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PostPosted: Mon Apr 27, 2009 12:53 pm 
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My son is considering taking GCSE Economics but it is offered as a half GCSE initially. For students that make pleasing progress and show a command of the subject, the school could enter them for full GCSE.

Please, I need any views on either taking a full or half GCSE in Economics.

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The way your son's school is allowing the pupils to 'test' the waters with Economics as a GCSE subject choice makes sense. However, it depends on how many subjects they are choosing as a total.

Compulsory subjects and options may add up to a total of 10 full GCSEs and 2 or 3 half GCSEs. So if a pupil starts off with 13 subjects, he may well end up with 10 full GCSEs and 3 halfs or various combinations of fulls and halfs.

Economics, in itself, is not difficult; it requires reading and application but if your son is interested , he may well be able to stretch himself ably and be offered the full course at his school.

The only disadvantage I see with this style of choosing a subject is that after a year of studying the subject and preparing for it (sometimes involving coursework), a pupil might be asked to drop it completely (e.g. Physical Education) if the school deems that the pupil is not suited to the subject/ showing enough aptitude - all the time studying is wasted if not allowed to progress to half or full GCSEs.

So I would check with your son's school how they will proceed if a pupil is not showing command of the subject. If he can ill-afford fewer GCSEs at the end of the day, he may want to choose something else that he knows he can carry on to the finish.


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Thanks a lot for your reply. It's been very useful and informative.


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