Choices in Year 9

Whose decision?

If you let other people choose your options for you, you may end up doing a learning programme that suits them better than it suits you. Use our tips to make sure that this doesn’t happen to you.

How to choose an option

    • Research all your options before you make a decision.
    • Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that some subjects are only for boys and some only for girls – this isn’t true.
    • If you have a firm career idea, choose the options you need to meet the entry requirements for the post-16 opportunities that interest you – further education, higher education, an Apprenticeship, a job with training.
    • If you don’t have a firm career idea, choose options that will give you plenty of choice post-16.
    • Don’t be afraid to ask for help and advice from your family, friends, teachers, careers co-ordinator, Connexions personal adviser and others.


Good reasons for choosing an option

  • You’re good at the subject.
  • You think you’ll enjoy the subject.
  • It fits your career ideas and plans.
  • It goes well with your other choices.
  • It helps to give you plenty of choice post-16.
  • You think you might want to continue studying it post-16.
  • Your research shows that it will interest you and motivate you to learn.

Bad reasons for choosing an option

  • Your friends have chosen it.
  • You think it will be easy.
  • You think it’s a good option for a boy/girl.
  • Someone else thinks that it’s a good idea.
  • You like the teacher you have now.
  • You didn’t have time to research your options properly.

Who can help?

There are lots of sources of help for you when choosing your options. Its an important decision so take your time and don’t be afraid to ask for help and information. If you’re in school or college, you can ask your careers teacher, form tutor or Head of Year for help.

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