The Science Council has published this very sensible advice to help with choosing subjects.  Among the ideas are:

  • Visiting to see where your child’s subject choices could take them. Get them to have a go at the ‘What Might You Be?’ game.
  • Encouraging your child to talk to people they know (family, friends and neighbours) about their subject choices and career paths.
  • Encouraging your child to talk to teachers of the subjects they are interested in to get a feel for what the course content will be for particular subjects, particularly at A level standard. Teachers may also be able to advise on resources and sources of information out about Maths and Science related careers.
  • They might enjoy going to talks and events held by local societies or museums and galleries or  the big annual science festivals like the British Science Festival and The Big Bang Fair. Also, events throughout the UK during National Science & Engineering week.
  • Ensuring your child is making the most of the careers room at school, alongside other school resources, the web, and local library. Useful web sites include:

Future Morph
Hidden Science Map
National Careers Service
Tomorrows Engineers
WISE – Women into Science, Engineering & Construction
Maths Careers
Learn Chemistry