Curriculum

Options

This year is a very exciting time for our Year 9 students as they begin, probably for the first time, to consider what they may want to study over the next two years and beyond.

The options structure for current Year 9 pupils has been distributed and the Options booklet is available as a pdf below. Our Options Evening for Year 9 pupils, parents and carers takes place on Tuesday 13th March 2018.

For a good number of years now, the key performance indicator schools were judged on has been five or more A*-C grades including English and Maths.  The government has now introduced a series of new measures which has resulted in changes to the ways we are held accountable for the performance of our students.

The new DfE proposals has disbanded 5A*-C including English and Maths and has replaced it with the ‘Progress 8’ and ‘Attainment 8’ measures that compares the achievements of our students across a wider range of subjects including the English Baccalaureate subjects.

The English Baccalaureate is not a qualification in itself but more a recognition for the pupils that have secured a quality grade in a particular suite of subjects which include English, Mathematics, History or Geography, the Sciences and a Language. These are subjects most likely to be required or preferred for entry to degree courses and ones that will keep the most options open post sixteen.

Progress 8 and Attainment 8 will be based on students’ results in eight subjects: English, Maths, three EBacc subjects and three other approved ‘High Value’ subjects which may or may not be an EBacc subject.

Our options arrangements are designed to ensure that all students’ opportunities at the end of Key Stage 4 are maximised and offers the greatest opportunities to progress on to suitable courses, apprenticeships or work placements post 16.  Our commitment to supporting each student’s individual needs will ensure that the choices your child makes now are right for them enabling them to achieve at Key Stage 4 and beyond.

Year 9 Options Booklet
Options Evening Letter to Parents/Carers

For the first time you will be able to choose subjects you may wish to study.  This requires some careful thought over the next few weeks.  Some of the subjects are compulsory and make up what is known as the ‘Core Curriculum’.  This means you will have to study them.  They are: –

English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Science, Religious Education, PE (Games) and PSHEE.

All other subjects are optional.  When choosing these subjects it is important that you speak to as many people as you can in order to make the informed choice:

  • Which have the best results?
  • Which subjects do you enjoy?
  • Which subjects do your teachers recommend?
  • Will your chosen subjects help you pursue your intended career?
  • Will your choices keep your options open for the future if you are unsure about career choice?

The current options available for year 10 and Year 11 that are under review are detailed below.

Based on a two week 50 hour cycle

SubjectNumber of hours per fortnight
Core Curriculum
English Language GCSE (EDUQUAS)
English Literature GCSE (AQA)
7
Maths GCSE (AQA)7
Science Trilogy AQA (Set 1 only) 11
Life Skills (non – exam)1
Physical Education (non-exam)
or
2
Combined Science (AQA)9
Life Skills (non – exam)2
Physical Education (non-exam)3
Religious Education GCSE short course (AQA)2
Sub Total30

4 options fromNumber of hours per fortnight
French GCSE AQA5
German GCSE AQA5
Spanish GCSE (AQA)5
Geography GCSE (Edexcel)5
History GCSE (AQA)5
Computer Science GCSE (OCR)5
IT: Creative Media OCR(Level 2 National)5
Religious Studies GCSE (OCR)5
Music GCSE (AQA)5
Media Studies GCSE (EDUQUAS)5
Business Studies GCSE (AQA)5
PE GCSE (AQA)5
PE VCert (NCFE)5
Resistant Materials GCSE (AQA)5
Food & Nutrition GCSE (AQA)5
Photography GCSE (AQA)5
Art GCSE (AQA)5
Graphics GCSE (AQA)5
Travel and Tourism BTEC (Edexcel)5
Student Support (Literacy/Numeracy)
(Based on individual need)
5-15
Sub Total 20 hours
Total50 hours

Based on a two week 50 hour cycle

SubjectNumber of hours per fortnight
Core Curriculum
English Language GCSE (EDUQUAS)
English Literature GCSE (AQA)
8
Maths GCSE (AQA)7
Science Trilogy AQA (Set 1 only) 11
Life Skills (non – exam)1
Physical Education (non-exam)
or
1
Combined Science (AQA)9
Life Skills (non – exam)2
Physical Education (non-exam)2
Religious Education GCSE short course (AQA)2
Sub Total30

4 options from (most learners must take 2 EBacc subjects)Number of hours per fortnight
French GCSE AQA5
German GCSE AQA5
Spanish GCSE (AQA)5
Geography GCSE (Edexcel)5
History GCSE (AQA)5
Computer Science GCSE (OCR)5
Information Technology iGCSE (CIE)5
Religious Studies GCSE (OCR)5
Music GCSE (AQA)5
Media Studies GCSE (AQA)5
Business Studies GCSE (AQA)5
PE GCSE (AQA)5
Resistant Materials GCSE (AQA)5
Photography GCSE (AQA)5
Art GCSE (AQA)5
Graphics (AQA)5
Travel and Tourism BTEC (Edexcel)5
Student Support (Literacy/Numeracy)
(Based on individual need)
5-15
Sub Total 20 hours
Total50 hours