Choosing GCSEs

This page helps you to consider your choices beyond year 9 and tells you how to find out more about the GCSE or equivalent qualifications you may need for various careers in health. 

GCSEs and other choices

In year 9 you will have to make some important decisions about what to study over the next couple of years. You will have to continue with some subjects such as maths, English and science but you will have some choice for the others.

Most schools teach GCSEs (these are well known qualifications at levels 1 and 2), but some schools offer equivalent qualifications, such as IGCSEs. In addition to GCSEs, you may be able to take one or more vocational courses at levels 1 or 2, such as a BTEC or (OCR) Oxford, Cambridge and RSA qualification in Health and Social Care. This may appeal to you if you prefer more practical learning and assessment. Note that not all schools are able to offer all subjects or all types of courses.

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How to make your decisions

If you’re still unsure what you want to do, taking a broad range of subjects will usually help to keep your options open. Remember that getting good grades in English, maths and science will always help you in the future. 

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