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Year 9 Do’s and Don’ts


  • Think about your favourite subjects
  • Talk people who may be able to give valuable advice
  • Think about what you enjoy and find interesting
  • Do you have hobbies or do things at home which have given you new skills, are these transferable to your choice of subject
  • Remember that your choices may influence what you study in further education


  • Take subjects because your friends tell you to
  • Do subjects because they seem the easier option
  • Take subjects you don’t like, in the hope you will grow to like them
  • Be forced into subjects you have no interest in

Year 10 Work Experience

The benefits of work experience are:

  • you can try out an area of work that interests you
  • you will learn new skills and meet new people
  • helps you to decide if that’s the right career for you
  • it might lead you to a part-time job, or full-time job later
  • You can gain a valuable reference from an employer

The role may be taken through school or you can find one yourself through the summer holidays

Qualifications in year 11

These are the different options available to study for in year 11

  • GCSEs – The gateway to further education, other progressions is and Internship, or Apprenticeship.  Try to aim for passes English, Maths, and Science as a minimum.
  • English Baccalaureate – often called EB or E-Bacc.  Offered by some schools in Hampshire – this is mainly a performance indicator in schools, to show how many pupil have reach A-C in GCSE’s
  • Key Skills – Often ICT, Communications, and English.  These are taught alongside the ordinary curriculum

At 16 you can also study towards these qualifications

  • BTEC Level 2 Diploma - one year vocational course equivalent to four GCSEs A*- C. If necessary, you may be able to re-sit GCSE English, maths or science if you achieve grade D or below at school
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma - two year vocational course equivalent to one A Level and would be taken alongside other qualifications as part of a full college or sixth-form study programme.
  • BTEC Diploma - two year vocational course which is equivalent to two A Levels
  • BTEC Extended Diploma - two year vocational course which is equivalent to three A Levels
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) - enables you to study a wider range of subjects, including English, maths, science, languages, humanities and visual arts. As part of the course, you are required to complete additional activities including an extended essay and involvement in community projects
  • BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (pre-degree) - offered to students who have achieved A Levels or other Level 3 qualifications and are looking to apply to a university to study an Art and Design degree.

Choices after school has finished

You must also be aware that the participation age for studying has been raised to 18.  This means all young people need to be in education or training until they reach 18.  This is to ensure that young people have the best prospects for finding future employment.

Work Experience and Work while you are at school

How to find out about work experience placements

  • Decide what you would like to do
  • Ask the people you know, family, friends and neighbours
  • Search local newspapers for jobs that interest you and local companies
  • Use websites to research local businesses
  • Start by preparing a CV and a covering letter that you can post or give to an employer – this shows you are serious about doing a placement
  • Remember – if you are going to see an employer face-to-face, dress appropriately and think about what you are going to say so that they get a good impression of you

Part-time work for 13 – 16 year olds

If you are still at school, working at the weekend or evening is a great way to earn some extra money and gain valuable work experience.  

You can legally do part time work when you are 13.  The hours and type of work are limited, until you are able to leave full time education

The work you undertake should:

  • Not be harmful to your health
  • Not interfere with your education
  • Be light and not harmful to your safety

You can find out more about child employment, including information on permitted types of work

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