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Doodle Nandi

Doodle Nandi is a content editor for Hotcourses India- an IDP company, and helps write articles that help students with their study abroad journey.


02 Jun 2017 32.2K Book icon 4 mins Share

Which stream to choose after 10th that will help you study abroad after high school?

Worried about which stream to choose after 10th so that you can pave the way to study abroad for your bachelors or masters, after your high school? Get a comprehensive idea from us and stop worrying.

02 Jun 2017 32.2K Book icon 4 mins Share
Doodle Nandi

Doodle Nandi is a content editor for Hotcourses India- an IDP company, and helps write articles that help students with their study abroad journey.


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Which stream to choose after 10th grade?

The 10th grade results are out and they have created a buzz all around. You had really worked hard day in and day out and finally you achieved what you deserved best. The results define your goals and your clear-thinking attitude. So have you thought of your next steps? Which stream to choose after 10th ICSE/CBSE? I’ll pose the famous question – Science, Commerce or Arts? What’s your call?

Every stream has its own charm and value. Some people may stereotype, saying Science always has an upper hand on Commerce or Arts, whereas some others might defend the statement, saying Arts is for artists and deep thinkers and Commerce is for analytical brainers.

In this article, I’ve tried to give a comprehensive overview of the importance of any field that you might choose after your 10th grade, and which could help you plan your bachelors or masters abroad.

However, we’re not saying you have to start thinking for your bachelors or masters abroad, early on, from 11th grade. You can always plan for it, once you finish high school. But the idea is to take a proactive initiative and see where you want to go.

But before we begin, I would like to advise that never choose a course because your parents or guardian are forcing it down on you or your neighbour aunty’s son has suggested it since he thinks it’s a job-oriented subject or your friends are keen on selecting that subject so that you can all stick together for life – it never happens!

So, let’s start...

1. Career opportunities abroad if you choose Science after 10th:

If you have a passion and patience for Science, then you can go for it.

After 10th grade, Science is usually categorised into – pure and basic science. Pure Science includes Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics (i.e., PCM). Sometimes PCM includes Biology as well and is known as PCMB. And Basic Science includes Physics, Chemistry and Biology (i.e., PCB).

  • PCB  –  can lead to non-professional degrees like bachelors or masters in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Botany, Zoology, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Biotechnology, Microbiology, Molecular biology and Sociology. A masters (MSc) degree can lead to a PhD.
  • PCM/PCMB  – can lead to professional degrees like bachelors (BE/B.Tech) or masters in Biotechnology, Bioinformatics, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, B.Pharm, Aerospace Engineering and so on. A masters (ME/M.Tech) degree can lead to a PhD.

Some popular courses in Science available abroad:

If you nail down each subject further, you’ll find a lot of variations; say if you want to pursue masters in Mechanical Engineering from CQ University, Australia, you’ll find that they have two variations, that is, Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma in Asset and Maintenance Management.

If you want to study bachelors in Telecommunications at the Birmingham City University, you’ll find variations like Telecommunications and Networks Foundation and Broadcast and Communications Engineering (BEng Hons).

And if Computer Science is your forte, and if you want to study bachelors at the University of East London, you can choose from bachelors in Computer Game Development, Computer Game Design and Computing for Business BSc.

There are lot more examples like above; you need to browse our website for more details. You can also download university prospectuses.

2. Career opportunities abroad if you choose Commerce after 10th:

You can choose either Commerce with Economics or Commerce with Business after your 10th grade.

If you choose Commerce with Business, you will study the following subjects: Accounts, Finance, Business & Maths and Commerce. And choosing this course might help you to study BBA, B.Com or BA in Economics, CFA, CA, ICWA and CFP abroad.

There are students who take Science only to realise later in life that they could have been better off being an Accountant or a Banker. This word 'could have been’ will exist as long as goals are not clear and students don’t recognise their true potentials.

Related: What to study abroad after B.Com?

Some popular courses in Commerce available abroad:

At the University of Sydney, you can study Graduate Diploma in Commerce, Masters of Commerce with specialisation in Banking, Masters of Commerce with specialisation in Big Data in Business and so on.

The University of Queensland offers Masters of Commerce with specialisation in Applied Finance, Masters of Commerce with specialisation in Information Systems and Masters of Commerce with specialisation in Professional Accounting.

Find all undergraduate courses in Commerce abroad.

3. Career opportunities abroad if you choose Arts after 10th:

The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls – Pablo Picasso

Subjects like Humanities and Social Sciences are equally tough as any science subjects. Social Science students have to be on fields for days to create reports on various topics; say Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) issues.  

Just think – if nobody chooses to study WASH, then who would carry out the mission of granting open defecation (ODF) free status to some of the cities in India, under UN’s agenda for granting an ODF status to India by 2030.

Ideally, after 10th grade if you have to choose Arts, you will have several options such as English, History, Political Science, Geography, Literature, Economics, Public Administration, Social Science, Fine Arts and sometimes Math could be also considered as an Arts subject.

Check all undergraduate courses in Arts abroad.

Some of the popular courses in Arts available abroad:

Griffith College in Ireland offers BA in Design Communications, Fashion Design, Music Production, Film and Television Production and Higher Diploma in Arts in Drama Education.

Management Development Institute of Singapore offers BA Hons. in Fashion Marketing and Branding, BA in Liberal Studies with Mass Comm. And BA in Fashion Design.

The University of Surrey offers BA (Hons.) in Digital Media and Media Studies. Federation University Australia offers BA in Criminal Justice, BA in Education and BA in Fine Arts.

The Victoria University, Wellington, offers BA in Asian Studies, Criminology and Education & Psychology. It also offers masters in Applied Linguistics, Musical Arts and Fine Arts.

Choosing a career option at an early stage will have a long-lasting impact on what you do and where you go. If you are confused about the options available and keep hopping, then you might jeopardise your career. It’s better to always speak to someone who you think can confidently suggest some suitable options for you. But at the same time, you should learn to let go off the noise – the noise of society that tells you what to do at each step and feeds you what everyone else likes to be fed.

One thing to note here is that you should choose a career that interests and drives you and, most importantly, a career you have aptitude in. Your work, knowledge and, to a certain extent, luck will decide your ROI. 

Parents play a major role – parents must nurture the free-thinking ability of their child and let them choose a career that they think would stand them in good stead.

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