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GCSE Options

Choosing the correct GCSE Options is no easy task. We're here to offer as much guidance and support as we possibly can.

On this page, you will find the main GCSE Options presentation, alongside information presentations for all the available GCSE subject option choices. 

We held a virtual Parents' Evening on the 9th February for parents/carers and the students to discuss their thoughts and suitability for the subject with their teachers.

There will also be an in-person taster session on 22 February for two of the Options that students do not currently study. These are Business Studies and Business Enterprise. 

Year 9 students will be able to begin selecting their GCSE options starting on Thursday, 10 February via an Options Portal.
They will be sent a username and password in school.

The closing date for all option choices to be submitted is Sunday 27 February 2022.

Choosing your Key Stage 4 GCSE Options

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As always, we advise students to think about what subjects they really enjoy/are good at, not just ones that their friends are selecting or subjects where they like the teacher. In many cases, their year 9 teacher will not be the teacher leading the GCSE course.  


Dropdown Q&A GCSE Options

Q: What is the EBacc pathway? 

A: The EBacc pathway is the recommended pathway for all students and is what the government refers to as an “English Baccalaureate (EBacc)” suite of subjects – that is English, Maths, Science, a Humanities subject (History/Geography) and a Language subject (French/Spanish/German). 

Q: Can I submit my option choices early? 

A: The options are not allocated on a first-come, first-served basis so there is no gain in rushing the submission – all responses by the deadline are considered equally.  

Q: Can my child opt out of languages?

A: No, the Ebacc pathway is compulsory. Students have to study a language based on what they've studied up until now. 

Q: For photography do you need to buy a camera?
A: Cameras are provided at GCSE level in Photography, there is no expectation for cameras to be bought for students.

Q: Do students of Food Technology have to take ingredients into school frequently?
A: During Year 11, where there are more formally assessed practical tasks, students cook approximately every 2 weeks, although this can be more frequent at times. Students are expected to bring their own cooking ingredients and containers, but parents will always be informed of the required items at least 1 week before the practical task.

Q: What are the main differences between Business Studies and Business Enterprise?
A: Please see subject videos below for more detailed information. 

Q: What if my child changes their mind a few weeks into the school year?
A: Options can be tweaked before the end of Term 6, however once the course starts in September you will no longer be able to change your options. 


Useful Resources:

Subject videos:

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