Hello, this week in UCAS and Careers news I want to focus on Year 9 option choices. 

These are just around the corner and I know they can be a stressful time for parents. If nothing else you have to deal with the shock that your baby is now almost old enough to take GCSEs! 

I thought that a few pointers for supporting your child at this time might be welcome, their tutors will also be discussing this with pupils in PSHE.

  • Advise them against taking a subject just because their friends are doing it or because they like the teacher. Friends and teachers change!
  • Tell them to play to their strengths. There are several compulsory options so they are only able to make two or three (depending upon their science) choices and they should choose subjects that they enjoy and can excel at. I am frequently asked what subjects should be chosen for a particular job or university course and it is important to remember that good results are the key to success rather than any specific subject. If a child has no interest in a subject which leads to a specific job then they may not enjoy the job and should rethink their plans.
  • Talk to their teachers. We have year 9 parents evenings starting on February 5th and that will be an ideal opportunity.
  • Advise them to talk to subject teachers and pupils who are currently studying the subject to find out what it is really like at GCSE.

Here is a useful guide from the BBC  BBC Bitesize

As always, don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need any more information.

Kim Lacey, UCAS and Careers