Year 8 & 9

Now you've moved up, you'll start making important decisions about your future, and you may need help choosing your options. You'll need to think about the subjects you're good at, and what you enjoy most. Remember, the GCSEs you take could be important in determining your future career.

You will have the opportunity to research career choices using Kudos, the leading online career development tool which helps students to explore, develop and maximise their potential (contact Mrs Pipe for licence code).

There is a dedicated skills day for careers; keep an eye on this page for more details.

During Year 8 you will be asked to choose the subjects you will study during Year 9, 10 and 11

 There will be lots of support and information to help you with your choices 

  • Teachers will tell you about the subjects on offer and what they will cover
  • You can ask Mrs Pipe to see the schools Careers Adviser for an interview and she will also be in attendance at parents evenings to explain how your choices can affect your future career plans
  • Guest speakers from industry will inspire you to think about future career choices


  • Most jobs don't ask for specific GCSEs or other qualifications, but most will expect at least a grade 4 in English, Maths and Science which you will be studying anyway.
  • Choose subjects you enjoy and do well in, and think about new subjects and the importance of each one to your career ideas.
  • Think about the type of person you are, rather than what your friends want to do, the teachers you like or whether you are a boy or girl.
  • Do your research into qualifications and careers.
  • Not all GCSE subjects will be offered by your school but most will.

The Government is encouraging more young people to study STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) related subjects because they will give you the skills you will need for a wide range of career choices in the future.  Have a look at these useful websites:







Remember it's important to make sure you choose subjects that you like and are good at! 

If you would like a careers guidance interview, please book an appointment in person via Mrs Pipe in the library or you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Labour Market Information:

Identifying where the jobs are now and where they could be in the future is called Labour Market Information. Researching this will help you choose your options and future career pathways.

Finding out about jobs in Essex:

'What’s Your Thing?’ Careers Booklet

The ‘What’s Your Thing?’ booklet provides careers information on seven priority sectors in Greater Essex. These have been identified as they offer numerous employment opportunities, and are sectors which are highly likely to experience economic growth over the next few years.

These sectors are also experiencing skills shortages and require entrants with a range of different skill sets to help them grow.

This booklet aims to promote the career opportunities available by highlighting the occupations, salaries and skills these sectors are looking for.
This can be accessed during a Learning for Life lesson in Year 9 or click on the logo to the left for more information.


Raising the Participation Age (RPA)

It is a government requirement that young people stay in some form of education or training until their 18th birthday, more information can be found here.  This can be any of the following:

  • Sixth Form
  • Further Education College
  • Apprenticeships / Traineeships
  • Employment (with training)
  • Volunteering (with training)
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