Choosing your Options
When choosing school subjects there are a number of factors that you need to weigh up. It is important to consider what subjects you enjoy - these may link to your interests in and outside of school. It is also helpful to think about subjects you are strongest in and subjects you are interested in that you have not studied before.
Subjects should not be chosen only on the basis that they are the easiest of choices. On the other hand, some subjects are just too difficult for some students and to pursue the subject, only to fail dismally, is not choosing wisely.
You are more likely to put effort into the subjects you enjoy but you also need to consider what subjects (and combinations of subjects) will be useful to you in your future career.
If you do not know what career you want, then it is important to choose subjects that will prepare you for a range of different pathways.
In choosing subjects, some questions that should be asked are:
- Does the subject fit with the career the student wishes to follow?
- Can the student cope with the subject?
- Does the subject appeal to the student?
- Can the subject be taken in subsequent years?
- Is there an advantage to taking this subject beyond the purely "useful"?
In making choices, parents and students should consider all of the factors above. Refer also to resources including 'The Future of Jobs' and 'Tips for Selecting NCEA Subjects'. Please also read on before selecting subjects.
Where there is doubt as to the choice of subjects, then the teacher of a subject may be consulted or the Head of Department for that subject.
Any difficulties or further need for advice should be referred to the Dean or make contact with Mr. Cowie directly.
Advice as to the relationship between careers and subject choice should be referred to the school's Careers Advisor.
Further information on how to choose School Subjects
1. This Careers NZ guide will help you choose which subjects to take in your next school year.
2. To build the right foundations for your future you need to make good subject choices throughout your secondary school. This AUT tool will help you with those confusing choices.
3. No Major Drama will help you create your own ranking of major subject areas based on your skills and interests.
4. University of Auckland's Guide to choosing school subjects - whether you're in Year 10 or 13 it's important to know the subjects you will need to take to study at university. The main thing to remember is to keep your options open.
Other useful resources:
- Auckland University - Subject Guide for School Students (Years 9-12)
- Otago University - Required & Recommended background subjects
- Victoria University - Recommended Subjects
- Massey University - Recommended & Required Subjects (Pages 47-49)
- Canterbury University - What subjects do you enjoy?
5. Subject Selection Action Plan - You can use this plan to help you decide which subjects to take in your next school year.