In Yr 10? Get prepared for uni

Choosing subjects for Year 12

It is important to start thinking about university when you’re in Year 10, so you can make the right subject choices for Years 11 and 12. Some UOW degrees ask for prior knowledge, or what we call ‘assumed knowledge’ so by picking the right subjects for your study area, your options will remain wide open. It is also important to choose subjects that you are good at and interested in.

Choose subjects you are interested in

If you are uncertain about what subjects you are doing, choose the things that you enjoy and that interest you. Remember that these are your choices. Regardless of what you hear about scaling, or ‘easy subjects’ your success in any subject depends on your commitment and enthusiasm. It really is all up to you.

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Ask around

It is a great idea to talk through your different options with people you trust and who have your best interests at heart. Your family and friends are the people who know you best. They might be able to point out aspects of your personality that will help you picture yourself in a certain field (or, just as importantly, not in a certain field!)

Careers Advisers and teachers may be able to help you identify options that you had not considered. In addition to the people who know you, it’s also good to speak with experts in the field you are interested in. Industry professionals or university staff can provide insights as to whether a study area may be right for you. Ask them about their job, visit them in their workplace or arrange work experience to see if it is a good fit for you. Remember that although these people may help you through the decision making process, the real decision comes down to you and what you are interested in. Do your research and don’t let yourself get talked into doing something you don’t really like.

Download our Future Finder brochure for more information about subject selection, choosing courses and what to consider when choosing a university.

UOW is here to help

If you have any questions there are a number of opportunities to have one-on-one conversations with us. These include:

  • Information Evenings – UOW holds a number of information evenings from May to July. For dates cities and venues, check our Future Students Event page
  • UOW Open Day – Come to our Open Day in August each year, and see why we love it here. More details to come.
  • Personalised Campus Tours (Wollongong campus) - These free campus tours are held every Friday except public holidays, at 10:30am and 2:30pm. The tours will to give you an idea of what it’s like to be a UOW student. Register for a campus tour on Future Student site.

You can also email your questions or simply call UOW on 1300 367 869 and speak with our Admission Advising team. They have a wealth of knowledge, and can answer just about any question you have about high student processes, applying and studying at UOW, and can even book you into events over the phone.

Last reviewed: 30 January, 2017