Research into GCSE subjects taken by students with AS in Education Posted June 3 · Report reply Has there been any recent research into GCSE subjects taken by students with AS? In particular: 1. Which optional subjects they are more inclined to take and which subjects they are more inclined not to take? 2. Which subjects they tend to struggle badly with and which subjects they tend not to struggle with? There have been several changes since the early 2000s, including: 1. Foreign languages are now optional at KS4 / GCSE level. 2. The replacement of ICT by computer science. 3. Coursework has been abolished in many subjects. 4. Schools allow students to choose some options in Y9 (rather than Y10) and it's easier to drop arts and technology subjects before Y10.