As noted in the College Application section, students need to be aware of what they have to offer in terms of work skills, school achievement, interests, strengths and weaknesses. This on- going evaluation should be being done throughout their school life in all their subject areas and relates directly to possible career choices they will make. This process becomes very important in March of their year 9, when they are asked are to select their preferred programme of study for years 10 and 11. Students need to prepare carefully for making these choices. The National Curriculum ensures that all students study the ‘core’ subjects and St. Monica’s offer a range of subjects that allow students to select a varied curriculum at Key Stage 4, related to their needs and desires. One important limitation should be noted here. Students wishing to apply for ‘A’ Level science at a further educations college, MUST select ‘Further Science’ from the options list.
Three hours are given towards preparation to year 9 Options Choices.
In Sessions 1 and 2, main topics of decision making, management skills and employability are drawn on and related to possible choices and careers planning for year 10.
Session 3 deals with the specific task of choosing subjects for year 10/11 GCSE programmes from the school options pamphlet and their relationship to careers routes later.
This will be planned to take place in February to coincide with the options/curriculum evening.