Year 8 to Year 9 Options - Summary of Choices

Summary of Choices

In readiness for Year 9, you have to decide about the subject or subjects you would like to take.  In Year 9 you will study foundation courses in four option subjects which will help to ensure that you are ready to begin the full GCSE course by the start of Year 10.  You will then be able to decide which of these subjects you wish to continue.  You will not be able to choose one of these subjects as a GCSE option in Years 10 and 11 if you decide not to take it in Year 9.

If you have been studying two foreign languages in Year 8, you will also need to decide which of them you will continue to learn in Year 9 – or if you want to continue with both.  If you wish to continue with two languages in Year 9, you should select German or Spanish in the languages section and French as one of your 4 option choices.

We will also ask you to indicate whether you wish to take the Pre GCSE PE/BTEC Sport Course in Year 9.  If you do this course you will have the opportunity to opt for either GCSE PE or BTEC Sport in Years 10 and 11, or you may decide not to take one of these courses.

If you do not choose this course in Year 9, you will continue with Core PE lessons throughout Years 9, 10 and 11. 

You must also choose to continue with either Geography or History in Year 9, although you may take both of these subjects if you wish.  If you would like to take both of these subjects, you should choose one of them in the Humanities Section and the other amongst your option choices.

The full list of option subjects for Year 9 foundation option courses is as follows.

You may not select:

  • Both Music and Music Technology
  • Both Art and Art (Textiles)
  • Both D&T (Graphics) and D&T (Resistant Materials)
  • A foreign language which you have not previously studied

You should complete your option form (which is available electronically by logging into Insight) and ensure that it is submitted by Friday 23 March 2018.

We will do our best to enable everyone to study their first choice options.  However, occasionally this may not be possible because subjects are over-subscribed or because not enough students have selected the subject.  Where subjects are over-subscribed, priority will be given to students who:

  • have submitted their options by the deadline
  • are working above, at, or if below, closer to their target grades.

If either of these cases should arise we will contact the students concerned and their parents or carers to ask them to make an alternative selection.