KS4 Options Choices January 2022
The Options booklet can be found here: Options Booklet 2022
Thursday 20th January – virtual subject parents evening. This is an opportunity to talk with your child’s subject teachers about their progress an attainment. You will shortly be receiving a letter with details on how to make appointments.
Wednesday 26th January – options evening. You are invited into school where you will be given an options information booklet, be able to find out more about the courses on offer in Key Stage 4 from subject leads. The evening will run from 5.00 – 6.00 with a talk at 5.15pm (repeated at 6.00pm) regarding the options process.
Thursday 27th January - options form released.
Thursday 3rd February - deadline for option choices.
Please see our YouTube video for advice on each subject and what to expect.
GCSE English: 0.08 - 1.37
GCSE Maths: 1.38 - 4.12
GCSE Science: 4.13 - 8.50
GCSE Art, Craft & Design & GCSE 3D design: 8.51 - 16.10
GCSE Computing: 16.11 - 18.16
GCSE Drama: 18.17 - 20.17
GCSE French: 20.18 - 23.30
GCSE Geography: 23.31 - 25.08
GCSE History: 25.09 - 27.12
GCSE Music: 27.13 - 31.16
GCSE PE: 31.17 - 33.41
GCSE RE: 33.42 - 36.31
Please see our YouTube video for help choosing your options
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the core subjects? How do you get a total of 8 or 9 GCSEs?
All pupils must study English Literature, English Language, Maths and Science (double award). In addition to their 3 option choices, every pupil will study core (non-examination subjects) PE, RS and PSHE. This gives a total of 5 compulsory examination subjects and 3 option subjects = 8. If children opt for the triple science award that adds 1 GCSE = 9 in total.
If a student has strengths in humanities and the arts is there option to study these?
Yes, there are 3 Options choices, covering a variety of subjects, including humanities and arts subjects. We cannot remove the 5 compulsory subjects. All pupils must study English Literature, English Language, Maths and Science (double award).
The children picked some options last year, from Drama, Music and Computing. Are the options they pick now in addition to these?
The children may continue with the 2 subjects they chose in Year 9, if they wish. They must now select a total of 3 subjects.
What if you want to do all 3 humanities subjects?
We advise a broad and balanced curriculum. Talk to your humanities teachers and they will explain to you about the amount of writing and reading involved in these subjects and advise you to do a maximum of 2 humanities subjects.
For forensics investigation what options would you need to take?
You can find pathway guidance on the website https://www.ucas.com/ucas/after-gcses/find-career-ideas/explore-jobs . We also recommend the website https://www.firstcareers.co.uk/. It is important that for specific pathways students look directly at the career requirements and work backwards. A career in forensic science, for example, would require a degree in forensic science, or a degree in another science discipline with a postgraduate award in forensic science.
Is it possible to study 10 GCSEs including Triple Science?
No. Triple Science takes your core subjects up to 6 and you then have a further 3 option subjects to choose from. We made the decision to stick to 8 or 9 to allow you to score the highest grades.
How and when do they choose the options and fill up the form?
The options form will be released on Thursday 27th January via email. They click on the link in the email and complete the form online by Thursday 3rd February 2022.
Is it a first come first served basis for options?
No, the deadline for all children is 3rd February. We look at the choices and try to match with staffing and numbers.
How will the Guidance interviews happen?
Guidance interviews will take place following the options deadline. These interviews give the opportunity for the children to have a meeting with a senior member of staff to talk through their choices and future training/career plans, to check things and to ask questions.
What extra support can be provided in regards to learning in year 10 - eg if a child is struggling?
When we are fully open again, support will be available after school in Study Club, We have capacity at the moment to offer additional literacy and numeracy support where needed and we hope to continue with this into 2021-22. Pupils with additional learning needs will be supported through their SEND provision and with support from the Inclusion team. Any needs identified by teachers will be discussed with the Inclusion team and with parents to plan for support accordingly.