Welcome to our Virtual Year 8 Options Evening
Year 8 is an exciting and important year in your school career. This year you will make some decisions about the subjects you will study at GCSE level from September 2021.
The decisions you make could affect your future, so you must make your choices carefully and from an informed position. We will do all we can to help you with this so that you make the right choices for you.
We recommend you follow these steps:
- Watch the presentation below
- Read through all of the subject information in the links on the right-hand side of this page
- Speak to your teachers at Parents’ Evening on 25 February
- Complete and submit the options form at the bottom of this page by 1 March
The information provided is intended to guide you through the options choice process and to give you some of the information you will need to help you to decide what to do.
You should also consider any advice you get from others, such as:
- Your form tutor
- Careers staff
- Your subject teachers
- Parents and others in a position of responsibility
- Other materials published by subject departments and on careers websites.
You will find that you do not have complete freedom to choose all your subjects. Some are compulsory and some have an element of choice. However, there is sufficient choice available for you to personalise your curriculum to suit your strengths, your aspirations and your interests.
We need to know your options choices so that we can begin the lengthy planning process to make sure we have the staff and resources in place to teach the courses that you choose. We will do our best to accommodate everyone’s choices, although it is important to point out that occasionally we cannot provide the exact combination of subjects that you have chosen. This is caused by the practicalities of staffing, rooming and scheduling the timetable, and if it happens, we will contact you and discuss an alternative combination of subjects.
Your curriculum will lead you to GCSE qualifications and will be made up of two parts, or elements:
- The compulsory element
All students in years 9 to 11 follow courses which will lead to GCSE qualifications in:
- English Language
- English Literature
- Mathematics (students may take an extra qualification in either FSMQ – Additional Mathematics or GCSE – Further Mathematics)
- Biology, Chemistry and Physics
There are also compulsory non-examined courses in Games, RE, and Personal Development.
2. A further choice element (four subjects)
Pupils have four further subject choices from:
- Art and Design ∗
- Computer Science
- Design Technology – Food Preparation and Nutrition Δ
- French ∗ ♦
- Geography ∗
- Design Technology – Graphics ∗ Δ
- History ∗
- Music ∗
- Physical Education
- Religious Education
- Design Technology – Resistant Materials ∗ Δ
- Spanish ∗ ♦
∗ It is likely that you will need to choose this subject if you wish to study this subject at A-level.
♦ If choosing French or Spanish, pupils must already have been studying the same language in year 8.
Δ Due to the controlled assessment commitment of these courses, students can only choose one of these subjects.
Students are asked to make a reserve choice and whilst we will do everything we can to allocate all students to the subjects of their first four choices, this is not always possible. In the unlikely event of you not being allocated your first four choices we will use your reserve choice, so please make sure you are happy with that fifth option.
Please read all the information provided, be proactive and speak to all your teachers, then take time to reflect honestly on your interest for and ability in each subject, alongside any future aspirations, and make an informed, personal choice.
Click the link below to choose and submit your option choices by 1 March.Choose your GCSE Options