The subject of social sciences

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Mysteriously, when the GCSE results are presented every year, the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) lumps together the results for law, sociology and psychology GCSEs into one ‘range of related subjects,’ which it calls Social Science Subjects. The numbers of entrants are admittedly not large – 42,637 students sat these social science GCSEs in 2014.... Read more »

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Additional Science: Mind the science gender gap

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The provision of science study at GCSE level in schools is enough to make one’s brain hurt, and questions on the internet show some students are slightly baffled too when trying to pick out which revision guides they should be following. The options are to take a single ‘science’ GCSE which combines chemistry, biology and... Read more »

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GCSE Leisure and Tourism: getting started in a growth sector

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GCSE Leisure and Tourism is a vocational GCSE introduced in September 2002. As it is relatively new and not quite as widely available as more traditional GCSEs, students – and, particularly, parents or guardians – may not understand what this qualification is all about. Leisure and Tourism GCSE teaches you about travel, entertainment and tourism.... Read more »

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GCSE Mathematics: lifting the lid on exam entries and performance

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GCSE Mathematics is a compulsory subject in all schools, and as a result no less than 760,000 students were receiving their GCSE results in August 2013. Passing this particular exam is so fundamental to finding employment, or entering further or higher education courses later on, that many students will re-sit the exam within each academic... Read more »

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