Choosing the right course

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

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

  • 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, are you better at exams or coursework?

  • Choose subjects you enjoy:

Studying subjects you’re passionate about will make you much more likely to achieve your potential. You’ll have a better overall college experience if you genuinely love learning about your subjects.  They say it isn’t work if you do something you enjoy! It’s also important to choose the subjects you want to do, don’t feel pressured by others or choose a course just because your friend has.

  • Attend one of our open days:

We have an Open Day in October and Open Evenings in November and January. 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.

  • 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.

  • Discuss those plans with us:

At your interview, tell us what you hope to do after College so we can offer advice and guidance on the most appropriate programme of study. You can also speak to our Careers Adviser who can explain the future options that come with studying each subject.