Get ready to pick your subjects

Where could your subject choices take you?

Try our subject choices tool and explore where you could go. 

Making your subject choices is a big decision. 

And it'll have a big impact on what you do when you leave school. 

But don't panic. Ask yourself these three important questions, to help you make the right choice. 

  • What subjects do you enjoy?
  • Which ones are you good at?
  • Where can certain subjects take you?

These will help you make the right choices for both the person you are now, and the person you want to be in the future.

We're here to help you see the whole picture, so that you feel confident in the decision that you’re making. 

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Need a little support?

Try our About MeStrengths, and Skills tools, if you haven't already. 

Learning more about your personality, skills and strengths can help you work out what subjects will suit you.

All you’ll need to do is register for a My World of Work account.  

Where your choices can take you

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.

 

Careers advice from the experts

We're part of Skills Development Scotland (SDS) – Scotland’s national careers service. And we've got advisers tied to every school in the country. 

Whether you need advice on what to do after school, to explore your job options or guidance on what to do next - they can point you in the right direction.

Before you make your S2/S3 subject choices, you’ll have:

  1. A group session with an adviser to help you think through the decision you're about to make
  2. The chance to have a one-to-one session – and your parents or teacher can come along too
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Foundation Apprenticeships

If you're making your S5 subject choices, a Foundation Apprenticeship (FA) could be a good option for you. 

You pick it as one of your school subjects, but you'll get to spend time learning at college and training on the job.

When you finish, you'll have a qualification that's the same level as a Higher - getting you out of the classroom, and giving you a headstart in the world of work. 

Plus, it's accepted by all colleges and universities - so could help you into more learning and training. 

Interested? Learn more about what's out there on Apprenticeships.scot

Checklist

  1. Register on My World of Work
  2. Work through our three core tools (About Me, Strengths and Skills) on your profile
  3. Explore where your subjects can take you using the subject choices tool
  4. Attend the group session with your careers adviser
  5. Have a one-to-one session with your careers adviser

Parent or carer?

The subjects your child picks will have an impact on the careers open to them when they leave school.

How can you give the best advice so they can make good choices? Arrange a session with their school or adviser to talk through their options. 

 And we've got a handy guide on choosing school subjects – advice for parents and carers.