Summary of Optional Curriculum Courses

Subject Qualification Maximum Number of Places Available Criteria for taking the Course
Art – Fine Art GCSE Unlimited
  • Must have studied Art in Year 9
  • OTFG 4 or above in Art
Art - Photography GCSE 40
  • Must have studied Art during Year 9
  • To have completed successfully two taster photography projects during Year 9
Art - Textiles GCSE 40
  • Must have studied Art (Textiles) in Year 9
  • OTFG 4 or above in Art (Textiles)
Business Studies GCSE 78
  • OTFG 4 or above in English, Maths and Computer Studies
  • Business Enterprise BTEC 40
  • Students may be required to complete additional application forms
  • Assessment of progress in Year 9 Computer Studies
  • Citizenship GCSE Unlimited
    • OTFG 3 or above in English and Maths and OTFG 4 or above in Beliefs and Values
    Computer Science GCSE 40
    • Attendance at after school training and assessment sessions during spring term
    • OTFG 5 or above in English, Maths and Computer Studies
    Creative iMedia Cambridge National 20
    • Assessment of progress in Year 9 Computer Studies
    Dance GCSE 20
    • Must have studied Dance in Year 9
    • OTFG 3 or above in English and OTFG 4 or above in Dance
    Drama GCSE 96
    • Must have studied Drama in Year 9
    • OTFG 3 or above in English and OTFG 4 or above in Drama
    Design and Technology - Graphics GCSE 88
    • Must have studied Graphics in Year 9
    • OTFG 3 or above in English and Maths and OTFG 4 or above in Graphics
    Design and Technology – Resistant Materials GCSE 64
    • Must have studied Resistant Materials in Year 9
    • OTFG 3 or above in English and Maths and OTFG 4 or above in Resistant Materials
    Food Preparation and Nutrition GCSE 40
    • Must have studied Food in Year 9
    • OTFG 4 or above in English, Maths and Food 
    Health and Social Care Cambridge National 40
    • Additional letter of application may be required
    Hospitality and Catering Vocational Award 40
    • Must have studied Food in Year 9
    ICT Cambridge National 80
    • Assessment of progress in Year 9 Computer Studies
    Music GCSE 32
    • Must have studied Music in Year 9
    • OTFG 4 or above in English Maths and Music
    • Evidence of ability to play a musical instrument (or vocal ability)
    Music Technology Vocational Certificate 16
    • Must have studied Music Technology in Year 9
    • Assessment of progress in Year 9 Music Technology
    PE GCSE 24
    • Must have studied pre GCSE/BTEC PE in year 9
    • OTFG 4 or above in English, Maths and PE
    • Evidence of ability in at least one team and one individual sport from AQA approved list 
    Religious Studies GCSE Unlimited
  • OTFG 3 or above in English and OTFG 4 or above in Beliefs and Values
  • Sport Cambridge National 48
    • Must have studied pre GCSE PE in year 9
    • Assessment of progress in Year 9 PE
    Statistics/Additional Mathematics GCSE/
    FSMQ
    26
    • OTFG 8 or above in Maths

    If courses are over-subscribed, the following selection criteria will be applied.  In some cases, students may also be advised to re-consider if we do not think they have chosen wisely, even if the course is not over-subscribed.

    In all cases preference will be given to students who have submitted their choices by the deadline.  There is, however, no advantage in submitting choices a long time before this date.

    Students with special educational needs will receive appropriate support through all aspects of the selection process for any course.

    Restricted combinations:

    • Students may not opt for more than one GCSE Art Course (Fine Art, Textiles)
    • Students may not opt for both GCSE Music and VCERT Music Technology.
    • Students may not opt for both GCSE PE and BTEC Sport.
    • Students may not opt for more than one course from GCSE Computing, Cambridge National ICT and Cambridge National Creative iMedia.
    • Students may not opt for both GCSE Business Studies and BTEC Business Enterprise.
    • Students may not opt for both GCSE Food and Nutrition and Vocational Award Hospitality and Catering.
    • Students may not opt for both Design and Technology (Graphics) and Design and Technology (Resistant Materials.)
    • The following combinations are permitted, but students should discuss their intentions with the relevant Learning Leader if they are considering selecting these.  Unless you have a genuine strength in the particular area of the curriculum, we would not advise you to select two similar subjects.
      • Any two foreign languages (French, German or Spanish) (speak to Mrs Wyatt.)
      • Dance and Drama (speak to Mrs Lisby or Mr Drake)
      • Photography and either Fine Art, or Textiles (speak to Mrs Taylor-Wood)