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Học tiếng nước ngoài: Học tiếng Anh - Bài 08 ( Lesson 08 )

Making the right choice

When they reach Year 9 of secondary school (ages 13 -14), UK students have to select which subjects they will study in Years 10 and 11. Most chosen courses will result in a GCSE qualification, although subjects can be taken at different levels depending on academic ability. Many schools also offer ‘vocational’ options, for those who want to acquire more work-related knowledge and skills.

English, science, and mathematics are compulsory, while other subjects are optional. For example, students can choose one course from each of following areas:

■ Arts (e.g. music, art, drama)

■ Humanities (geography or history)

■ Modern foreign languages

■ Design technology

For all students, making the right choice means thinking carefully about what subjects they either enjoy or are good at. Knowing what career they want to follow, or what they want to study at higher education, can make life easier, as choices will be linked to what is relevant or essential. Meanwhile, students who don’t yet know what they want to do later in life tend to keep their options open and select a range of subjects. 

The choices students make in Year 9 can impact on the rest of their lives and while some find the process easy and exciting, for others it can be stressful and agonising. So students are always encouraged to take their time and talk to their teachers, parents and carers about what is right for them.








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