Your GCSE subject options will be firmly in your sight if you're in Year 9 right now, or coming up to that stage of life.
We all struggle with choices. So what should you bear in mind when choosing GCSE options? Here are a few pointers:
You may have already found that many people will have opinions about your choices. You'll receive advice from parents and teachers - do listen but in the end, go for what you'd like to do.
You may also have friends suggesting you do the same subjects as them - choose for yourself.
Ultimately we suggest you choose subjects that you will enjoy.
Further down the line when the workload is heavy you'll appreciate enjoying a subject and looking forward to rather than dreading lessons. It's very easy to then talk yourself out of taking a subject you love.
Instead, ask "Why not?".
This will always be Maths and English, a combination of Sciences, a Humanities Subject (History/Geography).
This is a simple one but very important. It's almost certain that subjects you take at A Level will have to be part of your options at GCSE.
If you want to go on that far, what subjects do you see yourself taking? This long term thinking also applies to university and careers.
It can be scary to think that far ahead but spend a little time dreaming. What would you like to do with your life?