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Your choices at 13/14

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Getting help choosing your post 13/14 options

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To get help choosing your GCSEs ask your tutor/teacher, parents/carers or someone who has been through it recently.

GCSEs are broad, general qualification so whatever subjects you choose will be useful for the future. However, there are a few things to bear in mind, so read the section on 'How your choices could affect your future'.

Below you will find helpful tips on how to choose subjects to meet your needs and interests.

General tips before you choose:

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  • Find out what subjects your have to do and what subjects you can choose to keep or drop.
  • Use the support offered through your school to gather all the information on your options, like Option Evenings, course information, school websites, careers library, careers software, etc.
  • Check out your ideas with people who know you well like your parents/carers, older siblings, careers adviser, etc.
  • If you’re already thinking about a particular job/career take a look at the entry requirements for that particular type of work using Search Job Sectors or talk to somebody who already works in that sector.
  • If you’re already thinking about a university course later then look at the entry requirements and work back from there - you can find some information about which post 16 courses to choose for specific university subjects through this link or visit the university's website.

How (and how not!) to make the right choices…

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Choose subjects that you think you’ll be good at and will interest you

  • If you think you might want to do a science-related course in the future, choose at least double award science
  • If you’re not sure what you might want to do after GCSEs, try to choose a good mix of GCSE subjects to keep open as many different future directions as possible
  • If you’re considering a career related to languages, or in art and design, having the relevant GCSEs will obviously really help.
  • If you are interested in a job sector, check out whether there are vocationally focused GCSEs – like Business Studies, etc. on offer at your school.
  • Check out whether there are vocational qualifications on offer at your school, like a BTEC in Engineering, Sports Skills, etc.

See the 'Useful links to help with choosing’ section to find lots of information sources that can help you make your post 14 choices.