Year 9 Options: Curriculum

A Balanced Curriculum

The curriculum at key stage 4 has been carefully designed so that, in the vast majority of cases, students will follow a broad and balanced curriculum.

The majority of students study the Core Curriculum, consisting of:

Subject

Hours per fortnight

Subject

Hours per fortnight

English

8

A Modern Foreign Language

5

Mathematics

7

History or Geography

5

Combined Science

9

Physical Education

4

Separate Sciences (needs to be taken as an option)

14

Religious Studies

2

All courses, with the exception of PE, are externally assessed.

Core Curriculum + two other GCSE choices

In addition to this compulsory element, students choose 2 other subjects that they would like to study from the selection below:

Two further option subjects from:

Hours per fortnight in total

Art, Art Photography, Business Studies, Computer Science, Design Btec, Drama, Food & Nutrition, Geography, Health & Social Care, History, Media Studies, Music, OCR Physical Education, Product Design, Separate Sciences

10

  

 

Combinations of Subjects

Due to content overlap, it is not permissible to study the following combinations of subjects:

  • Art + Art Photography
  • Design BTEC + Art
  • Design BTEC + Product Design
  • Product Design & Food & Nutrition

Options: Key Dates 2022

  • w/c Mon 31 Jan
    • Year 9 Assemblies
    • Virtual Launch to Parents/Carers
  • Weds 9 February Submission of Options Morning choices
  • Thurs 17 February Taster Day, Periods 1 and 2
  • Tues 1 March Year 9 Parent/Teacher Consultation on SchoolCloud
  • Wed 16 March Deadline for submission of GCSE options
  • March-May Processing of options forms
    • Consultation with individual students
    • Final option choices confirmed
  • May/June Students informed of options choices
  • September 2022 Courses commence

The curriculum at key stage 4 has been carefully designed so that, in the vast majority of cases, students will follow a broad and balanced curriculum.

The majority of students study the Core Curriculum, consisting of:

Subject

Hours per fortnight

Subject

Hours per fortnight

English

8

A Modern Foreign Language

5

Mathematics

7

History or Geography

5

Combined Science

9

Physical Education

4

Separate Sciences (needs to be taken as an option)

14

Religious Studies

2

All courses, with the exception of PE, are externally assessed.

Core Curriculum + two other GCSE choices

In addition to this compulsory element, students choose 2 other subjects that they would like to study from the selection below:

Two further option subjects from:

Hours per fortnight in total

Art, Art Photography, Business Studies, Computer Science, Design Btec, Drama, Food & Nutrition, Geography, Health & Social Care, History, Media Studies, Music, OCR Physical Education, Product Design, Separate Sciences

10

  

 

Combinations of Subjects

Due to content overlap, it is not permissible to study the following combinations of subjects:

  • Art + Art Photography
  • Design BTEC + Art
  • Design BTEC + Product Design
  • Product Design & Food & Nutrition