Which subject? Which career?

What are the links between subjects and courses and the job I might get in the future?

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There are a range of ways that your choice of subject or course can affect your career choice:

  • There are some careers that you will only be able to enter with a qualification in a specialist subject.  Many of these are professional level jobs and there are lots of examples in the care sector. For example, doctors must study medicine, dentists must study dentistry and the same applies to nursing. The simplest way to check if you will need to study a specific subject for a job is to go to our careers information section and check out the entry qualifications.
  • If you wish to go on to some further education college courses (e.g. BTEC National Diploma or A levels) or study at degree level you may be asked for some specific subject qualifications. For example, if you wish to study Chemistry at AS or A level you may be required to have a GCSE pass in the subject. This certainly does not apply to all subjects and there are many courses that can be studied without previous experience. Again, you need to check out any course entry requirements. If you need to find out more about any courses in Wales use our Courses in Wales course search.
  • Do you really enjoy a particular subject? Would you like to consider a career where that subject could come in useful? Our subjects and jobs table allows you to select a subject and look at a list of jobs where you could use your subject knowledge. You will still need to check the entry requirements for the jobs.
  • English and maths are the subjects most often required for courses and careers. Studying maths and english or keeping your skills in these areas up to date will improve your chances of gaining employment.

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