Choosing the Right Course for You

When Making Your Choices

Be Realistic!

Do not think that:

  • Your study habits will miraculously change over the holidays;
  • You have always hated Humanities and Social Sciences, but next year you are going to love Geography;
  • You can ignore your past results in courses you intend to continue with next year;
  • You will be able to manage and like a course that someone else has chosen for you;
  • You will like a course because your best friend is doing it;
  • You should choose a course because you think a particular teacher will be teaching it;
  • You should choose a course because you have heard it is easy;
  • You don’t have to bother to think now because you can always change your mind later;
  • You hate chemistry but because it is a prerequisite for your chosen career everything will be ok; or that
  • You can ignore entry requirements and kid yourself that you will cross that bridge later.

Further Study Options

Consider your further study options. Does your career or area of vocational interest require further study or training at University or TAFE / STP or Private Training Provider, or as a part of a new Apprenticeship/traineeship?

If your desired career requires University entrance, then make sure that you choose the appropriate combination of WACE Courses to meet any specific post school course prerequisites.

If your career goal requires the study of a TAFE award course then you must check the specific Selection Criteria for the relevant Course.

If no further study is required for your desired career then you will still need to check and see if any particular subjects are preferred by employers. This information can be obtained on the online Job Guide or by contacting prospective employers directly. If there are no particular subject requirements, then it would be worthwhile to choose some Courses which will prove relevant to your desired career. 


You must be realistic when choosing Courses. There is no point in choosing Courses that are beyond your ability. As important as it is to choose Courses that will allow entry into your choice of career, you must also choose Courses in which you will have a realistic chance of success.  There are a number of indicators that you can make use of in assessing how you will cope with certain Senior School Courses:

  • Your performance in Lower School is the best indicator of how you will perform in Senior School;
  • Your performance in the Year 9 NAPLAN tests can be a good indicator or how you will cope with the literacy and numeracy requirements of all Senior School Courses;
  • It has been shown that there is a relationship between performance in relevant Lower School subjects and performance in the related Senior School Courses; and
  • Many Senior School courses require a certain level of background knowledge. It has been shown that students without this background struggle to achieve reasonable results.

Students who choose to study ATAR Courses in Senior School, with the intention of applying for university entrance, need to achieve the higher levels in relevant Lower School Courses. If this is not the case then passes are possible in Senior School courses but results may not be sufficient to gain entry to university.

Carine SHS staff will recommend Courses they feel are appropriate to each student’s ability.

If this information raises doubts about your intended direction or ability to cope with particular courses, you should discuss the matter with teachers, the Academic Performance Manager, or Senior School Associate Principal.