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Choosing your IGCSE's

Updated: Apr 27, 2023

If you are reading this you have probably been going down the rabbit hole of IGCSE’s for a while. Reading every source, watching hundreds of video’s and analysing anything which can get your hands on. It sucks having to choose the trajectory for the next two years not knowing what you are getting yourself into. First take a deep breath, it will be ok. IGCSE’s are important but stressing about what you are going to do does not change the outcome.

In the following blogs I will explain in detail about each subject I take, how I revise, different techniques you can use to study, why I chose my subjects and great resources which will come in handy during your journey. But right now let's set the basis.

When doing IGCSE’s you need to choose a manageable amount of subjects. I know a lot of those courses look tempting but they quickly add up in work. It’s better to do a few courses and get brilliant marks than to do 20 and get mediocre marks. I am in the middle of my journey and I constantly thank my past self for refraining from choosing those extra courses which may have been fun but would have been the final nail in my coffin. Don’t worry about being bored, you will be flooded with so much work. Like the saying, be your future friend, think about the amount of work your future self can handle and adjust your choices accordingly.

Next look at the exam board your school takes. Is it Edexcel or CIE? The exam board will determine the courses available. Don’t forget about what your school offers; they may not offer all the courses or make some mandatory. It's always good to know how many subjects you can do and how many you have to do. For a rule of thumb you have 1 Math, 2 English's and either double science or triple science the rest is up to you. I suggest you keep it near 10 a little under or over but 10 is the sweet spot for me.

Lastly remember that EVERYONE is different, what works for me most likely won't be the perfect fit for you. The best way to see what works is to try it and see how it goes. You can always choose to drop out of a course at the end of the first year if it's not going well. Don’t judge yourself against the millions of strangers on the internet and stay safe out there.

Next time I will go into each subject, revision techniques, resources and a whole lot more look out for more blogs on Foundation For the Future.


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