You might feel nervous about choosing what to study for the next three years. Perhaps you don't know what you want to do. Or you have some ideas but want to make sure you're making the right choices.
Don't feel that you have to make all of these decisions by yourself! You can get as much help and advice as you need from all sorts of places. Here are some suggestions:
What if I have no idea what I want to do in the future?
Don't worry if you have no career in mind yet. Choose a broad range of subjects that will give you lots of choice post-16. Why not have a go at Kudos to give you some ideas of careers that you might be interested in?
Why can't I do just what I want?
It may not be possible for us to offer everything you want, when you want it. And unless you are very sure of what career you want to pursue, you should make sure you have a good balance of subjects rather than simply opting for your favourites.
Isn't it a bit early to be choosing to study for a work-related qualification?
A vocational qualification can be a good way of beginning to learn about an area of work or a job and can give you a head start. As long as you have a balance with the rest of your subjects there isn't a problem. But don't feel that you have to take a vocational course. Do if it's right for you.
How do I find out what a subject will really be like in Years 9, 10 and 11?
Ask the subject teacher. Also try asking some students in Years 9, 10 and 11 and have a look at the work they've done. You might like to ask them about what topics the course includes and how their work is assessed.
Why can't I just choose the same subjects as my friends?
You can - having friends around can be a big help when things aren't going well. But don't let someone else make your choices for you. Your friend isn't you, and what's perfect for them may not be right for you.
I'm choosing Business because it is taught by my favourite teacher. What's wrong with that?
Nothing. A good teacher can make a subject interesting, and if you're interested you're likely to do well. But what happens if that teacher leaves or they don't teach you in Year 10?
YOU HAVE TO LIKE THE SUBJECT AS WELL AS THE TEACHER!
The career I want means that I have to study a subject I'm useless at and don't like. What should I do?
First check with the Careers Team if you definitely need the subject. If you do you've got two choices: