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Choosing subjects and courses for Years 10 and 11 (Key Stage 4)

Choosing your subjects can be complicated. Find out as much as you can about the subjects offered. Your school will give you information listing all your choices or options.

The leaflet Choosing Courses for Years 10 and 11 has information to help you to make your choices, this can be found in the related links section.

Most of you will take GCSEs in subjects you know such as maths, English and science, at the school you joined in Year 7.

Some of you may also be able to choose work-related qualifications in subjects such as childcare, catering, business or IT that can lead to other qualifications such as a BTEC or Cambridge National.

Alternatively you can consider moving to a University Technical College for students aged 14 to 19. They teach technical, creative and scientific subjects. There are a number of UTCs in London, specialising in, for example specialist engineering - aviation, building, design, health, product, transport; medical services; broadcast and media, creative, technical and digital

Check out qualifications for Years 10 and 11 (look at level 2).

You will take all your exams at the end of your GCSE course.

In addition, the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) certificate is a way for schools to see which Year 11 students get six GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 in the following subjects:

  • English
  • maths
  • either history or geography
  • an ancient or modern language
  • and two science subjects, which can be either science and additional science or you have to have entered three from physics, biology, chemistry and computer science and gained grade 9 to 4 in two.

Got a career in mind? Check out what qualifications you will need. The National Careers Service website has information on hundreds of careers.