How to make your school option choices

The key things you need to think about when making your option choices.

The key things you need to think about when making your option choices.

Five things to think about

It's time to make your option choices. Not sure where to start?

Ask yourself these 5 questions to help you make your decision:

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 Modern 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're more likely to enjoy subjects that you do well in. But you don't only have to pick subjects you're good at — you should also think about subjects you've never done before.

5. What do other people think?

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

Remember, don't 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 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.

Find out more on

Talk to a careers adviser

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

Before you make your option choices, you’ll have the chance to have a discussion with your careers adviser in S2 or S3 – your parents, carers or a teacher can join the conversation too. 

Use the Option Choices tool

Explore where your option choices could take you.