Yr9 Options Programme



Year 9 Options Programme

In the Spring term, we begin the Year 9 Options Programme by issuing an information booklet for students and their parents to help them make the right choices for their GCSEs. We provide information about each subject we offer, the course code and further opportunities for each subject as students consider their post-16 education. Our aim is for KS4 students to study the number of GCSEs suitable to their academic ability and personal strengths. We offer the facility for students to take up to eight subjects. Students are encouraged to keep their choices as balanced and broad as possible.

All students are required to take GCSE English, Mathematics and Science as part of their core studies. They will also do PE/Games and PSHE.

They will then choose four options from the list below.

The options for the academic year 2023/2024 are:

  • Art & Design GCSE
  • Business Studies GCSE
  • Geography GCSE
  • History GCSE
  • Photography GCSE
  • Spanish GCSE
  • Performing Arts BTEC
  • Travel & Tourism BTEC
  • Sport BTEC

Occasionally there are students for whom the curriculum needs to be more bespoke.  When such a situation occurs, the school will discuss with subject staff and offer the student and parents the opportunity to follow a different programme.

Concerns regarding SEND and examination access arrangements, are reviewed with our SENCO/Examinations Officer.  Parents and students then have the opportunity to discuss specific subjects at the Year 9 options/parents’ evening in January with final decisions made by February half term.