Which of these GCSE options have the least coursework?

(86 Posts)
KatyMac Tue 29-Jan-13 20:01:20

DD is busy outside of school - so we need a lighter option

So which should we pick? (she has to pick 2)
GCSE Applied Business
GCSE Catering
GCSE Graphics
GCSE History
BTEC Drama
BTEC PE
GCSE Child Development
GCSE Media Studies
GCSE Photography

We have rejected GCSE Art, Photography, Resistant Materials & Psychology and BTEC Art & Design as we thought they would be time intensive.

She will be doing English Lang & Lit, Maths, Science (2 I think), Geography, Spanish, Music, (she has already taken BTEC Dance & BTEC Science)

KatyMac Sat 02-Feb-13 21:55:11

But her yr 11 is year 3 of doing it this way

I feel sorriest for yr8 going into yr9 who are just starting sad

bigTillyMint Sat 02-Feb-13 22:19:08

Evil, that is interesting - I didn't know that only 8 subjects could be entered for the league tables - is this a new thing? Would they be the ebac subjects plus the ones they did best in? How does it work?

I agree, 14 subjects seems like madness but seems to be what happens at the DC's school...

Picturesinthefirelight Sat 02-Feb-13 22:22:29

At the school dd will go to they do English, English Lit, Maths, 2/3 sciences, then 2 or 3 free choice (3 if double science, 2 if triple) a language is strongly recommended.

Picturesinthefirelight Sat 02-Feb-13 22:23:04

That doesn't add up. I've missed a subject somewhere.

Picturesinthefirelight Sat 02-Feb-13 22:26:02

Just checked its 3 or 4 free choice subjects.

NonnoMum Sun 03-Feb-13 14:40:17

From my (limited) knowledge...

AQA offers a GCSE Drama course (with a written exam at the end) - no performances can be done in groups of less than two.

AQA also offers GCSE (Applied) Performing Arts - it might be that she can do a 'dance' option within that

GCSE Dance is also offered by AQA.

(I might be slightly out of date).

Whether Dance/Drama/Performing Arts are different depends on how the school delivers the courses.

NonnoMum Sun 03-Feb-13 14:42:27

And sometimes the Head of Options might not know the minutiae of the different courses. In fact, they probably won't.

BettySuarez Sun 03-Feb-13 14:49:26

Haven't read the whole thread so apologies if already mentioned but the PE GCSE has a surprising amount of written work (physiology, nutrition etc)

I would imagine the same to be true of Bus Studies, History

EvilTwins Sun 03-Feb-13 21:37:30

Tilly, AFAIK, it's the top 8 subjects (inc & exc English & Maths- 2 separate calculations) and then EBacc is yet another calculation. Within that 8, only 2 can be equivalents, even if (as with my yr 11s) they've done a BTEC diploma, which is equivalent to 4 GCSEs.

bigTillyMint Mon 04-Feb-13 06:33:46

So, Evil, what happens when they have done 13+ straight GCSE's - not a BTEC in sight?

EvilTwins Mon 04-Feb-13 17:21:02

They use 8 of them for the headline figures. I guess it's supposed to even the playing field a bit - looking at quantity not quality.

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