We understand that making a decision about which subjects to specialise in during Year 10 and Year 11 can be difficult. During Year 9 pupils will have a series of Careers lessons which will help them explore different careers paths and help them make informed decisions. At the Pathways evening pupils and parents will be able to speak to subject teachers and also to our Careers Advisor who will be able to help with any questions you have. Pupils and parents will also be able to see Local labour Market Information which shows the employment trends within our local area.
So when making decisions about the right specialist subject pathways for you, there are some key questions to ask:
Which subjects do you enjoy?
If you are going to spend another two years studying them, it helps if you like them. Bear in mind that what you learn in Year 10 and Year 11 will be different to what you’ve done so far. Read the pages in this booklet carefully to get an idea about the topics you will be studying. Then talk to your teacher if you still aren’t sure.
How do your subject pathways balance each other?
You might love doing PE, but if you choose to specialise in too many similar subjects, it doesn’t give you as many options post 16. Usually, choosing a balanced mix of subjects is the best way. We help out with some of this by having core subjects, which everyone does, and then specialist subject pathways where we try to give you a good range of choices in each pathway.
What kind of careers do these subjects lead to?
Again, remember that there are different routes to the same destination, but some subject specialisms are often linked to particular careers.
Help and Support
This ‘Directions’ booklet is aimed at pupils choosing their options in Year 9. Pupils are encouraged to think about factors they need to consider when making decisions about their Key Stage 4 options. It includes crosswords and other quizzes to check and reinforce learning and also provides information about qualifications, subjects, post-16 options and sources of help. We would encourage parents/carers to look through this booklet with their son/daughter as it will help support decisions as well as provide up to date information on subject choices and their potential links to different careers.