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Consider the following factors when choosing your subjects:

              ABILITY &  APTITUDES

               All students have different strengths - you might love Maths but not languages or perhaps you
               prefer more practical subjects.  Consider your abilities in the different subjects and choose subjects
               in which you are likely to get good grades.  You are also more likely to want to continue with these
               subjects when you leave school.

              INTEREST

               Choose subjects that you are genuinely interested in as you are much more likely to study those
               subjects and do well in them. Examples of this include singing/playing an instrument, drawing,
               writing essays, an interest in current affairs, the economy, travel, working out maths problems and
               being an avid reader.

              CAREER

               In addition to the core subjects (Irish, English, Maths) there are other subjects that are essential for
               some courses and careers. It is important to check out these subject requirements with a Guidance
               Counsellor or the course provider (see ‘do I need this subject?’ on page 4) and it is your
               responsibility to do this.

                               DO’S AND DON’TS –SOME TIPS FOR SUBJECT CHOICE

              Look at Subject Textbooks.
              Seek the advice of older pupils.
              Talk to your Guidance Counsellor.
              Talk to the Subject Teachers (listed at the back of this booklet).
              Consult with your Parents/Guardians.
              Do not choose subjects based on what your friends are choosing - there is no guarantee you will be
               in the same classes.  Similarly it is unwise to choose a subject solely because of who teaches it -
               again there is no guarantee you will have that teacher.
              Avoid choosing a subject solely because your sibling, older relatives or friends studied the subject-
               everyone has different interests, aptitudes and abilities!
              Don’t base your choices on the perceived workload / amount of homework and don’t listen to
               rumours and hearsay-trust yourself, you may be well able for the subject.
              Look up career websites (listed at back of this booklet), do some online interest tests- see careers
               portal, career directions, qualifax.
              Go to - useful tools - minimum subject requirements - leaving cert subjects to find
               out if a particular subject is required for Third Level courses.  This tool is particularly useful when
               considering science and language subjects.

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