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humanties gcse

PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2005 9:50 pm
by Joss1991
im coming up to choosing gcse and everyone says i should do a humanty (history,rs or geography) to have a rounded selection of subjects.
do you lot think this is true and that they will help me in the future (i dont no what i want to be) im going to ask the teachers anyway i was just wondering what you lot think as most of you have done gcses.

PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2005 10:28 pm
by Danni
I did both, but I enjoyed them, and was persuaded by being told I could type my coursework. Got a B in geography and a C in history.

If you really don't know what you want to do, do something you enjoy. Although that said, I can now read a map thanks to the infinite patience of my geography teacher!

PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2005 10:38 pm
by fuzzy
DO HISTORY!!! *nods* Tis a fasinating subject!!

PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2005 10:53 am
by carrie
fuzzy wrote:DO HISTORY!!! *nods* Tis a fasinating subject!!


yup it is got a b at GCSE and am on a C so far at AS level

PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2005 12:24 pm
by madame_tigre
I think humanities are good as they can gve you more knowledge on the World around you.

For my GCSE, everyone in my year had to do a humanity but it didn't matter which one. I chose RS but if I didn't have to do terrible Technology, I would have taken History as well.

PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2005 1:18 pm
by fuzzy
Yeah, everyone in my year had to do a social science- i wanted to both geography and history but they clashed- so i chose history because its the best topic in the world ever- the end!!!

PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2005 1:28 pm
by eDan
I chose Geography over History at options. I found it interesting, but I regret now being so unknowledgeable about history. I don't suspect either are particularly useful when it comes to most jobs, but they both provide interesting areas of knowledge, and can lead to related hobbies in the future.

PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2005 1:37 pm
by fuzzy
You- you chose geography over histpry?!!!! HOW COULD YOU!!! *grimaces* Well I think this is worthy of an addition to the death list!!! :P

PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2005 1:20 am
by towildhoney
I did humanaties and would recomend you continue with them history was favourite of mine. But I would suggest you do reaserch though. Are you able to do coursework do you have the organisational skills or would you prefer coursework do you underperform in exams. Find out form the diffrent departments what the coursework waiting worth for the subject. I know my friends who did geography and history found geography coursework much more time consuming than history.

PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2005 9:53 pm
by Phil
I choose Geography over History and was not bother about doing IT when I was doing my GCSE's

I agree that the coursework was very time consuming and hours of planning and typing

PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2005 9:41 pm
by Danni
Don't I know it :P

Most of my course now is coursework based, and it's Level 3 (equivilant to 1 A Level). Good news about this course though is that if I finish CCNA 1 + 2 (this course) and 3 + 4 (next year's course) I'll have 80 UCAS points before I take into consideration the rest of the courses :)

PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2005 4:26 pm
by C
I had to do at least one humanity at GCSE level and I wanted to do RE but it clashed with my timetable so chose History instead. I'd always liked history and I was having difficulty choosing between history and RE for GCSE anyway! To be honest I was glad to drop geography as it had given me nothing but sorrow since the day I started it! However I found history very hard in years ten and eleven and was only predicted a D grade, after doing badly in a mock.

I got myself a GCSE revision guide and revised history thoroughly. I knew it was one of those subjects that I had the potential to be average at, I just needed to work really, really hard. I had a lot of stuff to remember but I have a good memory. I prayed for a C when I took the exam and I thought it went fairly well and I should get my C.

When I went to pick up my GCSE results it was my history teacher who gave them to me adn she had a massive grin on her face. I thought I must have got my C. I opened them and found that I had not got a C at all. I had got a B :D

Anyway, back to you.. geography and history are both regareded as being hard but if you study hard you should be okay. Only you can make the descision as to which you choose. Good luck :D

PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2005 5:00 pm
by parnassus
I studied history and Religious Studies and was fascinated by them both. They allowed my imagination to take flight. For GCSE Religious Studies we learnt about contemporary moral issues (abortion, euthanasia, racial equality, sexism and so on), humanistic and Christian approaches to those moral issues, and Islam. It is an essay-based subject, and one that is very good for developing communication and debating skills.

For history we studied the First and Second World Wars, America in the Great Depression, and Vietnam. Different schools choose different syllabi, so you may find yourself learning about the Stuarts or the English Civil War, but no matter what you learn about history is still a useful subject. "Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it." It is not just about memorising long lists of dates; it requires you to think creatively and analytically by turns.

I know that most universities like students to have a balance of GCSE subects, specialising at A-Level, so your teachers' advice sounds sensible. If you are a hardcore scientist who balks at the thought of lengthy essays, take geography. It has a strong scientific component whilst falling under the humanities' umbrella.

PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2005 5:15 pm
by pinkparrot
I need to think on this too. On my options I chose Geography but when I came into the first week or two I regretted my decision. Why? Maps!

Now I've moved from there and my timetable at my new school hasn't been sorted out yet. The thing with Geography is that I can speak equatorial forest and I like to argue points across. But before I start thinking it's a match made in heaven- along come graphs, charts and maps! Half and half. Stuck in the mud. Whatever, I don't know!

History can be interesting (especially when battles are concerned), and a year ago I survived History through pure logic while everyone else was trying to make the "right" sense of it. However there are dates to remember (on the date of the end-of-year-exam I asked a history teacher the dates of WW2!) and structuring essays is hard for me. But then that comes up in Geography too!

I'm a little confused. I must get this sorted out in my head before going back and telling them my final answer.

PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2006 3:29 pm
by Joss1991
thanks for all the help i will proberly do RS as i am intristed in people and i want to study physcology . Also i cant rememeber dates in history and i am hopeless at maps.