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Choosing Subjects in High School

Choosing subjects to study in high school can be tricky and can leave you feeling confused or overwhelmed. So here are some top tips for subject selection and some advice to help get you started on the right track.


Spend the time thinking about your options and prepare, don’t leave it to the last minute.

Compulsory Subjects

Check with your school on the compulsory subjects that you are required to complete.

Consider Your Interests and Passions

Start by thinking about what subjects that genuinely interest you and what you are passionate about. Choose subjects that you enjoy, as you are more likely to excel in them.

Future Career Goals

Research the post high school pathway you are planning on taking. Think about your long-term career goals. Some professions have specific subject requirements or recommendations, so choose subjects that align with your desired career path. For example, at Leidos we work in the IT and Engineering field. We recruit Software Engineers, Systems Engineers and other technical roles. To get into this field, it is great to study STEM related subjects at school to foster and grow your interest and knowledge. This includes, Science, Maths and ICT subjects.

Consider Prerequisites

Be aware of subject prerequisites. Some advanced courses or future degree programs may require specific subjects to have been studied at the high school level.

University Connections

If you have an idea of the type of course or university you wish to study at, then reach out and seek advice from the university or TAFE careers advisors and current students who can provide some really helpful advice. They can let you know if there are any prerequisite subjects or subjects that can build your skill set in your desired field.

Balance Your Subjects

Aim for a well-rounded selection of subjects. Don’t focus solely on one area; try to include a mix of humanities, sciences, and arts to keep your options open.

Challenge Yourself

Don’t be afraid to take on challenging subjects if you feel capable. Pushing your boundaries can lead to personal and academic growth. Don’t just pick easy subjects you think you will do well in or choose subjects that you may not be of interest to you because they scale well.

Discuss Your Options With A Broad Range Of People

Consult with your teachers, school counsellors and parents for advice. They can provide valuable insights into your strengths and weaknesses and help you make informed decisions. Talking to friends and classmates can also provide valuable insights and support.

Time Management

Consider your schedule and time management skills. Some subjects may require more time and effort than others, so be realistic about what you can handle. Click here see the Leidos article on study tips.

Think About Extracurricular Activities

Consider how your subject choices will affect your ability to participate in extracurricular activities, as these can be important for personal development and university applications.

Stay Informed About Changes

Keep up with changes in curriculum or educational requirements in your school or area, as they may affect your subject choices.

Review and Reflect

Periodically review your subject choices to ensure they still align with your goals and interests. It’s okay to make adjustments if needed.

Remember that your high school subject choices are a crucial part of your educational journey, but they are not set in stone. You can often make adjustments along the way if your interests or goals change. The key is to make thoughtful, informed decisions that set you on a path to success and personal fulfillment.

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