Post-14 Preferences

Decision Time in Year 9

Let’s be honest, some of you may be finding the opportunity of choosing your Year 10 and 11 courses a little daunting, or some of you may have a clearer idea of the subjects you might choose to study for the next two years.

What choices will you have to make?  Perhaps make a list of:

  • The subjects you will have to continue to study in Years 10 and 11
  • The subjects you are considering dropping?  And why?
  • The subjects you might consider choosing?  And Why?

Many of the subjects you study in Years 10 and 11 will be GCSEs; they are academic subjects and will have examinations and perhaps an element of coursework.  Some of you may prefer coursework because you’re not so keen on examinations.  Some of the courses you might study will be vocational. e.g. BTECs, Cambridge Nationals – linked to specific career sectors, and they will be assessed by examination and coursework.

Sometimes, choices made in Year 9 can limit choices later on, but there’s usually a way around it if you are really determined.

Whatever you choose to study, please make sure:

  1. You’ve done your research: you’ve read the publicity material about the subjects you’re contemplating choosing; you’ve spoken with your teachers if you’ve had any questions; you’ve considered whether you need the subjects for a future career;
  2. You think you’ll enjoy the subjects that you’re choosing, as you need to remember you’ll be studying them for two years; and
  3. You’ve got a high chance of being successful in those subjects.

Mr Fish

Click on the image (left) to access the Year 9 Preferences website.

Help with Decision-Making

Help and advice are available in school to support your decision-making, from your subject teachers, your PSHEE teacher, your Form Tutor and your Head of Year, to a Careers Advisor. 

If you would like to book an appointment to see a Careers Advisor, click here.

Not sure what subjects to choose?