• Question: what subjects did you do for gcses

    Asked by Elon Musk to sandrarobertson, richardcaines, Michael S, Martin M, Kirsty L, Erin P, Debbie, Cliff W, Alexander dB on 27 Feb 2024. This question was also asked by hunt1met, path1raw, cash1meg.
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      Erin Pallott answered on 27 Feb 2024:

      I did maths, English lit, English language, biology, chemistry, physics, geography and French. I moved schools late into my GCSEs, so I ended up dropping a couple of other subjects as the exam boards were too different for me to catch up!

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      Alexander de Bruin answered on 27 Feb 2024:

      Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Maths, German, English Literature and Language, Music, ICT and RE (and one other that I can’t remember!)

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      Martin McCoustra answered on 28 Feb 2024:

      I didn’t do GCSEs as I went to school in Scotland. I did 8 O Grades in fourth year at high school (English, French, Latin, History, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, and Arithmetic). I then did 5 Highers (Chemistry, Physics, Maths, English and History) and crashed an Engineering Drawing O Grade all in my fifth year at High School. I left school at the end of that years to go to university.

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      Kirsty Lindsay answered on 28 Feb 2024:

      Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Maths, English Language and Literature, Electronics, History, ITC, RE, Drama and Spanish.

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      Michael Schubert answered on 29 Feb 2024:

      I went to high school in Canada, so we didn’t do GCSEs. Instead, I did the IB Diploma programme, which meant I had to study English, a second language (mine was French), maths, history (with geography), and two sciences. I added on the third science, so I did biology, chemistry and physics. I also did music and drama, but only as electives, so they weren’t part of my IB programme.

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      Richard Caines answered on 1 Mar 2024:

      English Language, English Literature, Maths, Science (Physics/Chemistry/Biology), History, Industrial Technology, RE, ICT

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      Cliff Williams answered on 13 Mar 2024:

      So I think things have changed quite a bit from when I went to school. However I can remember back then I thought it was important to chose a rounded set of subjects, as far as I could.

      For us English Language, English Literature and Maths were compulsory subjects. In addition we got to choose five additional subjects. I choose Physics, Biology, History, French and Design and Technology.

      They have all been of much use to me in later life but I have to say that the most useful of all has been Maths

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      Sandra Robertson answered on 15 Mar 2024:

      When I chose my subjects at high school – Compulsory for everyone were English & Maths, with Arithmetic as a separate exam, I had to chose one language which was French, I couldn’t choose all 3 sciences and could only choose 2 so went for Chemistry and Physics – I did Higher Biology in 6th Year when I had more space in my timetable. And I couldn’t choose Geography and Art, as they were in the same choice column so went for Art.

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      Debbie Guest answered on 27 Mar 2024:

      Maths, English language, English Literature, French, History, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, IT