Selecting GCSE options in Year 8
In Years 9, 10 and 11, students follow a selection of GCSE courses that provide a balanced education and opportunities for career progression.
Students study several compulsory subjects such as, mathematics, English (language and literature), double award science (covering all the core elements of biology, chemistry and physics), physical education and social and religious studies. In Year 8, students select these options following the subject fair.
To enable students develop areas of interest, they select six choices, four of which are allocated according to the best fit for the timetable. Option subjects selected should be guided by identified career areas or intentions to continue study at A level. Many students will not yet have decided on a specific career and should select options that provide a range of choices for the future.
The options process for Year 8 students begins late in the spring term.