Subjects M-Z

Subject You learn about... You develop skills in... Career options

How products are designed and made; the impact of modern technology.


Double, single or applied?

Manufacturing is a double subject vocational GCSE.

Planning; decision making; problem solving; working to a specification; working in a team; working safely. This could lead to jobs in manufacturing or production management, supervisor/team leader, quality control, baking, the food industry, print and packaging.
Modern Foreign Languages How to speak, read and write in another language; life in another country. Using the language; accurate listening; improving your memory; understanding grammar. Ability in languages might make you think of becoming a bilingual secretary, courier, interpreter or translator.  Other jobs where you use languages include international business, finance, diplomatic service, European Civil Service, travel and tourism, including air cabin crew, hotel and hospitality management and specialist legal work.
Performing Arts (including Music, Dance or Drama)  The technicalities of dance, drama or music and how to perform.  As well as performance skills you'll gain self-confidence, learn how to work in a team and how to criticise others constructively.  Musician, sound recording, instrument making, specialist librarian, DJ, dancer, choreographer, actor, make-up artist, stage manager, arts administrator, singer.  Learning to present in front of an audience is useful in careers like teaching, training, public relations and marketing. 
Physical Education Four different sporting activities; how to judge your own performance and assess others; sports science; sport in society. In your chosen sports. Planning; evaluating performance; working in a team and supporting others. Enjoying physical education might lead you to becoming a leisure centre assistant/manager, outdoor activities instructor, PE teacher, sports coach or professional sports person.  It might also help if you want to join the forces, the police or fire service.
Religious Studies The beliefs, values and practices of different religions. Understanding of others, what they believe and how they behave.  You'll also develop communication skills like reading, writing and listening. If you like religious studies you might enjoy work where you need to understand people - jobs like counsellor, social worker, adviser, community worker, youth work, volunteer work organiser, charities administrator.

Find out about Maths and Science at the Required Subjects page.