Year 9 Options
In the Spring term of Year 9 students are provided with the opportunity to select their options for Key Stage 4 and GCSE courses for Years 10 and 11.
An information evening is provided for students and parents and a comprehensive guide is issued on the options available.
There are some elements of the Key Stage 4 curriculum that are compulsory; students do not get a choice, ie everyone studies English, Mathematics and Science. Students are set by ability for these subjects which in most cases lead to 5 GCSE passes: English Language, English Literature, Mathematics and a Double Science award.
All students also follow a Religious Education course. This is what is called a ‘short course’ and leads to a ‘half’ GCSE pass. To complete the compulsory element of the curriculum there are two non-examinable subjects: Physical Education looking after the well-being of the body and Lifeskills looking after the preparation for life beyond school.
The compulsory elements of the curriculum will take up half of the time available for each cycle of the timetable which runs over two weeks. To fill up the remainder of the timetable, students are asked to choose from five blocks of subjects. Students end up following one subject from each block but the College cannot guarantee that all students will be able to follow their first choice although we do make strenuous efforts to meet preferences where we possibly can.