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Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
:confused: I'm about to choose my options for GCSEs and was wondering does it really matter what you choose or just what your good at...i mean for jobs does it like make a difference to what uni courses you can take? I'm really worried about choosing the wrong ones... :chin: :crazyeyes

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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    If you want to a certain thing at uni, then you need to track through what you need at each level. Say you wanted to do Law, then you should study perhaps, History, English Lang/Lit, and Philosophy at A-level, obviously, if you go ahead and study RE or Geography at GCSE then you can't study history at A-level and you're screwed for a Law degree. End of logical and probably obvious advice.

    Do what you enjoy AND do a wide range, it will be your last chance to, so take advantage. DO take a foreign language, DO take a humanities subject (that's your history, geography, RE, business studies), DO make sure you try hard at english, maths and science, they're important for everything you might want to do, and final DO take an art or technical subject (drama, design, resitant materials, electronics, fine art).

    The above is what I think is necessary for a wide base to take good a-levels and get to the uni that is right for you. ENJOY IT, because if you don't, you're probably doing the wrong thing.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    so if i wanted to be a teacher i can still take what i want to (eng math x2science(cos u hav to) and spanish art buisness and i duno what else) could i do that? we dont have a careers advisor i mean i have my form tutor but we talked bout it in PSHCE and it wasnt really helpful im so confused :'(
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    well i thinki want to be a primary teacher i no WERE i want to teacher but not wich level and i dont really want to be specialised like only teach that lesson so prob primary yeah :S
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    your-babe wrote:
    In that case, I don't know!! Sorry, as I've only looked an the options of secondary teaching a specialist subject!
    lol its ayt thnx :) lol
    xx
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    mate, you're never going to be a teacher unless you learn english, and I'm not joking, or being sarcastic, learn to articulate yourself through text and do it now. You're making mistakes that someone about to do their GCSEs shouldn't be making, and if you're doing it deliberatly, don't.

    Your options for qualifying as a teacher. here
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    thanks...hey can i just say i only use slang on things like these lol and what does articlulate mean :confused: hehe sorry im not so good @ english ok :crying: i do learning support for reason that are none of anyones buisness on here but people are always making me feel like a compleate idiot and im tierd of it :crying: jst bcause i dont score as high on tests etc dusnt make me an idiot! and :nervous: anyway...im tired of people telling me ill never beable to teach because i cant even teach myself! :impissed: I CAN :( :crying:
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Prove it. I would dearly love for you to do so.

    Articulate is the ability to express yourself clearly. Which you don't. You need to type properly, and use punctuation. If you have a learning problem, which I can easily believe, then you can have some sympathy with how difficult it is to understand your text-talk & slang ridden drivel for someone else with a learning problem, and even for people who don't.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    here i shall now make myself PERFECTLY clear:

  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I'm going by what I can read (or can't as the case is for a lot of your posts).

    Think about it, how do you think you come across when you say you want to be a teacher, but apparently lack a basic grasp of english?

    Now, do you want to tell me where I've judged you? Is it where I advised you on your GCSE choices? Is it where I found you the requirements for becoming a teacher? Is it where I told you outright that the way you post makes life difficult for other users and makes you look like an idiot? Whether you are or not is not for me to know.

    ETA: I don't have the time or the energy for this anymore. What I have told you is in your own best interests, and you can take it or leave it. I don't care.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Hey Mickey

    Best thing to do about choices is pick ones you like. Ask the teachers what it's like if you're not sure, and maybe see some of the work you'll have to do.

    I only had the two choices, I chose graphic design and history. Neither have really made an impact on my opportunities later on. At the end of the day, if you pick the wrong course there is often still an opportunity to do what you want at a level. For example, Im doing economics a level even though I didnt do it at gcse.

    Having said that now, I'm in the final year of a level and realised that economics is based on skills that are a major weakness for me - extended writing - so I think its important to know beforehand what the type of work you'll have to do is.

    Dont worry about not know exactly what you want to do, if you want to be a teacher then just pick subjects you like, and when you get to a level there will be heavy emphasis on careers when you'll have the chance to consider what to do.

    Best of luck :)
    Rich
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    mickey06 wrote:
    well i thinki want to be a primary teacher i no WERE i want to teacher but not wich level and i dont really want to be specialised like only teach that lesson so prob primary yeah :S

    Hi, I'm training to be a primary school teacher at the moment. Basically any GSCE's will come in handy as you'll be expected to teach a wide range of subjects. You will need Eng, Maths and Science for definate and a language is a really good idea, if you're good at music thats always a really good way to get into primary teaching (especially if you can play an instrument). If I were you I would try to stick to conventional subjects but keep it a broad range. Stick in and work hard and you'll be great. Good luck. Lucy :thumb:
  • **helen****helen** Mod malarkist Deactivated Posts: 9,235 Listening Ear
    Please remember not to insult each other - and Mickey please try to avoid duplicating threads.

    Great advice Butterscotch
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    i'm in my last year of my GCSEs, i had absolutly no idea what i wanted to go into after, so i just picked the ones i was good at and enjoyed (though i did regret taking history)
    to get into college/6th form or whatever they usually ask for 5 A*-C grade GCSEs at C or better. If theres a subject/s in particular you know you want to study further, then obviously take that subject.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Ballerina wrote:
    i'm in my last year of my GCSEs, i had absolutly no idea what i wanted to go into after, so i just picked the ones i was good at and enjoyed (though i did regret taking history)

    I was the same. I knew after GCSEs that I wanted to do A-levels. After a discussion with my tutor, I got told to think about what I wanted to do after A-Levels (I knew I wanted to go to uni but didn't know what to do) and spoke to the careers advisor and now, I have a better idea of what I want to do.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    As long as you choose english, maths and science, and manage to pass these as a grade C you're pretty much set. 4 or 5 Cs will normally get you onto a good college course and with the 3 previously mentioned subjects you will be set up for whatever you decide to do. Anything else is just a bonus really but after a few years no-one really looks at your GCSE grades anyway.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    icey wrote:
    As long as you choose english, maths and science, and manage to pass these as a grade C you're pretty much set.

    You can't choose to do these three subjects - they're compulsary, meaning that whether you like it or not, you have to study them.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    mickey06 wrote:
    thanks...hey can i just say i only use slang on things like these lol and what does articlulate mean :confused: hehe sorry im not so good @ english ok :crying: i do learning support for reason that are none of anyones buisness on here but people are always making me feel like a compleate idiot and im tierd of it :crying: jst bcause i dont score as high on tests etc dusnt make me an idiot! and :nervous: anyway...im tired of people telling me ill never beable to teach because i cant even teach myself! :impissed: I CAN :( :crying:
    Don't worry about it. I find that the people who complain about people using 'proper' English tend to be the ones with the least real understanding of the language anyway.

    I agree with what everyone else has said so far. Do what you enjoy the most and what you're best at, and try your best at them, because teaching is a very academic area where I imagine grades are important, but at primary school, I don't think that anything other than English, Maths and Science is vital.

    As for careers advisors, I think most places should have somewhere that can help you (Connexions, for example) even if there isn't one at school. I find that looking at adverts for jobs or courses which you think you might be interested in gives you a good idea as to what qualifications/experience they expect from you. I'm sure someone else that's replied can point you in the direction of some good websites that advertise this kind of work.

    Finally, take every opportunity to get involved with children. Babysitting, dance groups (they always tend to have loads of younger kids along with the older ones, so maybe you could get involved there), whatever. You'll get to do a work placement soon, so try and get schools and nurseries. I found that students that actually put some effort into getting a work placement tend to get the best ones (rather than just picking from those advertised on the day, where it's first come first served), so write away to some of the schools that you'd like to work at and see if you can get a placement.

    Oh and watch Teachers TV, that channel on freeview.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    mickey06 wrote:
    :confused: I'm about to choose my options for GCSEs and was wondering does it really matter what you choose or just what your good at...i mean for jobs does it like make a difference to what uni courses you can take? I'm really worried about choosing the wrong ones... :chin: :crazyeyes

    I think that one of the problems with GCSEs is that, when you come to choose them, you have basically bugger all idea about what you want to be later on in life. You'll probably be flitting between a number of possibilities.

    My advice to you would be to do at least one science, language and humanity subject, along with the core maths and english (lit and lang unless it's joined now). That way, when you come to A-Level you'll have at least a grounding in any possible direction you could want to go in.

    Which other subjects you choose depends on what you like best, in my opinion.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Don't worry about it. I find that the people who complain about people using 'proper' English tend to be the ones with the least real understanding of the language anyway.

    I don't.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Mist wrote:
    I don't.
    Course they do. Anyone who thinks that there is one correct way to speak/write has little idea of how language is formed, and how it evolves. Writing in a style appropriate to the cause is obviously something which is valuable to learn, but that isn't usually what the 'advice' of the language police is.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Fiend_85 wrote:
    Think about it, how do you think you come across when you say you want to be a teacher, but apparently lack a basic grasp of english?
    Er... he is only in year 9!

    Correcting other people's English (unless they are your student, your child or they have specifically asked you to) is both rude and patronising.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Course they do. Anyone who thinks that there is one correct way to speak/write has little idea of how language is formed, and how it evolves. Writing in a style appropriate to the cause is obviously something which is valuable to learn, but that isn't usually what the 'advice' of the language police is.


    It generally is the advice on here, which is to write appropriately for these boards : that means no text speak.

    To suggest that an idea of correctness suggests little clue about language is simply wrong. The devolution of English into text speak so that you can fit more into a tiny screen does not mean that that language replaces the original.
    Randomgirl wrote:
    Correcting other people's English (unless they are your student, your child or they have specifically asked you to) is both rude and patronising.

    I don't know why you would think that. In my opinion it's people's lack of correcting wrongdoings for fear of being seen as rude or interfering that contributes to the general slide of society into slackness. There's nothing bad about pointing out something that's wrong.
  • Dr PirateDr Pirate Trust me, I'm a doctor Posts: 8,303
    mickey06 wrote:
    here i shall now make myself PERFECTLY clear:

    Over Capitalizing isn't the way forward.

    </childish giggle>
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Mist wrote:
    I don't know why you would think that. In my opinion it's people's lack of correcting wrongdoings for fear of being seen as rude or interfering that contributes to the general slide of society into slackness. There's nothing bad about pointing out something that's wrong.

    Thanks mist.

    Personally, I don't consider "only being in yr 9" an excuse, people are supposed to be literate in this country. How long did you think it took me to work out that "ayt" syllable over the page?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    mickey06 wrote:
    here i shall now make myself PERFECTLY clear:

    Careful how you react to people, that sort of language (especially all in capitals) will generally rub the regular members up the wrong way.

    I'm inclined to agree with Fiend, it's good manners to write in a way that is accessible to everyone, which is why text talk and writing all in capitals are against the rules. A lot of people here have learning difficulties, and that's actually part of the reason for the rules I believe.

    As to your original point, your GCSE choices have very little bearing on the rest of your life as long as you don't close any doors you'd like to leave open. Check your school's rules about the A Level subjects you might be interested in, my school didn't require history or RS GCSE in order to do the A Level, for example, just a certain grade in English.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    This thread isnt the place to discuss the OPs english skills or whether its rude or not to pull someone up on it. If you want that discussion, I suggest going to the P&D board. I'd be pissed off if I was the OP, asked a question about what subjects to pick, got a lecture about my english, and then everyone discussed whether it was appropriate or not. We've had people with far worse spelling and they've got away with it.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Im finding a level choses mouch more harder. =[ I think with gcses 6th forms or colleges want 5+ a*-c grades so chosing what your good at may be a wise option. have a look at your local college propectus and see if any subjects u want to do in FE need any specific requirements - for example- art but its mainly english and maths, good luck
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