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Year 9 Options

As a successful and ambitious school, we are proud to offer an exceptional curriculum with the learning experiences and opportunities for your child to grow and develop effectively. We want all our students to be excited and passionate about their learning, to think critically and creatively about their subjects and to finish Year 11 with a broad and balanced set of knowledge and skills that will be useful to them in their next steps in education and for life.

This page is to support students and their parents and carers through the options process. Please click on the KS4 Curriculum and Options Guide as a starting point. You will find links below to the subject pages, which will provide you with lots of information about the courses on offer. To contact a Subject Leader, please use the ‘Subject Leaders contact details’ section at the bottom of this webpage.

Click here for the KS4 Curriculum and Options Guidance 2022

Click here for KS4 Options FAQs 2022

Core Curriculum

The Core Curriculum constitutes the elements of the school curriculum that all students must study. These subjects are not optional. Examined subjects will lead to one or more GCSE qualifications, while the non-examined subjects will not lead to a qualification, but form an important part of our students’ personal development.

The subjects that form the core curriculum are shown in the table below. You can find more specific information about what students learn in each subject, by clicking on the subject name.

Subject

Examined

 

Qualifications

Number of lessons per fortnight

English

 

GCSE English Language

GCSE English Literature

10

Mathematics

 

GCSE Mathematics 

7
Science

GCSE Combined Science

(worth 2 GCSEs)

9

Core Philosophy, Religion and Ethics

 

1 (plus approx. 0.5 via Tutorial)
Core Physical Education 3
Personal, Social and Health Education Approx. 0.5 via Tutorial
Careers Education Approx. 0.5 via Tutorial

Guided Options Curriculum

As well as the Core Curriculum of English, Maths and Science GCSEs, students will need to select other courses based on their personal preferences and our guidance. These are known as the guided options.

Our guided options are offered through a pathway structure. Students will receive an individual letter with the pathway considered most appropriate for them along with the groups of courses available on that pathway. We will distribute this letter in early January. A student’s pathways will be either Blue or Yellow.

Blue Pathway

Core curriculum: As above plus either GCSE French, GCSE German or GCSE Spanish (whichever language has been studied in Year 9)

One humanities subject: GCSE Geography or GCSE History

Options subjects: Students may select two options from the table below.  So that all students follow a broad and balanced curriculum, students are allowed to study no more than two subjects in any group.

Creative Design and Technology Health Humanities and Business Additional Languages

GCSE Art or 

GCSE Photography

 

GCSE Drama or

BTEC Tech Award Performing Arts (Acting)

 

GCSE Dance

 

GCSE Media Studies

 

GCSE Music or

BTEC Music Technology

GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition

 

GCSE Design and Technology or

GCSE Textiles or 

Cambridge National in Engineering Design Level 2

Cambridge National in Health and Social Care

 

GCSE Physical Education

 

GCSE Separate Sciences

GCSE Business Studies or
Cambridge National in Enterprise and Marketing

 

GCSE Computer Science 

or Cambridge National in Game Development

 

GCSE Geography

 

GCSE History

 

GCSE Religious Studies

GCSE French

 

GCSE German

 

GCSE Spanish

 

Yellow Pathway

Core curriculum: As above

One subject from the following: GCSE Computer Science, GCSE French, GCSE German, GCSE Geography or GCSE History

Options subjects: Students may select three options from the table below. So that all students follow a broad and balanced curriculum, students are allowed to study no more than two subjects in any group.

Creative Design and Technology Health Humanities and Business Practical Learning Opportunities

GCSE Art or 

GCSE Photography

 

GCSE Drama or

BTEC Tech Award Performing Arts (Acting)

 

GCSE Dance

 

GCSE Media Studies

 

GCSE Music or

BTEC Music Technology

GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition

 

GCSE Design and Technology or

GCSE Textiles or

Cambridge National in Engineering Design Level 2

Cambridge National in Health and Social Care

 

GCSE Physical Education

 

GCSE Separate Sciences

GCSE Business Studies or 

Cambridge National in Enterprise and Marketing

 

GCSE Computer Science or Cambridge National in Game Development

 

GCSE Geography

 

GCSE History

 

GCSE Religious Studies

For discussion with the student's Year Leader