• Question: what were your gcse qualifications?

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      Jennifer Roe answered on 2 Mar 2020:


      I got a variety of grades at GCSE ranging from A-Ds. I’d suggest working hard in english, maths and science because those are the grades that all employers and future educational facilities will look for. Enjoy the rest of your subjects and work hard in them to, all grades will lead to something.

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      Ebrima Danso answered on 2 Mar 2020:


      I did the West African Senior Secondary and got 1 A and 5 Bs.

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      Nathan Kindred answered on 2 Mar 2020:


      I got 9 A*s and 4 As. I’d recommend focussing the most on English, Maths and Science as these will be the most important for you after school. The most important thing when it comes to grades though is not to compare yourself to others, it doesn’t matter what your friends get or what any of us got, just put the work in and do your best and then you can be proud of yourself no matter what happens!

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      Sarah Brown answered on 2 Mar 2020:


      I got 9 A’s and 1 A* but I think it’s important to know that you don’t need to be good at everything and I agree that English, maths and science are the most important.

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      Sarah Clarke answered on 2 Mar 2020:


      I got 11 GCSES grade A* to B. You don’t need to be top of the class to be a scientist – I think the most important thing is to choose subjects you enjoy and work as hard as you can.

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      Paige Chandler answered on 2 Mar 2020:


      When I chose my GCSE subjects, I was told picking a variety of subjects is best. I picked: ‘Triple Science’ (where you got extra science classes), History, German, Music, and Outdoor Education. Of course I had the essentials with that – English/Maths/IT/RS. I would recommend picking subjects you feel passionate about, while also keeping some good variety in there. An art, a humanity, and a language are good choices.

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      Amadou Camara answered on 3 Mar 2020:


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      Aleksandr Sahakyan answered on 3 Mar 2020:


      The country I am from was using a different system for grading and school examinations. I got the equivalent of A*s from all the subjects. However, I know many brilliant scientists who did not excel at school, but still succeeded in science and made important discoveries. If you want to become a scientist, strive to achieve as high grades as possible, but if some grades are low, bear in mind that there are many paths to a success, and keep working towards your goals!

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      Lotte de Winde answered on 3 Mar 2020:


      I am born and raised in the Netherlands (NL), and only came to the UK 3 years ago. NL has a different school system for grading, and only for the more popular studies these are taken into account. For most studies, you can just enter if you graduated from secondary school (to graduate, you of course need to pass all your subjects!).

      As my colleague-scientists here have already said though, it is not all about grades. The most important thing when choosing a study or profession is that you do something that makes you happy and gives you energy. And if you have to take a detour to get where you want to be, that is totally fine! It shows that you are motivated and determined to pursue your goals and dreams, and that is what will satisfy you in the end.

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      Katrina Wesencraft answered on 3 Mar 2020:


      I’m from Scotland so did slightly different exams, but I took 8 subjects – biology, music, geography, French, English, chemistry, physics and maths (this is in order from my most favourite to least favourite!). I got 8 As but you don’t have to get straight As to be a scientist.

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      Mahrukh Shameem answered on 3 Mar 2020:


      2 A’s, the rest were B’s and 1 C

      And now I’m doing what I love!

      It doesn’t matter what you get. I didn’t get a single A* and so far I’ve had a great career!

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      Nazia Ahmed answered on 3 Mar 2020:


      I got all A*s, including 3 separate sciences. But I really hated languages and our school made us do a language, so I scraped a C in French!

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      Robyn Kiy answered on 3 Mar 2020:


      I got 8 A*s, 4 As and 1 B. I agree with Paige – it’s important to choose subjects you enjoy if you can, as you will probably find it more enjoyable to work hard for these exams! For example, my GCSE options included dance and food technology, and I really enjoyed having practical sessions to break up the classroom-based learning.

      And like the others have said, it’s important to work hard for your GCSEs, but grades aren’t everything 😊

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      Kate Mitchell answered on 3 Mar 2020:


      I did 10.5 GCSEs – double science, maths, English, English literature, French, Geography, Art, Music, Textiles Design Technology, with a half-GCSE in RE. I got A* grades in all of them. I enjoyed doing a mixture of subjects, and you never know when they’re going to come in useful – scientists often have to be really creative as well as analytical, I have to do lots of writing as well as using numbers, and my next project will probably involve having to read documents in French!

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      Samir Hopestone answered on 3 Mar 2020:


      I got A* in Maths and science, and As in the other subjects. I think it is important to focus on English, Maths and Science, as these are the subjects that will help you to do A levels/ go to college. GCSE grades are important to get to the next stage, but after that almost no employers really care. So work hard but also play hard!

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      Sophie Arthur answered on 3 Mar 2020:


      I got 12 GSCEs from A*-B. I did triple science, maths and english. I did french and german. I also had to take Welsh as I am from there and went to a Welsh school.

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      Chun Hei Kwok answered on 4 Mar 2020: last edited 4 Mar 2020 11:06 am


      I did not do the GSCE, but I did an equivalent qualification – the IB Middle Years Programme. I had to do 8 subjects, English, Chinese, Mathematics, Humanities (combination of history, geography, economics, business and religious studies), Science (combination of biology, chemistry and physics), Technology (combination of computer, design, food and textiles technology), Physical Education and Arts (combination of music, visual arts and drama). I got 53/56. Do enjoy your time and studies during your GCSE years, and do remember you don’t need to be good at everything to be a good scientist!

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      Nuru Noor answered on 5 Mar 2020:


      I did English, Business, French, German, Maths, 3 Sciences, History

      I was quite lucky that at my school they made all students take a variety of subjects – which looking back is quite cool because it gave me a small understanding of lots of different topics 👍😎

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      Nadine Mirza answered on 13 Mar 2020:


      I got 2 A*, one A, four Bs and one C. So a whole variety of grades!

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