The subjects and qualifications you study over Years 9, 10 and 11 will affect how you spend your time during your next three years at Bentley Wood. It could also help set you up for the career or college course you want later on.

How do I choose?

To help you decide what to study in Years 8, 9, 10 and 11, start by asking yourself what you enjoy doing and what you’re good at.

Think about:

  • what you’re interested in: it could be other cultures and languages, writing projects, helping people, being outdoors or designing things
  • what types of activity you enjoy most - working things out and thinking them through, practical activities or artistic options like painting, drawing or performing music
  • what you're like at home, as well as in school - what skills have you developed following outside interests?

Some red hot tips.....

  • Get as much information as you can so you choose well.
  • Ask for help from your Head of Year.
  • If you have a firm career idea, research it and choose your options accordingly. Remember, no qualification is ever wasted.
  • You don’t have to have a career in mind at this stage – you just need to choose subjects and courses that will give you plenty of choice later on.
  • Choose subjects that you enjoy!
  • Check out whether the subjects have coursework, controlled assessment or just exams.

Where can I get help and advice?

The choices are yours, but most people look for advice on important decisions. There’s plenty available, but you should do as much as you can yourself to research all the options.

Parents, carers, family and friends probably know you best, so talking to them can help you work out what might suit you. But remember that they won’t always know a lot about careers or courses you’re interested in. If you’re planning to work towards a particular career or college course, don’t be put off just because it means taking a different direction from friends or family members.

Subject teachers know exactly what studying a subject in Year 8, 9, 10 and 11 involves, and can advise whether it’s right for you.

Mr Robinson (Careers Leade) can guide you towards advice about which subjects and qualifications are useful for particular careers.

Mr Roach, the school’s Careers Adviser, will be at Parents/Options Evening for you to ask any questions.

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