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How You Can Help Your Child Pick Their GCSE Subjects

Contents

  1. Can students choose what subjects they do for GCSE?
  2. What age do you choose your GCSE subjects? 
  3. How can I help my child choose a GCSE subject? 
  4. How can I help my child pass their GCSEs?
  5. What GCSE subjects should my child take?

 

As your child progresses through Secondary school, the topic of GCSEs will begin to come up more and more frequently. It can be really daunting as a parent to know how to help your child pick their GCSE subjects

So much has changed since you sat your exams at school, and you want to make sure that you are giving the right advice. At GoStudent, we have compiled all of the up to date information so that you’ll know exactly how to help your child pick their GCSE subjects.girl studying for gcses

Can students choose what subjects they do for GCSE?

 

When it comes to how to help your child pick their GCSE subjects, there are some guidelines that most secondary schools will implement to ensure a good variety of GCSE subjects that will be chosen by your child.

Children will take a mix of compulsory and optional GCSEs.

Compulsory GCSEs include usually English, Maths and Science 📚

Optional GCSEs are usually grouped together into categories such as Languages, Humanities, Art and Technical. Students are encouraged to pick optional subjects across every category to create a well rounded mix of GCSEs overall.

 

What age do you choose your GCSE subjects? 

 

Your child will most likely pick their GCSE subjects in Year 9. There will usually be an information event at school for students and parents, which will explain in more detail how to help your child pick their GCSE subjects.

 

How can I help my child choose a GCSE subject? 

 

The fact that you are reading about how to help your child pick their GCSE subjects already shows that you are being supportive and taking a thorough interest in your child’s education which is a great first step.

Secondly, we’d encourage you to speak to your child openly and honestly about which GCSE subjects appeal to them and why. Choosing GCSE subjects does not need to be scary, in fact many students enjoy the responsibility of being able to adapt their timetable to their preferences for the first time since starting school. 

Thirdly, we would encourage you and your child to speak to the teachers directly who will be offering the optional courses to help decide which subjects to take 👩‍🏫.

Take the time to ask what examinable parts that the GCSE subject is made up of. For example, how many exams will there be and what do the exams consist of? Additionally, what are the coursework requirements? 

There will likely be an information evening at the school whereby you can meet each subject teacher, ask questions and see examples of coursework.

Questions to consider between you and your child could be, has your child had lessons with the teacher before? If so, do they respond well to their style of teaching? 

 

How can I help my child pass their GCSEs?

 

In addition to encouraging and supporting your child at school we would strongly recommend contacting a GoStudent Tutor for a free trial lesson to understand how your child can get the highest grade possible in their GCSE subjects. Our GCSE tutors are able to create an individual approach whether your child has difficulty in the classroom or is a high achiever. ✍️

 

What GCSE subjects should my child take?

 

When it comes to deciding how to help your child pick their GCSE subjects it can be really tempting to consider what career they’d like to have when they are older and to pick subjects that closely match with this. We’d advise not to be that rigid about it, for example, your child might want to be an actor when they are older, so it’s likely that they would enjoy studying Drama at GCSE. However, studying Drama at GCSE is not compulsory to become an actor. Also keep in mind that your child’s career aspirations are likely to change between now and adulthood.

It can also be really tempting for children deciding on GCSE subjects to lean towards choosing the same options as their friends. As a general rule, we strongly discourage this approach. Not just for the fact that GCSE options make for meeting and making new friends, but also because all GCSE preparation is leading up to exams, which will be very stressful for students studying an option that they never particularly enjoyed to begin with. Speak frankly and honestly with your child about this if you suspect that their friends' choices may be influencing their options.

Finally, the simplest answer as to how to help your child pick their GCSE subjects is to pick the subjects that they genuinely believe that they would enjoy, that they are drawn to, where the syllabus interests them. 

If your child would benefit from some additional support in their GCSE revision, book a free trial lesson with a GoStudent tutor to ensure that your child gets the highest mark possible on results day.

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