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Decisions for Options


By the end of Year 9 students will have reached the next stage of their education journey and it will be time to choose their options for the next three years...
How do they pick what subjects to study?
How do they decide which courses are right for them?

Subject teachers and form tutors will work closely with students and look at the different ways to help them choose well.

Log in to https://kudos.cascaid.co.uk/#/ to help you find out how your favourite subjects can lead to a potential career path. Your tutor will let you know the Licence code, or go to the Careers Hub to find out.

We also recommend using START Profile. This is a free, online tool which we now use a lot in school and Careers guidance sessions. ​Click here for a tutorial on how to use START Profile.

Guidance on choosing your options.

Good reasons to choose a subject
  • You like it or find it interesting
  • You’re good at it
  • You need it or it’s useful for your future career/ you have done some career research
  • You can develop new skills by doing it
  • It will combine well with other subjects
Bad reasons to choose a subject
  • Your friends are doing it
  • You think you should do it- even if you don’t want to
  • You can’t think of anything else to choose
  • You think it will be easy
  • You really like the teacher you have now

Key Stage 4 Qualifications


Choosing which subjects to take at Key Stage 4 is very important - it can affect your options for the future. The qualifications you gain in year 11 can influence what you do next, in terms of education, training and employment.

Things to consider:

  • Certain subjects, e.g. maths and the sciences, need a good foundation before you can take them further, but subjects such as business or psychology can often be started from scratch at A level or equivalent, or even at degree level.
  • A few GCSE subjects (maths, science and languages) are entered at different levels or tiers. Your teachers will discuss which level is right for you.
  • English and maths are compulsory subjects up to year 11. Aim to do as well as you possibly can in them because they are the subjects most often required for courses and careers. In fact, English and maths are considered to be so important that if you don't gain at least a grade 9-4 or A*-C at GCSE, you will usually be expected to continue learning the subjects after the age of 16.
  • The subjects available depend on what your school offers. Get advice from the people who know you best, e.g. your tutor or subject teachers.

    *Information taken from Eclips.online.co.uk

Guidance on choosing your options


Good reasons to choose a subject
  • You like it or find it interesting
  • You’re good at it
  • You need it or it’s useful for your future career/ you have done some career research
  • You can develop new skills by doing it
  • It will combine well with other subjects
Bad reasons to choose a subject
  • Your friends are doing it
  • You think you should do it- even if you don’t want to
  • You can’t think of anything else to choose
  • You think it will be easy
  • You really like the teacher you have now

Useful career resources when exploring your options:
http://www.cegnet.co.uk/uploads/resources/The_ten_best_resources_for_Year_9_options.pdf

Find out what a job involves and if it's right for you:
https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/explore-careers

  • Your school guide to choosing KS4 options
  • Attend KS4 option assembly/ information for students and parents
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Decisions for after Year 11


There are lots of things to think about when students leave HLC. To help students choose what to do next, Form Tutors and FutureFocus both play a valuable role.

All Year 11 students complete their ‘Choices Checklist’ in September and Where Next’ forms in March to help prioritise one to one FutureFocus interviews, and careers packs, with important dates for open evenings and application deadlines are given to each student.Open evening for the colleges and sixth forms are further promoted during assemblies, consultation day and parent’s evenings.

During Citizenship, the different options, and the routes into them are explored. Some might enjoy school and may like to continue their learning in a classroom and move to a sixth form or a further education college. Others might prefer more hands-on ways of doing things, so they may want to think about an apprenticeship and ‘earn while they learn’.

HLC holds an annual Careers Convention in November and is well attended by local colleges, sixth forms, employers and other education and training providers. Parents are also welcome at the event.

Guidance on choosing your options.

Good reasons to choose a subject
  • You like it or find it interesting
  • You’re good at it
  • You need it or it’s useful for your future career/ you have done some career research
  • You can develop new skills by doing it
  • It will combine well with other subjects
Bad reasons to choose a subject
  • Your friends are doing it
  • You think you should do it- even if you don’t want to
  • You can’t think of anything else to choose
  • You think it will be easy
  • You really like the teacher you have now
T Levels

T Levels are new courses which follow GCSEs and are equivalent to 3 A levels. These 2-year courses, which launched September 2020, have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares students for work, further training or study.​

T Levels offer students a mixture of classroom learning and ‘on-the-job’ experience during an industry placement of at least 315 hours (approximately 45 days).​


For more information from your chosen Post 16 provider, please click on buttons below, for direct links to information which should help you with your preparation.

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