14 – 16 yrs

Helping your child decide their future

Although between the ages of 14 and 16 it may seem like a long time before your child needs to think about what job/career they want to follow in the future, it is never too early to start thinking about this.

The job/career that they wish to follow will also potentially help decide what subjects they study in years 10 and 11, and beyond.

How can you help your child?

In the young person section of this website we have given young people a number of questions to think about to help them decide what they want to do. These questions are listed below.

  • What interests you and do you find fun and enjoy doing?
  • What are you good at – not just school subjects?
  • Is there anything you don’t like doing or are not so good at?
  • Would you like to work indoors or outdoors, alone, or in a team?
  • What is important to you, helping people, doing something hands on?

You will be able to support them in answering some of these questions for themselves.

There are a number of different resources available for young people and you as parent/carer to support young people, however a good starting point for information about possible careers is


You should also take the opportunity to talk to your child’s school as they will be able to provide you with more information. You could do this at parent’s evenings/options evenings as part of general discussions to see how your child is getting on at school, and what their next steps are.

What qualifications will my child study in Years 10 & 11?


GCSEs (General Certificates of Secondary Education) are usually taken in 2 years in years 10 and 11 and available in a number of subjects. They are assessed by exams and coursework, although in the next few years the Government has changed this so that they will only be assessed by exams.

For more information about GCSEs, please click here

GCSE Grades explained

The results of GCSE examinations are reported on an 8-point scale of grades: A*, A, B, C, D, E, F and G. Candidates who do not reach the minimum standard (Grade G) will be ungraded (U) and the result will not be certified.

For more information about GCSE grades, please click here


BTECs are work related qualifications suitable for a wide range of students. They

provide a more practical, real-world approach to learning alongside a key theoretical background. They can be taken as well as, or in place of, GCSEs and A levels in schools and colleges. BTECs are recognised by schools, colleges, universities, employers and professional bodies across the United Kingdom and in over 100 countries worldwide.

For more information about BTECs, please click here

Staying on at School

Under the Raising Participation Age (RPA) introduced in September 2013, all young people now need to be in some form of education, employment or training until 17. In 2015, this will rise to the age of 18.

This does not mean that young people have to stay at school.

You and your child will need to think what it is they plan to do once they finish compulsory school age at the end of year 11. More information about the options open to young people are available on the 16-18 young people and parents and carers sections of this website.

For further information about the RPA and what it means for your child, please click here

If you have any further questions about the information here please contact the school improvement team on 01634 337560.

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