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We're off to a presentation at school on Thursday where subjects will lay out their wares and show what they have to offer.
Of course the National Curriculum means that "choice" actually means just picking four subjects to add to the standard fair of English, Maths, Science and language and R.E. (he goes to a COE Academy).
Boyzilla knows what he wants to do when he leaves school (or at least he does for now), but obviously that idea could change and so GCSEs need to give him a broad enough base when it comes to choosing A' Levels and a university course.
There's also the matter of choosing subjects he likes (no point doing a subject he loathes, he won't be any good at it (hello my Grade 4 CSE Physics).
And subjects he's good at. Liking a subject is a far cry from being good at it, therefore standing a chance of actually passing it after two years hard slog.
And so, off we go on Thursday with a clutch of possibles, and som definite 'nos', ready to see what's on offer.
His reasons for rejecting or entertaining certain subjects have all been well-reasoned so far, so hopefully the process of actually completing the options form will be a pretty painless one.
Top Tips For Heling Your Child Choose Options
- Talk about it
- FInd out what subjects they enjoy, what they're good at and what they loathe
- Try to keep a broad experience
- Talk to their teachers about their true abilities and real chance of doing well
- Find out the volume of work involved in each subject
- Support your child in their choices (it's their future after all)
What are your experiences of helping your child choose GCSE options? Leave a comment below.