Introduction: Choosing Year 9 Options

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Hello guys,

This instructable is basically about choosing "Options" in Year 9. Options are choices which a student makes in their 9th Year, to decide which subjects they, themselves actually want to learn.

I have made this instructable because, my time to choose my options is very near!!! I've just started Year 9. So i thought I might aswell give some tips to other people, who are going to choose their options.

Options are generally in U.K highschools, But this instructable can also be very helpful for "electives" which are very similar to options i believe, but are in Schools across America.

Step 1: Why Are the Options So Important?

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I'm sure if you go to a high school in England, you would of heard, or will be hearing eventually
"The Options Talk".

The Options Talk is, where most of Year 9 is gone by talking about Options. You hear it from teachers, professional career advisors, parents, and even sometimes fellow classmates and friends.

Why do they go on about it eh?

Well because it's SO DAMN important. Thats why. These Options are going to be the subjects you study for the next 2 years of high school, up untill college. This means you can pick brand new subjects which you find intresting, keep some that you enjoy, and drop the ones that
you dislike ( oh yes! ).
However, you still have to do the core subjects :

Maths, Science, English....and a recently added one R.S. :-(

So if they are that important, then you should not make any mistakes.

Step 2: What to Do :

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So now you know what Options are then; you now need to think about what you like doing.

Firstly, make a list of subjects that you wan't to do, or are intrested in.

Then make a list of subjects that you want to keep and are good at.

Then make a list of subjects that you want to drop, due to ; you make dislike it, not find it very intresting e.g.

Keep in mind you only get about 12* ( I am not sure i think so) slots to fit in your options including the core subjects.
Not alot is it..... thats why you must choose wisely.

Step 3: What Not to Do :

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Ok, these are the don'ts now. Things that you shouldn't do when picking your Options.

Don't pick a subject just because a friend is picking it. -
A big don't. Chances are you will be in a totally different class. Also these Options are for what you want to do, and are a big influence in the career you want in life, or the job your going to get. Not for some other person; you !!!!!

Don't pick a subject because you like the teacher -
Very likely you will get a different teacher in the following year, so you would of lost out.

Don't pick a subject beacuse it sounds easy -
Sometimes it isn't easy, and you might find the subject boring but will have to stick with it for a whole 2 years until college.

Don't pick a totally new subject that you never have heard of -
There is a possibility you might dislike it or find it difficult.

Step 4: Good Luck !

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Good luck with your new subjects then. You should remember to only pick an Option because you want to do it!

These Options determine what kind of Job you get, and they aid in attaining youre desired career. So choose wisely!

Also remember to succeed in school, you need to do well and get good grades. So also focus on academic work, assignments, course-work, homework etc...

Good luck in the future! Hopefully this instructable will aid in the process of choosing your Year 9 Options!

I hope you have enjoyed my first Instructable. Please comment and rate if you find it helpfull or good.
Also you are welcome to provide any other tips you have, on the comments page. I might also update them to the instructable if i find them particulary good.

Thank you for viewing my first Instructable.


tikka_masala (author)2017-07-27

hey I am in year 8 and it is currently summer holidays. so next year I'll be in year 9, I would like to be a pilot or possibly work in job similar to that but I have no idea what subjects to take! I've researched, believe me, but it hasn't been much help. please help !!! thanks.

LucyC48 (author)tikka_masala2017-08-29

I am in the same position as you! I would just go for what you enjoy, at the end of the day you want to be doing a job that you enjoy so if you take subjects you enjoy they should take you to a job you enjoy. I would recommend taking triple science and maybe physcology to be a pilot? wish you the best of luck xx

LucyC48 (author)2017-08-29

hey, I am going into year 9 and have no idea what to take! I think I would like to something with sport and maybe a physio. I would obivulsly take 3 sciences and P.E but at my school you have to pick 11, which I'm finding really difficult, pease help! xx

ellxe14 (author)2017-01-09

bruv also in year 9 and I have 8 weeks till I have to choose my options. don't no wat to choose? something to do with beauty, media or law? please reply babe to help meee! thx xx

caitlinmeadwell (author)ellxe142017-02-05

art, business and psychology would be a great mix if you're wishing to take a career in art, media and law. media studies would also be a great option!

Kyra626 (author)2017-01-15

Hey, I'm in year 8 and I pick me options in a few weeks. I'm unsure on what to take because I want to be a police officer, could you pls respond within the 6 weeks I have to pick them. This would mean a lot because no other website has provided me with such information!

caitlinmeadwell (author)Kyra6262017-02-05

for a police officer, you should definitely take history and psychology, because a lot of history is about investigating and psychology is the study of the brain, you can learn about criminals and it will help you to understand peoples way of thinking! if you have an extra option left, just take a subject that you really enjoy! hope this helped :)

xxaimeemmxx (author)2016-01-15

My school pick their options in year 8 and I really want to be a teacher. I pick my options next month and I don't know what to take to become a teacher. Any ideas or help?


Kyra626 (author)xxaimeemmxx2017-01-15

If you want to be a primary school teacher, take all maths and sciences

EllieB8 (author)xxaimeemmxx2016-02-03

You don't pick your yeap 9 options in year 8. But you can get to drop subjects at or near the end of the school year. However this is not as important as the year 9 options. Don't your teachers tell you this? I'm also in year 8

NyahT (author)xxaimeemmxx2016-01-24

it depends on what you want to teach.. I want to be a year 2 teacher so i would only need A-B in GCSE for maths, science and English and if you want to teach children (under 13`s) you might have to take childcare, just in case for CPR etc.. I`m choosing things that I`m good at so I might take French im not sure yet.. I`m also picking mine in a month or so.

NicholasB31 (author)2016-03-10

That's really usefull. Thanks :D

SerrenleaH (author)2016-02-11

i want to be a hairdressers what options will i have to take

badassgirl123 (author)2016-01-15


i basically wanna be a doctor in the future and i wanna know what to pick for it

help please


NyahT (author)badassgirl1232016-01-24

I reccomend taking all 3 sciences means you could test the bloods that is chemistry, you`ll need biology and physics could help with the pulse etc

Julie2016 (author)badassgirl1232016-01-15

You will obviously need what the mains are which is English, maths and science. I recommend doing biology as you want to be a doctor. But also you could pick:

First aiding (if you have that)

Another language

It (I.C.T)

munisahz (author)2016-01-17

hi! i am going to pick my options next week i have no ideas what to chose for being a receptionist

help me please thank you!!!

EthanG21 (author)2015-11-08

do we have to do all 3 science's (Biology,Chemistry,Physics) otr can we drop 1? thank you!!!!

Julie2016 (author)EthanG212016-01-15

That depends on your school but mostly you get to pick all three as a whole or just one but you probably can just pick two

Julie xxx

skyebabe (author)2010-03-13

hi i want to be a teacher when i am older and i dont no what options to take i am not in year nine yet but i will be soon and i want =ed to know what to take thanks  xoxo :)

xxaimeemmxx (author)skyebabe2016-01-15

I'm in the same position ?

Baron A (author)skyebabe2010-03-15

Oh hey. I don't visit this site much anymore, so it's lucky I caught your comment :D.

Well I guess atm it doesn't matter too much. But when Picking A levels your subjects should be more specific.

Anyway Year  9 options.  Depends what type of teacher you want to be. For example If you would want to teach Art, you would obviously need to pick Art, and vice versa for like Music, Language etc....

Make sure the subject you WANT to TEACH  -You PICK!
The other additional subjects don't matter too much.

Good luck.


xtiastevensonxx (author)2015-11-19

i only get to pick 3.... makes it a lot harder

MatthewJN (author)2015-09-08

what options should I choose if I want to become a mechanic?

BarakS (author)2015-04-14

thank you so much

A SPRINKLEO (author)2015-03-12


I am about to choose my options in about two weeks and I'm really stuck on what to pick Because I don't know what I want to do when I'm older. What are some options that are good to take if you don't know what you want to be when your older? Please help!


xxjadelouxx (author)2015-02-24


I am starting my options and I have to take ENGLISH, MATHS and a LANGUAGE

I want to be a riding instructor or jockey what would I need to take to get my goals

plz reply

jade x

little.bird.790 (author)2015-01-30

want to be an RAF pilot what GCSE's do I need plz reply need to know and fast !

Yahya.Ultimate.Hacker (author)2015-01-16

I want to be a IT Specialist or a IT Programmer, Maybe a Pharmacist.

What Options Should I Take, I REALLY need a reply...


hanif.ali.52643821 (author)2015-01-07

wow amazing help in 9 i am re-thinking my choices.

SophieL1 (author)2014-09-07

I wold like to say a massive thank you! I am in year 8 but they are changing the year when you pick your options to year 8 now. This helped me so much! I really know what I want to do. Thank you very much and good luck with everything!

From Sophie :)

kuwaiti1234 (author)2014-02-10

hello there i am a Grade 9 er this year going to grade 10 , these facts have really helped me and now i have a rough idea which subjects i should choose i have followed the steps but i still haven't decided which subjects hope you help us a bit more i found this helpful but i dont know which subjects make me want to work for a particular job!!!! :)

10taylors (author)2012-07-23

hello im in y9 in september i have been thinking about the option picking but one problem i dont know what options i will need to pick if i wanna be a ict teacher and do u know what kind of qualificastions i need

zara15 (author)2012-01-02

hiia im in year 9 my self and have been given an draft copie off the option sheet and im not sure what to do. all my friend are all doing the same because 1 person is but they themself ddnt wnt to realy do it shall i do that or do wht i want x

hhatton (author)2011-05-04

I thought for your first instructable that was excellent you have helped me very much and i am in yr8 but nearly in yr9 and i was thinking about it already but i didnt know what to do and you really helped me alot thanks and keep up the good advice, what you did is truly amazing for all the people going into or starting yr 9 thanks Goodluck x

Baron A (author)hhatton2011-05-06

Thank you so much for the nice comment.

I don't visit this site much now, but when I recieved your comment in my email inbox I just had to reply back.

I'm glad my instructable has helped you. I know choices in Year 9 aren't as easy as they look. Hope you do well in the future. Good luck!


knex_mepalm (author)2010-08-27

Lol, commerce and accounting and computing or programming.

Fmeerza (author)2010-05-02

Oh and i forgot to menssion that my option sheet is suppost to be handed in this Thursady so please reply as soon as possible. thank you!

Fmeerza (author)2010-05-02

Hi, i'm in the 8th grade going to the 9th and nows the time i have to pick my options, so can you please help me! I live in an Arab country but in an English school following the British curriculum and i have 5 options, i just can't make myy mind up for one of them, here are my options:
Option 1: Chemisrty
Option 2: Physics
Option 3: Biology
Option 4 : ????
Option 5: History
As you can see oiption for i am not sure of, should i take Bussiness Studies or English Litrature? I am planning to be a Doctor, and i am hoping to study in Europe or Canada. SO can you please help me decide, i want to make sure the subjects i am picking will be accepted and still count, so when i go to the university they will accept me!
Please contact or reply as soon as you can!
Thank you so much, i really do appreciate it!

Mel. (author)2010-03-09

Hey, i just wanted too know, what options i should pick to be a nursery teacher? I have already handed in my options sheet and i picked art, drama, product design, and i have actually forgotten the last one! But i dont think thats right at all, But at my school they are acctualy giving year nine students the chance to fill out their options form again, because so many are wanting to re-do them, but could someone please give me some advice on which options to pick ?  :) Thanks x

Baron A (author)Mel.2010-03-15

Oh don't worry. The options at this stage don't really have much of an impact IF you want to go into a form of teaching.

Though if ya want to be a nursery teacher, make sure you pick a ChildCare A level/ B tech course at college.

Better yet some schools have cildcare as an early course. So if you have the chance to pick it now. Do so. Other than that your choices are fine :)

Good Luck!

iiloveyou. (author)2010-02-17

i am choosing my options soon, and i wanted to know, what i have to choose to be a beautician. do you know ??

delly7 (author)2010-01-29

I am choosing my options soon, and I wanted to know if I want to be a translator would I have to take triple language or just 2 languages of my own choice?

csh7 (author)2009-03-20

This is the crapest day ever!!!!!!!! My school SUCKS! I only get to pick TWO options for my GCSEs and i am soooo mad about it!

yerjoking (author)2009-01-18

I chose a few options around 3 days ago, it was just a small sheet, not the larger one, I chose Music (instruments, preferably guitar), double woodwork/metalwork, and history, and I find this instructable appealing and helpful, stars from me!

Baron A (author)yerjoking2009-01-31

Thanks man.

The Jamalam (author)2008-08-03

in the uk, they are secondary schools, not high scools

kate_27 (author)The Jamalam2008-09-21

For us, they called it High school because secondry school didnt sound right! And im in the UK. How many oprions was everyone else abled to pick? We could only pick 4. I picked Art, French, German and Drama. Wish I could of had more. (too many cores though! >:@)

The Jamalam (author)kate_272008-09-21

in my school, you do 4 too. there are a couple of ppl who do 5, but i think you have to teach yourself one though.

yerjoking (author)The Jamalam2009-01-18

In my school I think we have around 6 to choose, Iunno properly yet though.

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