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Helpful Advice

Help and advice when choosing your options

Clearly there is lots to think about when making your option choices and you may feel a little overwhelmed by it all.  It may help you to think about the following questions when trying to decide which are the right subjects for you:-

  • Which courses will I enjoy studying most for the next three years? 
  • Which courses am I likely to be the most successful in? 
  • Which courses will I need for my future career or might I want to study after I leave school? 
  • Which courses suit my preferred method of learning? (Some courses are assessed through examinations and coursework or controlled assessments completed in lessons, whilst others are assessed only through examinations).

You are not alone when making these choices.  There is lots of help available to you including:-

  • Your parents/carers. 
  • Your subject teachers or the Subject Leader for the subject(s) you are interested in. 
  • Your form tutor. 
  • Your Progress Leader. 
  • Senior members of staff.
  • Other people, such as family members and family friends, doing a career you might be interested in. 

There is also a great deal of information available to you about different careers in the library and from websites, some of which are listed below. And remember... A good general education is important, whatever choices you are going to make. Sixth forms, universities, colleges of higher education, colleges of further education and employers all have one thing in common – they look for young people with an all-round education, a range of skills, wide interests, experience and good qualifications.

In making your choices, we would recommend trying to study ONE subject from EACH of the following areas:-

  • Modern Foreign Languages (French or German)
  • Humanities (Geography or History)
  • Creative Arts (Art, Photography, Drama, Music and PE)
  • Technology (Engineering or Food Preparation and Nutrition, also including Computer Science or Creative iMedia)

As this gives you the greatest flexibility for the future.

 

 

Useful Websites

GENERAL CAREERS WEBSITES

General careers advice: http://www.allaboutcareers.com

General careers advice: http://www.icould.com

Careers films: http://www.careersbox.co.uk 

National Careers Service: http://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk

 

SPECIFIC CAREERS 

Accountancy: http://www.accaglobal.com/uk/en 

Army:  https://apply.army.mod.uk/careers/ 

Art based careers: https://www.theartcareerproject.com/careers/ 

Computing:  http://www.computerscience.org/careers/

Engineering: http://www.tomorrowsengineers.org.uk/ 

Geography:  http://www.prospects.ac.uk/options_geography.htm

History: http://www.history.org.uk/resources/public_resource_2914_76.html

Foreign languages: http://www.prospects.ac.uk/options_modern_languages.htm 

Human Resources (HR):  https://www.cipd.co.uk/new-hr-learning-development 

National Health Service (NHS): https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/ 

Music: http://www.careersinmusic.com/ 

Police: https://recruit.college.police.uk/ 

RAF: www.raf.mod.uk/recruitment 

Science based careers: http://www.sciencecareerpathways.com/home/ 

Teaching:  https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/ 

 

APPRENTICESHIPS   https://www.apprenticeships.gov.uk/

POST 16 WEBSITES  Higham Lane Sixth Form: http://www.highamlanesixthform.co.uk/

King Edward VI College: http://kecnuneaton.ac.uk/ 

Etone College: http://www.etonecollege.co.uk/ 

North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College: http://www.nwslc.ac.uk/ 

St Thomas More School: http://www.st-thomas-more.net

 

HIGHER EDUCATION WEBSITES 

University applications: www.ucas.com

Guide to universities: www.whatuni.com

 

INFORMATION ABOUT UNIVERSITY COURSES FOR DIFFERENT CAREERS  http://targetcareers.co.uk/uni/choices-about-uni/242-which-degree-do-you-need-for-which-career