Where do I start?
In Year 8 or Year 9 you will be making choices about what kind of courses and which subjects to study for the next 2-3 years.
This will probably be the biggest decision you've made about your future so far, but don't worry - you can get lots of help and advice.
You will need to choose which GCSE subjects you want to take and depending on what your school offers, you may have a choice of other courses as well.
It's not just about GCSEs. You may also be able to do work-related courses such as an NVQ or other vocational courses such as BTEC's.
This might mean that you go to another school, college or a training provider for one or two days a week.
How can I find out more about what choices I have at my school?
Schools usually produce an options booklet for Year 8/9 students which gives you information on what subjects you can choose from.
Make sure you get a copy and read through it carefully.
You might also find this information on your school's website.