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What GCSE's should I take to be a criminal lawyer?

I am picking my options soon, but am not sure what to take. Any ideas are super helpful. Thanks

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DAve’s Answer

Definitely! English and Maths are super important, there's no question about it. English Literature is like a fun adventure to embark on. History is like a captivating treasure hunt to delve into. And we must remember a science subject - it's the secret ingredient for boosting your problem-solving skills!
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Cynthia’s Answer

The compusory ones English and maths.Make sure you top up your maths and maybe start learning French,an additional language requirement for UN and NATO.
Thank you comment icon Cynthia, thank you so much. Do you know if Triple Science would be worth it to take? Eloise
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Baljit’s Answer

Hi Eloise,
You could take languages, sports, science A and B, math, English, and art/ home economics. These seem like a lot of GCSEs but the universities do require a vast variety of subjects and in these areas. You would need to study and organize your time so you get the most studying done. Take time for tutoring and help from peers. You could also talk to you teachers and ask for suggestions. When I took German and French I found that most of my time was spent on those two areas of studies because it was foreign to me. I also took a 3rd language too.
Thank you comment icon Thank you so much, Baljit. Is Triple Science worth it to take though? Eloise
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Job’s Answer

Study criminal justice, and possibly become a police officer to understand the system
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Becca’s Answer

Hi Eloise!

In terms of subjects at GCSE, my main recommendation is choosing ones that you are most passionate about and interested in. To my knowledge, there aren't any law-specific GCSEs, so look at subjects that will energize and invigorate you, while giving you transferrable skills are the best to pursue. English literature and language are excellent given the need for communication and articulation skills alongside giving you experience in analysing and building your critical thinking. Languages will always be useful, as will anything with an applicable real-world context, such as business studies or economics.

Choosing your GCSE's based on your passions helps you explore new areas you may have not have yet discovered and opens up some other career paths you may not have considered yet. My biggest recommendation is not to feel limited or tied to a specific career. Explore what is interesting to you, whether that is being a criminal lawyer or something else - the world is your oyster!
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