• Question: did your GCSE's help you succeed?

    Asked by item127bug to Tonia, Sam, Emily, Ejay, Edgars, Charnett on 18 Jun 2019.
    • Photo: Charnett Chau

      Charnett Chau answered on 18 Jun 2019:

      Well yes, I needed my GCSEs to do the subjects I wanted at A-Levels which lead me to my university degree 🙂

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      Ejay Nsugbe answered on 18 Jun 2019:

      Absolutely!…They helped to lay the groundwork for deeper thinking and also, many concepts learned during GCSE help to lay the scientific groundwork for more advanced concepts used in modern technology.

    • Photo: Sam Gaughan

      Sam Gaughan answered on 18 Jun 2019:

      Without a doubt, I couldn’t have done my A-levels, and therefore my degree, and therefore get into my PhD without them!

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      Tonia Tzemanaki answered on 18 Jun 2019:

      I studied in Greece so the system there was different to GCSEs, but I think that the Greek GCSE equivalent really helped me focus more on the subjects I was more interested in and allowed me to go deeper in them. For example, without my high school maths, I wouldn’t have been able to understand the maths classes at uni!

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      Emily McNee answered on 19 Jun 2019:

      The vastness of the GCSE syllabus is the key. As you go further in your career you will become more and more specialised, which can in turn make you blinkered to other ways of thinking/interpreting and understanding how other people can think/interpret.

      I now work in a multi discipline team with colleagues from different countries. If I hadn’t done a language at GCSE I would not have understood that sometime words/phrases don’t translate that well and that though I might say one thing my colleagues may not understand it the same way due to translation. This has allowed me to improve my communication with all people thus helping me to succeed.

      I also took Art at GCSE which has helped me use things like optical illusions and form to better improve the look and feel of the products I design.

      So in short yes I do think GCSE’s helped me succeed