Year 8 Options

Thank you for all of your support with the Year 8 option process. During the spring term students will be choosing which subjects they will study at Key Stage 4. Key Stage 4 consists of the Year 9 transition year followed by GCSE courses in Years 10 and 11. The Year 9 transition year is designed to best prepare students to study the GCSE curriculum in all of their subjects. Students will study complementary material and content that is outside of the GCSE specifications in order for them to have a broader and deeper understanding of the subject. They will develop prerequisite skills and acquire new knowledge that will help them access their GCSE courses. Students will start studying their GCSE courses in Year 10 and take the final examinations in Year 11.

The curriculum model allows students to choose 4 subjects in addition to the core curriculum of Maths, English, Science, PE and PSHRE lessons. Our aim is to ensure that every student has a good breadth of study and has the greatest options available to them following their GCSEs. This is why we insist that students follow the academic EBacc pathway. Alongside the core curriculum, students will choose a humanity subject (history or geography) and a language (French or German). Studying at least one language is important as there is increasingly more evidence that employers are looking for competence in languages in today's globalised world. Studying at least one humanity subject provides cross-curricular skills, such as essay writing, which are vitally important preparation for A Level courses, employment and university courses. The rest of the students’ timetable will comprise of their options choices. Some of the subjects offered in Year 9 are new and have not been studied before. Some are familiar to students from their study in Key Stage 3.

 

YEAR 8 OPTION PROCESS

For further information about the Year 8 option process, please access this short presentation.

 

 

Block A

Block B

Block C

Block D

Geography

 

Geography

 

Geography

 

Geography

 

History

 

History

 

History

 

History

 

German

 

German

 

French

 

French

 

Business

 

Health & Social Care

 

Drama

 

Computing

 

RE

 

PE

 

Dance

 

Music

 

Computing

 

Art

 

PE

 

Product Design

 

ICT

 

 

 

Art

 

Catering

 

 

 

 

 

Business

 

Textiles

 


Further information about the curriculum and option process can be accessed here: Year 8 Options Booklet for 2021

 

 

KEY STAGE 4 CURRICULUM

The GCSE curriculum was reformed in 2015. The short presentation below highlights some of the key features about these reforms and also provides details about the core curriculum in Key Stage 4.

 


Further details of the subjects in the core curriculum can be accessed via these links:

English Language
English Literature
Mathematics
Science - Trilogy Combined
Science - Triple Separate
Sport Science

Below you will find a full list of all of the option subjects we offer at Key Stage 4 and further details about each course. Each option subject on offer has a short video presentation to provide more information about the course. If you have any further questions relating to the individual courses please contact the head of department whose email is provided with the subject details.

 

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