Publication - Research and analysis

Young People in Scotland Survey 2019 - course choice in senior phase: report

Published: 11 Dec 2020
From:
Director-General Education and Justice
Directorate:
Learning Directorate
Part of:
Education
ISBN:
9781800044456

A report on the findings from the Young People in Scotland survey that focuses on course choice in the senior phase.

Young People in Scotland Survey 2019 - course choice in senior phase: report
7. Annex

7. Annex

7.1 What reasons do you think will be most important for you in choosing your subjects/courses for the Senior Phase? (All)

Table A.1 - Reasons for Course Choice by All Pupils
Response Total from All Pupils
Enjoying a subject 39%
Needing to do a subject to get into college or university 32%
Needing to do a subject to get the kind of job I want 30%
Needing to do a subject for what I want to study further up in school 26%
My parents advising me to study a subject 24%
Teachers advising me to study a subject 11%
Liking teachers for a subject 7%
To fit my timetable / other subject(s) did not fit timetable 6%
Friends choosing this subject 4%
It being different from the subjects I've done before in school 2%
Other 3%
Don't know 19%
Prefer not to say 5%
Table A.2 - Reasons for Course Choices by Stage
Stage S1 S2 S3 S4 S5 S6
Enjoying a subject 29% 28% 38% 41% 53% 59%
Needing to do a subject to get into college or university 20% 24% 30% 38% 39% 53%
Needing to do a subject to get the kind of job I want 24% 27% 33% 30% 39% 36%
Needing to do a subject for what I want to study further up in school 16% 28% 27% 28% 34% 31%
My parents advising me to study a subject 24% 31% 29% 22% 20% 16%
Teachers advising me to study a subject 9% 12% 11% 13% 13% 10%
Liking teachers for a subject 5% 6% 6% 9% 10% 7%
To fit my timetable / other subject(s) did not fit timetable 3% 3% * 6% 15% 12%
Friends choosing this subject 5% 2% 4% 3% 4% 6%
It being different from the subjects I've done before in school 2% * * 2% * 4%
Other 3% * * 2% * *
Don't know 31% 26% 23% 13% 7% 7%
Prefer not to say 7% 4% 4% 5% * *

* denotes where the number of pupils is between 1 and 4 inclusive or where if shown, it would be possible to calculate other values to be less than 5

Table A.3 - Reasons for Course Choice by Urban/Rural
Urban/Rural Urban Rural
Enjoying a subject 38% 43%
Needing to do a subject to get into college or university 32% 34%
Needing to do a subject to get the kind of job I want 30% 31%
Needing to do a subject for what I want to study further up in school 26% 26%
My parents advising me to study a subject 25% 21%
Teachers advising me to study a subject 12% 11%
Liking teachers for a subject 7% 8%
To fit my timetable / other subject(s) did not fit timetable 6% 7%
Friends choosing this subject 4% 4%
It being different from the subjects I've done before in school 2% 2%
Other 1% 2%
Don't know 19% 20%
Prefer not to say 5% 5%
Table A.4 - Reasons for Course Choice by SIMD
SIMD 1 (most deprived) 2 3 4 5 (least deprived)
Enjoying a subject 31% 31% 44% 43% 45%
Needing to do a subject to get into college or university 25% 26% 36% 39% 34%
Needing to do a subject to get the kind of job I want 26% 26% 33% 38% 28%
Needing to do a subject for what I want to study further up in school 22% 22% 28% 34% 26%
My parents advising me to study a subject 33% 19% 17% 26% 26%
Teachers advising me to study a subject 15% 9% 12% 10% 11%
Liking teachers for a subject 6% 7% 7% 7% 6%
To fit my timetable / other subject(s) did not fit timetable 4% 5% 7% 8% 5%
Friends choosing this subject 4% 2% 6% 4% 2%
It being different from the subjects I've done before in school * * 3% 2% 1%
Other * * 2% * *
Don't know 21% 27% 15% * *
Prefer not to say 4% 7% 5% 4% 3%

* denotes where the number of pupils is between 1 and 4 inclusive or where if shown, it would be possible to calculate other values to be less than 5

Table A.5 - Reasons for Course Choice by Gender
Gender Male Female In another way Prefer not to say
Enjoying a subject 39% 40% * *
Needing to do a subject to get into college or university 24% 41% * *
Needing to do a subject to get the kind of job I want 26% 35% 20% 21%
Needing to do a subject for what I want to study further up in school 21% 33% * *
My parents advising me to study a subject 26% 23% * *
Teachers advising me to study a subject 14% 10% * *
Liking teachers for a subject 6% 7% * *
To fit my timetable / other subject(s) did not fit timetable 5% 6% * *
Friends choosing this subject 5% 3% * *
It being different from the subjects I've done before in school 2% 2% * *
Other 2% 1% * *
Don't know 20% 18% 21% 25%
Prefer not to say 5% * * 41%

* denotes where the number of pupils is between 1 and 4 inclusive or where if shown, it would be possible to calculate other values to be less than 5

7.2 What guidance, if any, have you received in selecting your courses/subjects for the Senior Phase?

Table A.6 - Guidance Received by All Pupils
Response Total from All Pupils
Any guidance 54%
Class teachers 25%
Pastoral care/Guidance teachers in my school 22%
My own research (e.g. googling, social media) 14%
Career Advisers 14%
Personal Social Education at school 14%
My World of Work website 10%
Option assembly at school 9%
Careers Evening at my school 7%
A mentor in my school 4%
Attending careers fairs 4%
Employer presentation 2%
Other websites 2%
Other 3%
I have not received any guidance 10%
Don't know 30%
Prefer not to say 6%
Table A.7 - Guidance Received by Stage
Stage S1 S2 S3 S4 S5 S6
Any guidance 25% 40% 52% 66% 76% 87%
Class teachers 10% 16% 21% 30% 36% 53%
Pastoral care/Guidance teachers in my school 9% 15% 20% 27% 34% 41%
My own research (e.g. googling, social media) 4% 9% 11% 18% 22% 34%
Career Advisers 4% 9% 11% 21% 21% 21%
Personal Social Education at school 7% 8% 13% 15% 15% 30%
My World of Work website 4% 7% 11% 16% 14% 12%
Option assembly at school 3% 5% 9% 12% 11% 21%
Careers Evening at my school * * 5% 9% 10% 18%
A mentor in my school * * 4% 4% 5% 6%
Attending careers fairs * * 5% 2% 6% 8%
Employer presentation 2% 2% 2% 2% * *
Other websites * 2% 3% 2% 2% *
Other 2% 4% 4% 2% * *
I have not received any guidance 18% 14% 10% 6% 4% 5%
Don't know 48% 42% 31% 22% 16% 7%
Prefer not to say 8% 5% 7% 6% * *

* denotes where the number of pupils is between 1 and 4 inclusive or where if shown, it would be possible to calculate other values to be less than 5

Table A.8 - Guidance Received by Urban/Rural
Urban/Rural Urban Rural
Any guidance 55% 53%
Class teachers 25% 25%
Pastoral care/Guidance teachers in my school 23% 20%
My own research (e.g. googling, social media) 14% 17%
Career Advisers 13% 15%
Personal Social Education at school 14% 13%
My World of Work website 10% 13%
Option assembly at school 9% 9%
Careers Evening at my school 7% 8%
A mentor in my school 4% 3%
Attending careers fairs 3% 5%
Employer presentation 2% 3%
Other websites * *
Other * *
I have not received any guidance 10% 12%
Don't know 30% 29%
Prefer not to say 6% 5%

* denotes where the number of pupils is between 1 and 4 inclusive or where if shown, it would be possible to calculate other values to be less than 5

Table A.9 - Guidance Received by SIMD
SIMD 1 (most deprived) 2 3 4 5 (least deprived)
Any guidance 53% 44% 58% 61% 55%
Class teachers 29% 20% 28% 25% 23%
Pastoral care/Guidance teachers in my school 21% 17% 22% 24% 28%
My own research (e.g. googling, social media) 10% 12% 17% 15% 17%
Career Advisers 10% 8% 16% 17% 18%
Personal Social Education at school 9% 10% 14% 17% 17%
My World of Work website 7% 7% 16% 10% 12%
Option assembly at school 8% 7% 12% 10% 8%
Careers Evening at my school 6% 5% 8% 7% 8%
A mentor in my school 7% 4% 4% 4% 2%
Attending careers fairs 2% 2% 5% 4% 5%
Employer presentation * * 4% 2% 2%
Other websites * * 3% * *
Other 3% 3% 2% * *
I have not received any guidance 11% 9% 9% 12% 9%
Don't know 30% 38% 27% 22% 30%
Prefer not to say 6% 8% 5% 5% 6%

* denotes where the number of pupils is between 1 and 4 inclusive or where if shown, it would be possible to calculate other values to be less than 5

Table A.10 - Guidance Received by Gender
Gender Male Female In another way Prefer not to say
Any guidance 53% 57% * *
Class teachers 23% 28% * *
Pastoral care/Guidance teachers in my school 22% 24% * *
My own research (e.g. googling, social media) 14% 15% * *
Career Advisers 13% 15% * *
Personal Social Education at school 13% 14% * *
My World of Work website 10% 12% * *
Option assembly at school 9% 10% * *
Careers Evening at my school 6% 7% * *
A mentor in my school 4% 4% 24%
Attending careers fairs 4% 4% 2%
Employer presentation 2% 2%
Other websites 2% 2%
Other 2% 3% * *
I have not received any guidance 10% 10% * *
Don't know 30% 28% 28% 46%
Prefer not to say 7% 4% * *

* denotes where the number of pupils is between 1 and 4 inclusive or where if shown, it would be possible to calculate other values to be less than 5


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