How to make your school option choices

We're here to guide you on the key things to think about when making your option choices.

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5 things to think about

1. How do you like to learn?

Everybody learns in their own way. Knowing how you learn best can help you figure out what subjects to choose. For example, if you enjoy learning through listening and speaking, you may be suited to learning languages.

2. Where can certain subjects take you?

Your option choices can affect the jobs open to you in the future. You need to have studied certain subjects to apply for some courses or jobs. You can find out more about where your subjects can take you with our Option Choices tool. Use the tool to explore job profiles, industries and apprenticeships.

3. What subjects do you enjoy?

Doing what you love can make you more likely to do well. If you’re interested in something, learning more about it can be fun.

4. What subjects are you good at?

You do not have to just pick subjects you're at it. Use this as an opportunity to think about subjects you've never done before - you may even enjoy picking something different.

5. What do other people think?

Talk to people you trust, such as family members or friends, about what strengths they feel you have. Your choices have to be the right ones for you.

Remember, do not rush the decision. Take the time to think about your options. You can also have a look at our Future Me option choices magazine for more help choosing your subjects.

Get career adviser support

My World of Work is part of Skills Development Scotland - Scotland's career service. Ask your teacher about arranging to see a careers adviser working within your school. They can help you with looking at what option choices might be best for you and help you with any career planning.

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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 option 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.

Learn more about Foundation Apprenticeships
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Use our Option Choices tool

Our Option Choices tool can help you make the decision on what subjects to take by exploring your different options. 

Use the Option Choices tool