Choosing the right course

At Joseph Chamberlain College, we offer a range of qualifications to suit everyone and are committed to making sure you study the courses that are best for you.

Here are some things to think about when choosing your courses:

  • Choose subjects you’re good at:

Studying your strongest subjects will give you the best chance of achieving your possible highest grades. You’ll be more motivated by your success and find the work easier to keep up with. It’s better to have a CV of strong grades than to choose more ‘impressive’ subjects but achieve lower grades. Realistically, you need to consider your GCSE grades and assess whether or not you’ll be able to cope with the different demands of each subject. For example, do your strengths lie within exams or coursework? Are you an academic or creative person?

  • Choose subjects you enjoy:

Studying subjects you’re passionate about will make you much more likely to achieve your highest potential. You’ll have a better overall college experience if you genuinely love learning about your subjects and arrive at College each day eager to learn. As the saying goes, if you enjoy what you do, you’ll never have to work a day! It’s also important to choose the subjects you want to study – don’t feel pressured by others or choose a course just because your friend has, you’ll make plenty more friends in class.

  • Attend our open events:

We have an Open Day in October and Open Evenings in November and January. Come along and speak to teachers and current students about the subjects you’re interested in, to ensure you make an informed choice and understand more about what the courses involve. Open events are a great opportunity to chat to like minded people and find out which subjects compliment each other. Pupils in Year 10 and 11 are also invited to our Taster Days in June, where we run sample sessions for each subject.

  • Consider your plans for the future:

Think about what you want to do after College. Whether you are aiming for a Higher Education course or moving straight into a career; check the entry requirements and any specific subjects you may need to study to achieve your aims. For example, many Engineering courses require Science and Maths A Levels, or if you plan to study Art at university you’ll need a portfolio of work to show. If you have an idea of the career you’d like in the future but aren’t sure how to get there, we can advise you on the best subject combinations to start from. You can also speak to our Careers Adviser who can explain the future options that come with studying each subject.