Year 9 GCSE Options

Wondering which GCSEs, you should take?

To help you decide what to study in Years 10 and 11, start by asking yourself what you enjoy doing and what you're good at.

Think about:

  • what you’re interested in: it could be other cultures and languages, writing projects, helping people, being outdoors or designing things
  • what types of activity you enjoy most - working things out and thinking them through, practical activities or artistic options like painting, drawing, or performing music
  • what you're like at home, as well as in school - what skills have you developed following outside interests?

There are some subjects so important that everyone must take them, but you still have options in Year 9. If you have a firm career idea, research it, and choose your options accordingly. Remember, no qualification is ever wasted. You don’t have to have a career in mind at this stage – you just need to choose subjects and courses that will give you plenty of choice later. Choose subjects that you enjoy!


Year 9 Options Evening and Parents’ Evening


As you are aware, we took the decision to postpone our options evening and parents’ evening in light of the COVID restrictions at the time and to allow our pupils to study their Key Stage 3 subjects for as long as possible before making these important decisions. 
We are pleased to inform you of the new dates for these two events which will both support you and your child when making their choices about the course they wish to study at Key Stage 4 (GCSEs).


Thursday 10 March - Options Evening in school 6:00pm to 8:00pm. 

This will involve a presentation in the school hall about the options process and progression routes into further education and training to all parents and pupils, followed by a carousel of 20 minute subject presentations for parents and pupils to attend.

Main presentation: School Hall 6:00pm prompt start
Subject presentations: 6:25pm, 6:50pm, 7:15pm & 7:40pm
Ms Cottam, our careers advisor, and Ms Evans our SENDCO will also be available on the evening.

Subject Room
Art and Design A1
French D2
Enterprise / Creative iMedia D9
Geography D1
History D5
Hospitality and Catering / Design Technology A3
Music A4
Performing Arts A5
Science A7
Sports Studies A8
Travel and Tourism D8

The Heads of Departments for Maths and English will also be available to answer any questions regarding these important core subjects in A2. 


Thursday 17 March - Year 9 Parents’ Evening on School Cloud 4:00pm to 7:00pm.

This provides you with a final opportunity to discuss your child’s academic progress to date and ask any follow up questions regarding KS4 study.


Monday 21 March - Deadline for options forms to be submitted by pupils 3:05pm.

Where can I get help and advice?

The choices are yours, but there is plenty of advice in the links below so you can do as much research for yourself. Parents, carers, family and teachers probably know you best, so talking to them can help you what might suit you. Ms Cottam, our Careers Advisor can guide you towards advice about which subjects and qualifications are useful for particular careers.


Useful websites to help you start thinking about your options:

Careerometer: Careerometer compares jobs by salary, working hours and employment prospects.

Bitesize: Explore all Bitesize Careers' job profiles by specific school subjects to find out about jobs, training and top tips. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

Quick guide: Picking your GCSE options is an exciting time. Here's a quick guide about compulsory subjects, what you can choose, and more to help you make your decision.

Keep an eye on this page for updates!


Year 9 Options Information

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