In Year 9, you will be asked to make choices about which subjects you want to study at GCSE, BTEC, or for qualifications of a more vocational nature.
Depending on your local options, you can study at:
- Secondary School
- a 14 to 16 centre in a local further education college – these offer a combination of vocational and academic qualifications so you can choose a practical and technical education
- a University Technical College (UTC) for 14 to 19 year olds. These offer vocational and academic qualifications, specialising in technical studies such as science, technology, engineering, manufacturing, and construction
- a Studio School for students aged 14 to 19 – these offer a combination of vocational and academic qualifications and practical, project-based study with work placements.
When choosing your course of study, it’s important to ask questions, do research and collect information. Talk to your parents, your teachers and other adults with older pupils who have been through the process. They can help you make these decisions.
Your school will have a dedicated Options team and hold an open day or evening for you to explore your choice of subject. There may also be plenty of information and help on your school’s website.