which subject she might drop if that is needed?

HPparent Fri 13-Jun-14 19:47:21


This one wants 7 at A or B - comp in London

lljkk Fri 13-Jun-14 19:48:23

So what I want to do is see if the 3 closest 6th forms are just as demanding, will take a minute...

KittiesInsane Fri 13-Jun-14 19:53:10

This sixth form wants an average grade B across an applicant's top 8 subjects.

Or is your dd currently in Y9 OP?
(I just naturally first thought of her as being the same age and stage as mine)

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