What is Subject Choice all about?
In their Grade 9 year of schooling, your child will need to decide what subjects they will take through from Grade 10 to 12. They will be required to take at least seven subjects. Four of these have to be English, a second South African language, life orientation and either mathematics or mathematical literacy. The remaining three subjects are selected from 29 options ranging from accounting, science and art to business economics, computer technology and tourism. This is an important decision as it will affect their subject and career options after Matric.
When should we start talking and making decisions with regard to subject choice?
Schools will generally start to discuss and ask learners for their subject choice around mid-year onwards. It may be a good idea to start chatting to and preparing your child for this decision earlier in the year. If your child is struggling with this decision, an assessment may be a useful step to help them better understand their interests and aspirations to be able to make a good selection for their subject choice. Completion of a subject choice assessment will enable them to make a wise and informed decision about the subject package they decide to take in Grade 10 until Grade 12. This will also help them to pursue the widest range of realistic study options when they need to make a final decision regarding your future studies.
How will an assessment help?
The subject choice assessment will use a variety of different psychological assessments to understand your child’s aptitude, personality and career interests a bit better. The results of these assessments together with information that will be collected in the intake session will be used to provide you and your child with recommendations for their subjects’ packages as well as possible study/career options that they could pursue after school.
What is involved in the process?
The entire process will take place over a period of approximately 4-5 hours and will involve the following:
- Intake session with parents and child: 60 minutes
- Assessment (aptitude, personality, career interests, level of career maturity): 2-3 hours
- Feedback session with parents and child: 60 minutes. During the feedback session, you will be provided with a comprehensive report detailing the results of the assessment as well as recommendations for subject choice packages and future study/career options.
The above is all included in the total price of the assessment.
What else can I do to assist my child with their subject choice decision?
You could start chatting to your child and asking them questions around the following,
- Who they are (What are they passionate about? What do they like doing? What subjects do they enjoy at school? Which subjects are they good at? Are they also the subjects that they enjoy? What are their marks like for these subjects? Can they see myself studying further? What careers support their subject choice?).
- Where they see themselves going (What can they see themselves doing one day? In what line of work would they like to be one day?).
- How would they get there? (What school subjects do they need to get into University/College/ Private Institution?).