During Years 7, 8 and 9 your son or daughter will have been following the programmes of study for Key Stage 3 of the National Curriculum. By Year 9 most students are ready to start making decisions about their courses for GCSE, and many have developing ideas about their future careers.
Choosing subjects to study in Key Stage 4
Choosing subjects to study in Key Stage 4 can be an exciting time, but it can also be difficult for some students. The most important feature of any course of study up to the age of 16 is that it provides balance and does not “close doors” to possible future careers. It is for this reason that we place some constraints on the option choices and so ensure that all students follow a basic core of subjects. However, we hope that the choice available allow individual students to follow their developing interests.
Making Choices – Things to Consider
We have found by experience, that successful choices are made when there is close co-operation between parents, pupils, teachers and the Careers Service. Parents should try to make sure that their children can answer “yes” to the following questions when deciding on subjects.
- Consulted family, teachers, Careers Service and any others who may be able to help?
- Read the subject information in this booklet carefully?
- Understood what is involved in the study of the subjects in terms of the topics to be covered, amount of coursework to be completed, meeting deadlines etc?
- Been interested and successful in these subjects lower down the school? (This, of course, is impossible to answer for totally new subjects.)
- A need to study this subject because it may be helpful in your future career?
- Followed the rules concerning the choice of a balanced curriculum?