SHS Courses in Ghana, Their Subjects & Job Opportunities

Is your ward making their way to Senior High School soon, and you’re considering selecting a course that best fits their abilities? You are at the right place. We have a list of all the courses offered at all high schools in Ghana and career pathways that your ward can follow after school.

Choosing the right course for your ward is very important because that will determine what they will be in the future. It will also contribute to how well they do in their studies while still in school. Do not allow your child to study a course for studying its sake.

Look out for their strengths and weaknesses and put a balance between the two to choose subjects that would favor your child’s learning abilities.


Out of all the subjects available under a particular course, only four can be chosen to be studied. Some subjects cannot be paired with others for specific reasons.

For instance, French and Twi cannot be learned together because they are both languages neither can literature, government, and Christian religious studies be studied together because they are all reading subjects and may conflict with each other. Thankfully, some schools already categorize their subjects, making it easier to choose.

Check out the courses and subjects below;

General Arts

General Arts surround a wide range of creative expression and cultural participation. Many of the subjects are reading subjects. Hence, if your ward loves to read and write,, general art is a good choice.


  • Literature in English
  • Christian Religious Studies
  • Government
  • French
  • Ghanaian Language
  • Fante
  • Twi
  • Elective Mathematics
  • History
  • Elective Physics
  • Elective ICT
  • Economics
  • Geography

Studying General Arts offers a broad career path. Your ward is not limited to one thing. Depending on what they take more seriously or find passion in, they can do well in finding a career out of it.

Career pathway General Arts Students;

Studying any of the subjects above can merit your ward a career in teaching, writing(books, articles, and more), journalism, law, and more.

Visual Arts

Visual arts involve studying various art forms, including painting, sculpture, graphic designing, and more. It is a good pick for young people who love or are art oriented.

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  • General Knowledge in Art
  • Textile
  • Picture Making
  • Ceramics and Sculpture
  • Graphic Design
  • Leather Work
  • Basketry
  • French

Career pathway for Visual Arts Students

A visual arts student can become a filmmaker, tattooist, art director, Web designer, set designer, make-up artist, animator, photographer, fashion designer, and more.

Home Economics

Home economics involves human development, financial management, personal growth, food and nutrition, clothing, and apparel. Home Economics is perfect for young people passionate about helping themselves and the people around them in an empathetic and compassionate way.


  • Food and Nutrition
  • Clothing and Textiles
  • Management in Living
  • Elective Biology
  • Elective Chemistry
  • Economics

Career Opportunities

Your ward can be many things when they study Home Economics. They can become a teacher, a caterer, nutritionist, fashion designer, interior designer, caregivers, nurses, chefs, and many others.


Business as a course is the study of everything “binance” related, thus business and finance. Young people who are business-oriented can offer this course at senior high school to help them build on the natural knowledge they may have.


  • Business Management
  • Financial Accounting
  • Economics
  • Cost Accounting
  • Elective Mathematics
  • Elective ICT
  • French
  • Clerical Office Duties

Career Opportunites under Business Studies

We can all agree that studying the subjects under business has helped many people to become many things. Career opportunities abound. Your ward can become a business adviser or entrepreneur and get roles in human resources and public relations, among others.

General Science

General science provides a comprehensive look into chemistry, physics, and biology.


  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Elective Maths
  • Geography
  • Elective ICT (Computer Science)

Career Opportunities

We all know that general science provide a huge part in career development. Your ward can become a medical doctor, nurse, pharmacist, teacher, engineer, and many more. 

Core Subjects

The four core subjects before are compulsory for all students, and good grades guarantee you a place in some of the best universities in Ghana.

  • English Language
  • Integrated Science
  • Social Studies
  • Core Mathematics

Bottom line

Whatever course you choose for your ward, they have a career path they can follow once they’re actually good at what they’re studying. After senior high school, they can further study the subject they did best in.

Remember, keep your ward from reading a subject for reading it sake. Everything they study should fill a hole into all the knowledge they are trying to acquire. Get to know your ward today, reason with them regarding what They choose to do, advise them, and wait for what they would rather do.

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