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 Post subject: Languages at GCSE
PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2020 5:36 pm 
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Looking for some advice from you wise ones. How important is it to take a language at GCSE? It is not the strongest of subjects for my daughter and it seems a shame for her to use up one of her GCSEs on this when she would so better at something else. The school recommend that everyone takes a language but don’t insist upon it.

My question is, will it impact on her future, especially when it comes to university applications?

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 Post subject: Re: Languages at GCSE
PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2020 7:02 pm 
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There are a couple of Unis that require a language GCSE but that’s still leaves lots that don’t.

I would generally encourage children to try and study a language unless there is very good reasons not to, as it helps keep options open longer. The question is probably what would she do instead, as without a language you may find her options become too essay heavy, (eg History, Geography) or too workload heavy (eg music, drama, art) - it does depend on her strengths and interests - and longer term aims.


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 Post subject: Re: Languages at GCSE
PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2020 8:54 pm 
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UCL requires either a language studied to at least GCSE, or that an extra course is taken when one starts. It is only one university out of scores in the UK though and I don't think offers any totally unique undergraduate degree, so quite easy to avoid applying there.

Not sure which the other university is.

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 Post subject: Re: Languages at GCSE
PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2020 10:00 pm 
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To be fair it might just be UCL but I had a question mark in my head about Cambridge? It may be my memory playing tricks though!


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