Choosing my subjects

Thinking about what subjects to take at school? We can help you with the decision.

Thinking about what subjects to take at school? We can help you with the decision.

Why subject choices are important

Choosing your subjects is a big decision. It can have an impact on what you do when you leave school and what options are open to you.

Ask yourself these five questions to help you make the right choice:

  1. How do you like to learn?
  2. Where can certain subjects take you?
  3. What subjects do you enjoy?
  4. What subjects are you good at?
  5. What do other people think?

Try the Subject Choices tool and see where your subjects could be useful.

Explore the jobs that are out there and bookmark the ones you're interested in. We'll save them in your account.

Have a look at the Future Me subject choices magazine for more help choosing your subjects.

Get out of the classroom with a Foundation Apprenticeship

If you're going into S5 or S6, you can choose a Foundation Apprenticeship as part of your subject choices. 

You'll get to work with an employer and learn at college before you've even left school. You'll also earn a qualification that's the same level as a Higher.

Find out more on

Talk to a careers adviser

We're part of Skills Development Scotland (SDS) – Scotland’s national careers service. There’s an SDS careers adviser based in your school.

Before you make your subject choices, you’ll have:

  • The chance to have a one-to-one session in S2/S3 – your parents or teacher can come along too  
  • A group session with an adviser to help you think through the decision you're about to make

Use the Subject Choices tool

Find out where your subjects could take you.