Making your KS4 subject choices


 When making your choices, take into account:


  1. Your strengths and interests


  • Use your previous reports to judge where your strengths lie and think about which subjects you enjoy. Don’t just base it on the teacher, as these may change in Year 10.


  • How the course is assessed – is it coursework? Is it practical? Is it an end of course exam? Each subject page explains how the course is assessed.


  • How the course is taught – is there a lot of writing? Is there a lot of practical work?


  • Will you be able to cope with all exams being at the end of year 11? If you would prefer to complete some of your qualification during the academic year, then consider subjects that have a higher degree of coursework or practical examination.


  1. Your future plans:


  • What would you like to do after your GCSEs? There are some subjects that you cannot subject in Sixth Form or College unless you have studied them at GCSE. In addition, in our experience, there are a number of subjects which are more difficult to pick up at A-Level if you have not studied them at GCSE (e.g. Art, history and geography). For further information about the local sixth forms and colleges, please see their websites.


  • Most university courses do not require particular GCSEs, but we would advise taking certain GCSEs for some courses at university. For example, if wishing to study medicine in the future, triple science would be an advantage.


  • Some apprenticeships would value certain vocational skills gained through GCSE and BTEC/OCR study.


If you require further information about specific careers or progression routes, please email Mr Bluer ( and we will arrange an additional careers’ interview for you.