Subject choices Whats compulsory and whats optional?
English, maths and science are compulsory because they cover essential knowledge and skills that everyone needs for the future.
There are some other subjects that you have to study, but may not lead to exams:
· careers education
· information and communication technology (ICT)
· physical education (PE)
· religious studies
· sex and relationships education
· work-related learning
Some schools have other compulsory subjects and you can check this with your school.
The optional subjects you can take in Years 10 and 11 vary from school to school. Your teachers will tell you what subjects are available.
Your school must provide you with access to at least one course in each of four areas. They are:
· arts (including art and design, music, dance, drama and media arts)
· design and technology
· humanities (history and geography)
· modern foreign languages
Although your school must have at least one course available in each of these areas, its up to you whether you take them.