28 - At what point do students choose specific subjects for their end of secondary certification? What happens exactly?

At the end of Year 8, students are asked to choose two (2) optional subjects on which they wish to specialise in the senior school.

There are various optional subjects which are offered amongst which one may include the following: Art, Biology, Business Studies, Computer Studies, Chemistry, Design and Technology, Engineering Technology, European Studies, Geography, Graphical Communications, Health and Social Care, History, Home Economics, Physical Education, Textile Studies,  and a foreign language. 

In some secondary schools, Ethics is also offered to those students who did not follow Religion lessons at Year 7 and Year 8.

In Years 9 - 11, besides two (2) of the above chosen optional subjects, students are taught a number of subjects, as follows: Maltese, English, English Literature, Maths, Religious Education, Social Studies, History, Geography, Physical Education, Physics, ICT, Personal and Social Development and a foreign language which was chosen at Year 7.

Vocational subjects have also been introduced in secondary schools. These subjects are directly related to the work place. Students will be assessed on the theory and even on the practical skills that they learn during the course. The vocational subjects offered by SEC in Malta are: Agribusiness, Health & Social Care, Engineering Technology, Hospitality and Information Technology.​