Year 9 Options

INTRODUCTION TO

PROGRAMME OF STUDY 

(& COURSES AVAILABLE)

The Year 10 Programme of Study for September 2019 is divided into compulsory subjects and optional subjects.

When making your choices it is important to try to ensure you will be following a balanced curriculum.  Your possible career intentions may well influence your choices.  The compulsory subjects are:

English Language

English Literature

Mathematics

French or Spanish (your main language studied in Years 7-9)

Combined Science or Physics, Chemistry & Biology 

Non-examination courses in:

Physical Education

Religious Education

Careers

PSHCE

HOW SHOULD YOU CHOOSE YOUR SUBJECTS?

OPTIONS EVENING – WEDNESDAY 14 FEBRUARY 2018 4.30pm – 7.00pm

THE OPTIONS PROCESS 2018/19

 

Stage 1 – PSHCE/Form Time/Assemblies
These are opportunities to gather together a great deal of information.  We will show you how to access ‘Kudos’, an online careers analyser, and information in the Careers Library.
Stage 2 – Time to read, research and think
Spend time reading the Options Booklet.  It has been written especially for you and is designed to help you make the right choice.  It contains a lot of information, so it is important to read it carefully and look at things more than once.  Make sure your parents and other interested family members read it and talk to them about your thoughts.  Talk to staff in school as well and ask any questions you may have.  Use the internet to research careers which interest you and make sure your choices will not close doors.
Stage 3 – Options Evening
You will have already received your Options Booklet and heard lots of information about what Key Stage 4 is like and the choices you have to make.  You will go around school and see information about all the subjects on offer.  There will be examples of resources and students’ work to look at.  The most important thing is to talk to students in Year 10 and 11 already studying the subject and staff who teach it.
Stage 4 – Form Tutor Guidance
You will have the chance to discuss your Options with your Form Tutor who will have information from your teachers to help.  Together you will explore the choices you are about to make and help make sure the choices are right for you.  You will have the opportunity to have small group discussions with Mr Puddifoot, Careers Advisor.
Stage 5 – Options Form
We will carry out a trial run and finalise the Option Pools.  You will then need to hand in your completed Options Form including a reserve choice . PLEASE BE ADVISED WE WILL ATTEMPT TO MEET ALL FIRST CHOICE COURSES; THIS IS DEPENDANT ON AVAILABILITY AND VIABILITY.

The following pages describe different subjects, in alphabetical order.

Art – Fine Art Art – Fine Art
Art – Photography Art – Photography
Enterprise Enterprise 
Child Development Child Development
Dance Dance
Drama Drama
Engineering Engineering
English Language English Language
English Literature English Literature
Fashion & Textiles Textiles
Food Preparation and Nutrition Food Preparation and Nutriton
Geography

Graphics

Geography

Graphics

Healthy and Social Care Health and Social Care
History History
Hospitality & Catering Hospitality Catering
ICT – Creative Imedia ICT – Cambridge National – Creative Imedia – 2018
ICT GCSE Computer Science ICT – GCSE Computer Science – 2018
ICT BTEC ICT – BTEC IT – 2018
Maths (Core) Maths (Core)
Maths (Statistics) Maths Statistics
Modern Foreign Languages (GCSE) MFL GCSE
Music Music
PE PE
Product Design Product Design
Religious Studies Religious Studies
Science (Combined) Science – Combined
Science (Physics) Science – Physics
Science (Biology) Science – Biology
Science (Chemistry) Science – Chemistry
Travel & Tourism Extended Certificate Travel and Tourism

For information only

English Baccalaureate (Ebacc)

You may have heard about the English Baccalaureate (EBacc). To gain an Ebacc a pupil will have to gain at least a level 5 in each of English, Mathematics, a language, sciences (including Computing) and History or Geography. It is the government’s intention that all pupils who start Year 7 from September 2015 take the EBacc subjects when they reach their GCSEs in 2021. It is therefore not intended that all pupils in the current Year 9 should take the EBacc and we are not making this a requirement. We are not aware at this point in time that any universities or employers require this qualification but we are unable to say whether this will remain the case in the future. We are providing this information to ensure that you are aware of the situation at a national level and can make an informed choice.