Year 8 Options

During the spring term students will be choosing which subjects they will study at Key Stage 4; this consists of the Year 9 transition year, followed by GCSE/Level 2 courses in Years 10 and 11. The Year 9 transition year is designed to best prepare students to study the GCSE curriculum in all of their subjects. Students will study complementary material and content that is outside of the GCSE specifications in order for them to have a broader and deeper understanding of the subject. They will develop prerequisite skills and acquire new knowledge that will help them access their GCSE courses. Students will start studying their GCSE courses in Year 10 and take the final examinations in Year 11.

The curriculum model allows students to choose 4 subjects in addition to the core curriculum of Maths, English, Science, PE and PSHRE lessons. Our aim is to ensure that every student has a good breadth of study and has the greatest options available in readiness for Post-16 education, training, or employment. This is why we insist that students follow the academic EBacc pathway. Alongside the core curriculum, students will choose a humanity subject (history or geography) and a language (French or German). Studying at least one language is important as there is increasingly more evidence that employers are looking for competence in languages in today's globalised world. Studying at least one humanity subject provides cross-curricular skills, such as essay writing, which are vitally important preparation for A Level courses, employment and university courses. The rest of the students’ timetable will comprise of their options choices. Some of the subjects offered in Year 9 will be new and have not been studied before. Many others will be familiar to students from their study in Key Stage 3.


For further information about the Year 8 option process, please access this short presentation.



Detailed information about the curriculum and option process can be accessed here: Year 8 Options Booklet 2022



The GCSE curriculum was reformed in 2015. The short presentation below highlights some of the key features about these reforms and explains the new 9-1 grading system.



Below you will find a small collection of interactive presentations for you to investigate further. These are just a sample of the courses on offer to our students at Key Stage 4 and we hope that they stir up interests and passions to find out more. Students can and should approach subject teachers at school with any further questions relating to individual courses. Heads of Department and subject staff are looking forward to welcoming you to our ‘Future Choices’ evening on Thursday 17th February 2022 6-8pm here at school.

 *Please note these are the courses that we currently run in Key Stage 4 and as we continually look to improve and review our curriculum, specification and exam boards could be changed before your son or daughter is in Year 10. 

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