Choosing your options

The subjects and qualifications students study over Years 10 and 11 will affect how they spend their time during the next two years at school.

It could also help set them up for the career or college course they need to reach their career goals.

There are a number of subjects which everybody must take, to ensure you receive a broad and balanced education that will stand you in good stead for further education and adult life. However, you will have a few options too.

Choosing can be difficult. If you already have a very specific career in mind, this may influence what subjects you go for. However, for many students this might not be the case. So the most important guideline is: choose subjects which you think you will enjoy and do well at, achieving the best qualifications of which you are capable.

Do’s and Don’ts

DO choose a subject because you know that you will find the work interesting and enjoyable.thinking

DO choose a subject because you think it will suit your personal strengths and enable you to achieve a good grade.

DO choose a subject after having read and talked about all the alternatives.

DO always ask an expert, the teacher, rather than rely on getting information from your friends.

DON’T choose a subject because you like the teacher or reject it because you dislike the teacher.

DON’T choose a subject because you think you’ll have an easy time – work in all subjects requires constant effort.

DON’T choose a subject you have never done before merely because you prefer the unknown to the known – you may do equally badly in that.

DON’T choose a course because your friend has.  To start with, you may not even be in the same group and he/she can’t take the examinations for you or share qualifications with you.  What you do now may affect the next 40 years; you may never see your friend again when you leave school.