Options Process

Choosing the subjects you would like to study in years 9-11 is a really exciting time in your education.  You may already know what you want to do when you are older, so will have a really clear idea of the courses you wish to take and how they will help you towards your chosen career. Alternatively, you might not know exactly what you want to do in the future yet; in which case you will need to consider courses that will offer you a wide range of skills and qualifications so that you can access as many different opportunities later on in life. It’s also really important in both scenarios that you choose to study subjects that interest and challenge you so that you really enjoy your learning in years 9-11.

There have been lots of changes in education in the last few years that affect the courses studied at KS4. Changes to exam specifications; changes to the grading system and changes to the expectations that post-16 colleges have in terms of their admissions requirements. All of these will be explained in the next few pages so you will be fully informed before you start your decision making.  Remember, your GCSEs are vital for preparing you for your next steps, whether that be college, an apprenticeship, university or employment.

Alongside reading the booklet below you have the opportunity to watch number of videos on the core subjects you will continue to study in years 9- 11 and on those subjects that you may choose to study (option subjects).  Please take the time to read through the pages in this booklet on those subjects you are interested in studying at KS4.

If you have any questions about any of the courses that haven’t been answered in the videos or booklet, please attend one of our remote Q&A sessions with our Heads of Department.

As mentioned in the introductory video, you will need to make a 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th choice for the two option subjects you would like to study because some courses may not be able to run if not enough students choose them and some may be oversubscribed, so your 3rd and 4th choices are extremely important.  Please also note that you are only allowed to study one from the following combinations of subjects as they are the same course discount code:

  • Art and Design
  • Performing Arts
  • Computing & Creative iMedia
  • Sports Studies & PE

It is really important that you ask your teachers lots of questions about studying their subjects at GCSE.  They are the experts and will be very happy to give you lots of advice and guidance.

Victoria Griffin

Senior Deputy Head (Quality of Education)


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Options Booklet 2022

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Kealey Sherwood, Headteacher