Choosing your GCSE options: tips & tricks! ♡

Hey everyone, ♡

I know a lot of people who read my blog are younger than me and soon or already some of you will be bombarded with option choices and getting worried on what to choose and if you are making the right decision. It is your whole life and right there at the ages of 12,13, 14 whatever you are, these choices can be the most daunting things you have ever faced but you see those people around who are so confident with theirs, but being unsure isn’t nice. Don’t worry, because today I am here to help you with some tips and tricks I picked up from choosing my options last year. If you are interested in what I took a link to the blog post will be here:

  1. Don’t get too stressed about it first time.

You are young, you haven’t had much experience in decision making, remember your first choices are not set in stone, you can go to senior teachers or your head of year and speak to them about changing. And getting worried or stressed, sadly doesn’t change anything, there are people you can talk to careers councillors etc, you can get lots of info online, so try as much as possible to put your mind at rest.

2Don’t pick something, just because your friend is.

If you want to pick a subject just because your friend is that is not for the right reasons, everyone is mixed around in GCSE years anyway and there is quite a big chance you won’t be with your friends and then your just stuck in a subject on your own that you don’t like.

3. If you have a dream career, pick subjects that will help you get there.

I am sure some of you are lucky enough to know what you want to do with your life, so take subjects that will help you get there, if it is a job you believe you will love, you should enjoy the subjects you have to take to get there, so go with it, follow your dreams.

4. If you don’t know what you want to be….

TAKE SUBJECTS YOU ENJOY AND LOVE! Again why be stuck doing a subject you hate for 2 years, take ones you love going to and the content of the lessons. It is okay to not know what you want to be, your dream will come one day, you are young, you have SO much time.

5. ALWAYS have back up options.

Unless your option sheet is in grids where you pick one from each box and everyone gets what they chose from each box, always have backups because if you are in a school where you can choose whatever you like, like mine then there are small chances that not all of your options will work, try and think of ones you would take if you didn’t get what you initially chose. And if subjects don’t get many people choosing them, they can be taken away from the syllabus for that year.

6. Pick subjects that you are good at!

I am sure lots of subjects are your strengths because you enjoy them so these things relate, of course our dream for the end of our GCSE years is good grades that we will be happy with, speak to teachers, if you are predicted A’s in the humanities go with that but if you love Drama and you are only predicted a C don’t be disheartened if you truly love a subject, you will work hard and raise it if you want to. Most of the subjects you have lower grades in are ones you don’t like so I knew that it wasn’t even worth thinking about Art or PE because I would fail because I didn’t like them. Most people go above their predictions anyway!

7. Go to any GCSE or career evenings etc that your school holds. Talk to people you trust about them.

These can be big help for you to find out more about the degree you want to get or for you to look at different career options. It is also useful to speak to people who have been through it all. I had a lovely chat with my auntie actually about my options and my future etc, she lives in London and she said some lovely things to me that truly inspired me, she talked about nowadays there are lots of things around which degrees aren’t so important anymore, you can get lots of new interests and that you should look around at all the options you have rather than doing what is expected of you and not what you want. So that showed me that even people in your family and close to you and your friends can really benefit your thinking.

8. Go with your heart and what you know will make you happy.

You know who knows you best? You, your brain, heart and gut all yours, know you best. People can recommend and help you but they are your options not anyone else’s. If you feel pressure to impress people please remember if they truly love and care about you, they will support you in whatever decisions you make. Do it for yourself, not anyone else! I actually did have kind of this with French, my mum really wanted me to take a language, especially French, she was disappointed when I said I didn’t want to, but she still let me take what I wanted because she did agree it was up to me and now it has all paid off because I am doing well in all the subjects I have chosen and she is really proud!

So that is it for today’s post! I really hope you enjoyed it and it helped some of you out because that makes my day!


Eden xx


    • everythingedenblogs
      January 25, 2018 / 6:09 pm

      Thanks so much Liv! Xxx

  1. January 25, 2018 / 6:15 pm

    these were really helpful… even if I have 4 year to wait!!! better prepared than not😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

    • everythingedenblogs
      January 25, 2018 / 6:16 pm

      Thanks so much and yes it’s always good to be prepared! 😂😂👍🏼

  2. January 25, 2018 / 7:45 pm

    These are such great tips Eden!! Especially the one about doing what you love, because that’s what I found really helped me get through it. I’m sure this will help lots of people. Xxx

    • everythingedenblogs
      January 25, 2018 / 7:46 pm

      Thanks so much Hebah! You should always do what you love! Xx

  3. January 25, 2018 / 8:22 pm

    These tips are so helpful, I would have really benefited reading something like this when I was choosing my options and I totally agree with everything you’ve said!

    • everythingedenblogs
      January 25, 2018 / 8:24 pm

      Thanks so much Rabia. That means a lot. Have a lovely evening 😊

  4. January 25, 2018 / 10:07 pm

    Such an amazing post Eden! Totally could’ve done with this in Year 9 – now I’m in Y11 and I can completely say all your tips are very much true! Also, the photography in this post is AMAZING!💜🌷

    • everythingedenblogs
      January 25, 2018 / 10:22 pm

      Thanks so much Soph, you have no idea how much this means. I really hope this can help people, I thought I could do like full GCSE posts and stuff but I’m no revision expert so I’m just going to do posts like this because I can actually do this aha! I’m so pleased with my photography I’m glad you love it xxx💗

  5. January 26, 2018 / 10:44 am

    Even though I have already done my GCSE’s, this blog post will help a lot of people, your tips and ticks are really well thought out! well done Eden x

    • everythingedenblogs
      January 26, 2018 / 11:05 am

      Thanks so much Meg I really hope it does help people x

    • everythingedenblogs
      January 26, 2018 / 5:25 pm

      Thanks so much!

  6. January 27, 2018 / 2:48 pm

    I chose all of my options at the end of year 8, so now I’m in year ten there’s not much going back! I really agree with doing what you love and following your instincts. For the past year I’ve regretted not taking dance, but I still love Drama. I also wish I’d gone with geography over history because I’m majorly failing history! Great post, as usual! xox

    • everythingedenblogs
      January 27, 2018 / 3:05 pm

      Thanks so much El! Good luck with your exams I’m sure you will smash them! Xx

  7. January 28, 2018 / 12:15 am

    You have raised some really important points! Although this doesn’t apply to me anymore, it is really important that people know this. Brilliant post x

    • everythingedenblogs
      January 28, 2018 / 8:53 am

      Thanks so much x

  8. February 4, 2018 / 9:30 pm

    This is just the post I needed right now!!

    • everythingedenblogs
      February 4, 2018 / 9:38 pm

      Aw hope it helps lovely! X

  9. February 5, 2018 / 4:41 pm

    I’m at university and I completely agree that you should just take what you love. At the end of the day GCSEs (surprisingly) don’t matter as long as you get a C+ in maths and english, i’ve never been asked mine, in fact I think I’ve forgotten hahah. Good post :)xx

    • everythingedenblogs
      February 5, 2018 / 5:44 pm

      I’m glad you liked the post and agreed with me. And yeh people have told me they don’t look at GCSE’s xx

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