4 Students Tell Us How They Chose Their Year 11 & 12 Subjects

4 Students Tell Us How They Chose Their Year 11 & 12 Subjects

Choosing subjects for the last few years of high school tends to be pretty common talk amongst a lot of students, especially for those nearing the end of year 10. Do you choose subjects you enjoy? Ones that you’ll probably need for the career you think you want? Or ones that will likely get you a better end result? Do you take on a school-based apprenticeship? So many factors.

We had a group of year 10 students in the FYA office recently for a week of work inspiration. We sat them down and asked them to tell us what subjects they chose and why. Because sometimes hearing why other people made their choices can ease the pain of indecision or make you feel less alone!

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Mae

What are the subjects you have chosen?

Philosophy, 20th Century History, Further Maths, Psychology, Literature, International and Australian Politics  

How sure are you about the subjects you have chosen?

I am probably going to change all of them at course confirmation because I am very indecisive, I also like science but I have only chosen one science so I really have no idea.

Who or what influenced decision-making for your subjects?

My school and teachers. Every teacher tells you to do different subjects and it is very confusing.

Do the subjects you have chosen line up with the job you want in the future?

I have no idea what I want to do with my life; I feel like what I want now compared to what I will want in 2 years is probably different.

Are you looking forward to the next 2 years?

Who doesn’t love constant stress? (Everyone) I am sort of looking forward to some of the subjects that I picked, but I think that it will be too stressful for anyone to completely enjoy a class.

Do you have any advice to other or future Year 10 students choosing their subjects?

ATAR (Editor’s note: an ATAR is an Australian Tertiary Admissions Ranking, similar to an OP for those of you in Queensland) is mattering less and less to Universities so obviously work hard, but if you don’t get the required mark, there are other ways you can get into a course if you want to go to university.Try and choose electives in year 9 and 10 that are diverse so you can develop an interest (or hatred) for a subject, so when it comes time to choose you choose subjects you enjoy.

 

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Io

What are the subjects you have chosen?

The school I am attending for years 11 & 12 has a set structure of what subjects you have to do, so I have to do: English, Math Methods, Specialist Maths, Chemistry, Physics, and Extended Investigations. (whyyyyyy?)

How sure are you about the subjects you have chosen?

Not sure because I’m not good at maths or science. I really don’t know how I got into my school. *sigh*

Who or what influenced decision-making for your subjects?

My school. I tried to change one of my subjects to Geography but… no. My parents didn’t really do anything.

Do the subjects you have chosen line up with the job you want in the future?

We’re 15 (and 16). Yet, so many people ask us whether we know what we want to be in the future. Like, no, I really don’t know what I want to do for the next 50 or so years of my life.

Are you looking forward to the next 2 years?

Yes, definitely! I love moving schools (the school I’m attending next year will be my 7th) and meeting new people. For the work…not as excited. I’m sooooo lazy. And who wants to study instead of binge watching TV shows?

Do you have any advice to other or future Year 10 students choosing their subjects?

You don’t have to stress as much as you probably are right now. You probably do have to take it seriously and try to find the subjects right for you and your future but, in reality, in the following year if you don’t like or suck at a subject, you can switch or drop it. And you have so much time! So use it wisely. You have TWO years. 730 days. 17520 hours. Of thinking, exploring and experiencing things. And after those two years, you still have your whole life to find your future. So don’t stress.

 

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An

What are the subjects you have chosen?

Maths Methods, Specialist Maths, Chemistry, Physics, Business Management, EAL (English as an additional language) and Vietnamese.

How sure are you about the subjects you have chosen?

Not really sure about having 2 sciences in my list. I chose Physics randomly (ha ha) and will drop that in Year 12. Or I may screw Spec and end up dropping that. Or I will drop Business. Who knows 🙂

Who or what influenced decision-making for your subjects?

Mostly my school and friends. My family didn’t really tell me what to do. I did try most subjects in Year 10. It was really helpful for me when it came time to chose my subjects. The prerequisites of the course, ATAR and scaling have a huge impact on the list too. I didn’t chose any arts as it can dramatically impact my ATAR even though I like art.

Do the subjects you have chosen line up with the job you want in the future?

I don’t know what exactly what I want to do. So I tried to cover as much as I can to make sure that I will satisfy all the requirements from the course.

Are you looking forward to the next 2 years?

Yes! It will be extremely exciting as you will have so much more good memories and experience. However, to balance a healthy life with studying, friends, hobby, and works will be a big issue.

Do you have any advice to other or future Year 10 students choosing their subjects?

Try new subjects and see how you go with that. It is not easy to change and follow your desire when you get to VCE (Editor’s note: VCE is a Victorian Certificate of Education, which is what these students receive at the end of high school. If you’re in another state or territory you can check out what it’s equivalent to here). Consider every option and think about how your path will be if you do that. Setting goals and time to achieve them. Grit and strong determination are what you need.

 

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Brian

What are the subjects you have chosen?

Asian Five (extremely fun): Computing, Methods, Specialist, Chemistry, Physics and English

How sure are you about the subjects you have chosen?

Fairly sure about Computing and Methods but the rest I’m fairly unsure about until I actually study them.

Who or what influenced decision-making for your subjects?

My family tries to influence me but in the end it’s just myself. I feel like I can get a good ATAR with whatever subjects, just some are maybe harder, so I just do what I feel like.

Do the subjects you have chosen line up with the job you want in the future?

Pretty much I guess. I mean I kinda know what I want but I’m still open to anything that’s interesting. Maybe in some years there would be a different interesting career that doesn’t exist now, so who knows?

Are you looking forward to the next two years?

Depends on what is implied by ‘looking forward’. The studying will be intense, so all I think is I’m probably looking forward to some good subjects and teachers.

Do you have any advice to other or future Year 10 students choosing their VCE subjects?

Have loads of fun. JK just choose what you want. I know it’s an outdated advice but VCE is not your final test and your ATAR doesn’t affect you for that long. If you want a specific uni course, take subjects related to it I guess, but get at least one where it’s a little more practical and fun. There’s lots of solutions to any problem, so don’t stress too much about not meeting the requirements of a uni course.

Also if you’re in year 10 take the time to choose a few different subjects to get an idea of what you might want to do in year 11. Don’t overthink or stress it.