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

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?

‘Hear from people who are using subjects that interest you, see how much you could get paid for different roles, and find out what qualifications you might need to follow in their footsteps.’  (BBC)

Jobs that use Art and Design, Biology, Business, Chemistry … and many more.  Explore this webpage to see where your favourite subjects could take you.  Your GCSEs are a stepping stone to your future life.

Link to the BBC Bitesize – Careers webpage

‘Hear from people working in areas that interest you, see how much you could get paid for different roles and find out what qualifications you might need to follow in their footsteps.’ (BBC)

Jobs working with animals; jobs in construction, engineering, and finance; and many, many more sectors.  If you have an interest in working in a particular sector, what jobs might there be waiting for you?  There will be some that you’ve heard about; others will be new to you.  Explore the world of opportunity.

Link to the BBC Bitesize – Careers webpage

This website allows you to explore jobs within certain career sectors.  What new job roles might you discover?

Link to the Explore Careers section of the NCS website

Thinking of being a:

  • Civil Engineer
  • Dentist
  • Lawyer
  • Midwife
  • Psychologist
  • Teacher
  • Accountant
  • Vet
  • Police Officer
  • Pilot
  • Architect
  • Laboratory Technician?


Follow this link to the BBC Bitesize Careers webpage that answers these questions.   Good grades in English Language and Mathematics will be key, but what other subjects too?