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 18-years-old.
This does not mean that young people have to stay at school after year 11 though.
Although it may seem like a long time before you need to think about what job/career you want to follow in the future, it is never too early to start thinking about this. The job/career you wish to follow will help you decide what subjects to study in years 10 and 11.
Some of the things you will need to think about are:
- 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?
Once you have thought about what you are interested in and any hobbies you may have, it is time to think about what options to take. You can do GCSEs and/or a choice of BTECs in years 10 and 11.
GCSEs are taken at school in years 10 and 11 and generally last 2 years, are a mixture of coursework and exams. BTECs are Level 2 qualifications (see qualifications ladder) that can be taught alongside GCSEs. You will have to choose these options in year 9. This is why it is never too early to start thinking about what you want to do in the future for a job/career, as this will affect what GCSEs/BTECs you choose to do.
For more information about possible careers and what you will need to study please visit http://www.plotr.co.uk/