Here, Ms. Lloyd, Tenby's Career's Adviser and Guidance Counselor, answers a few of your most frequently asked questions. If you have any further questions, feel free to go find her in the 6th form building. Alternatively, you can also ask your Tutor and Head of Year for advise.
How many subjects do we need to choose?
When you’re making your selection, 4 of your subjects are compulsory so you have both of your English’s- English Language, English Literature- mathematics and a foreign language as well. So if you have a Malaysian passport , that needs to be Bahasa. And then additionally you select one science as well. Then you have 4 other additional options to choose from.
Who does Additional Maths and why?
So for additional maths ,it’s based on students’ examination results, both their checkpoints and in class assessments. Is rather or not if they’ve been able to succeed through the accelerated course because when you take add maths you have to complete mathematics in 1 year fast track and then an additional year for the add maths the following year. So it needs to be students who are very passionate about maths and have the ability to do well in it.
Can I take a subject at A-level if I don’t take it at IGCSE?
So the sixth form policy at Tenby is that you can’t take a subject at A-level if you haven’t taken it at IGCSE. The reason for that is that the learning gap is just gonna be too big because people would have already done 2 years in the subject and it would be a whole lot of reading and knowledge that you’re just gonna have. So that is something to be mindful of in your options if it’s something you think you might want to do it at A-levels, then you need to take it in IGCSE as well.
What guidance can I expect to support my options choices?
In terms of the support from myself and the school is that there will be a presentation about that. IGCSE options and how they go together, to leaded to A-levels and then to University to degree. There will also be the options evening itself, where you have the opportunity to speak with teachers and find out more about the subjects , as well as options week where that happens as well so you’ll actually sit on the lessons and see which one you enjoy the most. And of course my doors are always open to come and have talks and drop-in sessions if you like more information.
Will I get all of my first choices?
We would of course love everyone to have their first choices , however it may not always be the case and especially for subjects like DT when you’ve got a limited amount of space in the workshop. So your choices will be on a first come first serve basis, so the sooner you get your choice list in, then the more likely it is that you will get your first choice.
What subjects should I pick if I don’t know what I want to do in the future?
If you’re not sure about what you want to do in the future, the best thing for you to do is to take subjects that you enjoy, that you’re likely to do well at. So this might be facility subjects such as history and maths where the skills would equip you of variety of different jobs later on or just subjects that you’re interested in. It’s always great to have a balance so with some arts , the PE and as well as your more academic subjects.
What skills do I need to be successful in my subjects?
In terms of the skills that you need, there are gonna depend on the subjects that you’re taking. However, basic skills you’re gonna need is the ability to be motivated to what you’re learning, the ability to sympathize the content , put it into your own words and understand it , and comprehension skills . Reading is gonna be very important in all subjects that you take .
If i’m not interested in the sciences, which one should I take?
Again, this is based on your interest so if you’re more of a mathematical student , then physics complements that well. Otherwise, if you’re like me and you’re not a very science person, pick the science which you enjoy the most. The one that you think you’ll do the best at.
What should I consider when making my choices?
Basically, as of to summarise what I have just said , take options of things that you are gonna enjoy because you are gonna be sitting these subjects for 2 years and the whole point of this process is that to make sure that you’re not changing your subjects because we want to give you as much information as possible for you to make informed decisions for picking these subjects.