Aiming to achieve our best


GCSE Options

During Year 9, you will fully develop and use skills and knowledge acquired from your first two years of secondary schooling, be assessed in all curriculum areas, and make final choices about Key Stage Four study which will influence your future career pathways as well as opportunities in further and higher education. You will also begin GCSE work in core subject areas.


Key Stage 4 curriculum

Students study a the core subjects and four additional options from a wide range customised to suit a range of interests and abilities. Almost all students will study nine full GCSE subjects, with the majority taking the EBacc suite (a Language and either History or Geography) plus an additional 2 options.


The core subjects

All year 10 and 11 students will study:

  • English Language, GCSE
  • English Literature, GCSE
  • Mathematics, GCSE
  • Double Science, GCSE
  • Personal, Social, Health and Religious Education, Core (no examination)
  • Physical Education, Core (no examination)



  • Art and Design: Fine Art, GCSE
  • ASDAN CoPE, Level 1/2 Award
  • Business Studies, GCSE
  • Citizenship, GCSE
  • Computer Science, GCSE
  • Dance, GCSE
  • Dance, GCSE
  • Drama, GCSE
  • Economics GCSE 
  • Hospitality and Catering Award Cambridge National award
  • French, GCSE
  • Geography, GCSE
  • Health and Social Care, Level 2 Cambridge Award
  • History, GCSE
  • Information Technology, Level 2 Cambridge Award
  • Music, GCSE
  • Physical Education, GCSE
  • Psychology, GCSE
  • Design Technology (Resistant Materials or Textiles specialism)  GCSE
  • Separate Sciences, GCSE
  • Spanish, GCSE

Seeking out our talents and following our dreams


Choosing your options

Support you will get in choosing you options:

  • Tasters lessons for every option
  • Options Prospectus (download here)
  • Options Information Evening
  • Careers advice and guidance
  • Tutor / teacher advice and guidance
  • Ongoing assessment and subject reports
  • Individual meetings as needed

Useful sources of information

  • Your parents
  • Your teachers and tutor
  • Teachers of option subjects
  • Sam White, our independent careers advisor
  • National Careers Service (careers advice)
  • PS16(post-16 and careers advice)
  • Which? (how important are GCSE choices?)

Download the Options Prospectus