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  New GCSE subjects on the way
Updated 10 February 2002, 13.49
Students will be able to choose new GCSE subjects
Schoolchildren will be able to choose new GCSE subjects from September after the government revealed plans to help keep children interested in school beyond 16.

The new subjects are grouped together as something called vocational subjects, and are less to do with books and formulae and more to do with the real world.

Some children are better at vocational subjects but until now don't get the chance to study them at GCSE level, so become less interested in staying at school to sit A-levels.

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A problem is that some people think vocational subjects aren't as important as academic ones like languages and science, which can make it more difficult to get a job.

The government want to stop people thinking like this, which is the reason the new subjects will be full GCSEs rather than special vocational GCSEs.

Students may be able to drop more traditional subjects to study the new ones, and may also be able to swap pure science for applied science.

For students who are really good at academic subjects and plan on going on to study A-levels, the government may be planning on introducing extra sections to really test clever pupils.

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