When the time comes for your child to choose their GCSEs or vocational subjects, you will need to offer as much support and guidance as you can. It’s a tough time for teenagers as their GCSEs help determine what they do in the future. With that said, be sure to do your research so that you’re in a position to give them some advice and help them choose which subjects to study. I have teamed up with a sixth form college in London to help parents understand a little more about GCSEs and how they can assist their teenage sons or daughters.
Firstly, bear in mind that students will study around 8-10 GCSE subjects, meaning their education is still quite broad and won’t completely determine their future career in the same way that a university degree might. This should ease the pressure somewhat. Some subjects are compulsory, including English, Maths and Science. If your child does already know what they want to do as a future career, it’s worth looking at university entry requirements as this will give you an idea of the sort of subjects you should focus on.
However, if you’re unsure which subjects you should encourage your child to choose because they don’t know what they want to do in the future, it’s best to stay vague and simply think about what they enjoy the most and what they are good at. Try to keep their future options as open as possible so that they can change their mind.
If you think your child is only picking a certain subject because their friends are picking the same or because they love the teacher, try to discourage them. It won’t take long for them to realise that it’s not worth being stuck in a subject they hate; friendships don’t always last and teachers move onto new schools. For more information, don’t be afraid to contact your child’s school.
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