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PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 10:46 am 
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Can anyone please advise whether Product Design GCSE or Business Studies GCSE is easier to get a good grade in? My son loves both subjects and is talented in both but unfortunately because of the elective option system in his school can only do one.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 11:08 am 
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In my opinion Business Studies - it is also much less time consuming, but the decision will presumably be affected by what your sone may want to do at A level?


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 11:10 am 
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Thanks. He wants to do both.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 11:53 am 
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My DS is taking Product Design GCSE this summer. It is a very enjoyable course & he is getting a huge amount of satisfaction from it but as scary mum says it's very time consuming because of all the course work. It requires constant diligence-there's no last minute cramming!


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 1:32 pm 
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Ironman wrote:
Thanks. He wants to do both.


Assuming this means that he wants to do Product Design and Business Studies at A level? Certainly you can take Business Studies at A level, or Degree level, without having taken the previous level...I would suspect, that although Product Design will be more time consuming, he may learn very useful skills at GCSE that may make it easier at A level.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 5:32 pm 
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Product design is useful for a wider range of careers. For example, any design related degree, engineering, architecture ....


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 5:52 pm 
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Product design is certainly the tougher option but as said above it will be more use and keep options open at A level. GCSE Business studies is not required for any A levels but PD might well be required for A level Tech subjects and will certainly be very helpful for them.
It does take a huge amount of time but it provides training in several useful 'transferable' skills.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 6:14 pm 
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My DS1 did Design Tech (resistant materials) and Business Studies for GCSE, did well and carried them both onto A level together with Maths & Physics. He hated the BS and dropped it with relief after AS, but went on to to an Engineering degree (and hopefully a PhD sometime this year...). In his school the Bus - GCSE used to involve them inventing and running a small business to sell items (key rings, picture frames etc) at the annual open day which I suspect was one of the reasons the subject was very popular for several years - I think they've stopped that now. DT is time consuming and some pupils spent hours perfecting their masterpieces as well as the accompanying designs and evaluation - I'm not sure if Product Design has such a substantial practical component ?


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 7:30 pm 
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Not quite as much practical I think but lots of course work and still fair amount of actual 'doing'.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 24, 2014 10:13 am 
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Thanks all for your advice.


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