Jane – Opened up uni options by wisely choosing GCSE subjects


Jane was studying for her GCSE exams. She switched from a big guardianship company to us half way prior to her GCSEs (March in her year 9) because we were more approachable and more prompt to requests from herself and her school.


Jane was an excellent pupil and very independent for her age. We received a call from her mother saying that Jane planned to drop a GCSE subject (Geography) due to the heavy workload. Jane’s mother was convinced by this argument, so she had agreed with this. We soon received an email from Jane’s school expressing their concern regarding this matter, saying that they strongly recommended Jane keep the subject.

Jane told her mother that she currently had 8 GCSE subjects and it was a lot of work. If she dropped a subject, she would have more time to concentrate on the remaining subjects and get better results.

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We then immediately replied to Jane’s mother and the school that we would discuss this matter with Jane.

After speaking to Jane, it was understood that she felt Geography was not as important as the other subjects. With one less subject, she could spare the time for the remaining subjects. We explained that it was hard work to study 8 subjects, but it is not uncommon to take 10 subjects in many independent schools. Hence, she was not taking unreasonable workload especially as she had quite a good foundation of English. We also told her that it was good that she felt pressure because GCSE studying is supposed to be harder than year 9. Furthermore, contrary to a common Chinese perception, Geography is a versatile subject in the British education system. A large number of university degrees accept Geography as an A-Level subject, so she would have more degree options if she kept it. As Jane was a highly motivated student, she decided to keep studying Geography despite her initial determination to drop it.

We soon received another email from Jane’s school to thank us for convincing Jane to carry on with Geography. After our explanation, Jane’s mother was relieved to know that her daughter was taking on the appropriate amount of pressure from GCSE studying and adjusting to this workload would pay off as A Levels would be even harder.

Special Notes

Jane achieved 7 A*s including Geography and an A in English. She received an academic scholarship for sixth form.

She has chosen Geography as her A-Level subject, and has received an interview invite from Economics, Oxford. Who would have thought?


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