How to Choose Subjects in Grade 10

One of the biggest decisions you need to make starts all the way in high school. But we are here to help. Learn How to Choose Subjects in Grade 10 here.

High School in its own right can be difficult. And choosing subjects can be difficult as well. But don’t worry. WE are here to help. Find out How to Choose Subjects in Grade 10, and take the first step into building the foundation of your career. 

Importance of Choosing Subjects in Grade 10

At the end of grade 9, you are given a list of subjects you need to choose from. You might think your educators are trying to throw you in the deep end. But choosing subjects is important for your education. These include:

Foundation of your career – The knowledge learned in school will lay the foundation for your career. You never really forget what you learn in school. So make it count and choose subjects that will benefit your career.

Aligns With the Courses you Will Study After School – If you want to study Accounting in college, then it might not be a good idea to study tourism. The knowledge learnt in high school will carry over to your course in college, so make sure they are aligned.

The Choice is Yours – This will be one of the first major decisions you make in terms of your education. Through the years, your subjects were chosen for you, so now you hold the responsibility of your future in your hands. Make the most of it.

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How to Choose Subjects in Grade 10

Not sure how to choose subjects in grade 10? Don’t worry, you’re not the only one. But luckily, we have a few guidelines you can follow that will help you make the right decision.

It all Starts With the School You’re in

If you are interested in specific subjects, like music or drama, you need to enrol in a school that offers these subjects. Some schools may offer them as extracurricular activities, but you won’t be assessed on them. So do research on high schools while you are still in primary school.

Focus on Your Strengths

Good at math? Choose Accounting. Mastered the art of planning trips? Choose Tourism. When choosing subjects, make sure to focus on your strengths. Taking subjects you are good at will enhance your skills and knowledge. You’ll be an expert in your field in the future.

Keep Your Career in Mind

Just like you need to focus on your strengths, you need to to keep your career in mind as well. It makes no sense to choose subjects in a career you aren’t planning to pursue. Your journey is important, but your destination is the goal.

Things to Avoid When Choosing Courses

It goes without saying that there are many things that can go wrong when choosing a subject. If there wasn’t, choosing a subject will be a piece of cake. Things to avoid when choosing a subject includes:

Even if you love it, you might not be good at it – You may love cooking at home, but choosing hospitality might not be the right choice. Focus on what you’re good at, instead of what you love.

Your parents can’t choose your subjects – Mommy and daddy may know best, but they won’t be the ones writing the exam for you. Take their advice into account, but subject choices should be your decision. 

Follow your skills, not your friends – Do not choose subjects based on what your friends are choosing. You may not be good at it and end up failing while they progress. You can always spend time with them at break.

The teacher you avoid may be the teacher you need – We’ve all heard about that one teacher. Mean, nit-picky and gives poor grades. Don’t let that be your deciding factor. Do your best and your teacher will reward you for your work. They may even end up being your favorite teacher.

Eenie meenie miney mo – Do not choose your subjects on a whim. It should be thought out and be taken seriously. Don’t play eenie meenie miney mo with your education.

Can you Change Your Subjects?

Yes you can change your subjects in high school, but you and/or your high school teachers need to have a valid reason why you are making the change. For example, if there are too few students taking a certain subject, the school can take away the subject for the specific grade.

Will the New Subject Influence my Subject Choices?

In November 2020, it was announced that 13 new subjects will be added to the South African curriculum. However, these subjects will be added to grade 8 and 9 learners. So when you need to choose subjects, your choices won’t be affected by these changes.

Get a 10/10 When you Make the Right Choice

When you’ve made the right choice and chosen your subjects, you can always further your studies with us. We offer a range of courses, from matric to accredited courses. Study with a college that cares and reach your goals. Speak to one of our friendly course experts today for more info. You can:

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Last Updated: December 1, 2021


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Charnell Ward
Charnell Ward
Charnell is a top-class content creator at Skills Academy. She creates engaging content with the aim to provide useful information on distance learning and further study opportunities. Her passion for writing goes beyond her career, as she enjoys writing short stories and volunteering as a writer in her free time. View my LinkedIn profile