Now is the time when you have to make some very important decisions regarding the subjects you will study during the next two years. The decisions you make have consequences, not only for your remaining school life but also for your later career.
Studying a broad range of subjects will ensure that your choice of career opportunities is as wide as possible: a balanced programme is vital. Most employers and admission tutors look for young people with a broad general education as well as good quality grades.
It is not always necessary to have studied subjects in Years 10 and 11 in order to study them in the Sixth Form. If you have questions or want to know more, see the teacher highlighted at the bottom of the subject information page. It is vital for you to be as well-informed as possible to enable you to make sensible decisions.
Ask questions, listen, discuss and think carefully before making your mind up!
At the end of Year 11, the majority of Heart of England students choose to continue their studies. A small number of students find employment and others follow modern apprenticeships or other vocational schemes. The government requires that all students remain in some form of education or training until they are 18 years old.
Passing your GCSEs, including English and Mathematics, and achieving good grades across 8 subjects enables students to go on to study A levels. Studying 3 or 4 A levels will lead to employment, further education or higher education at 18. Most students choose to remain at the Heart of England Sixth Form, which offers over 20 courses in a college atmosphere. Some students may opt to follow courses at a local college or begin an apprenticeship. All of these routes will have application processes which require students to list the subjects they study and their likely achievement in them.
The brief details above outline the opportunities available to you. Further advice and information will be given to you in Year 11, when you come to make the next important decision about your education.