Year 9 Options
This is an exciting time. As you near the end of Key Stage 3, for the first time since starting primary school you now have the opportunity to choose what you will study.
These portal pages give you and your parents’ information about the courses in Key Stage 4. Some courses are ‘core’ and will be studied by everyone. Other courses are ‘options’ and you may choose to take them. All students will have a personal options interview with a member of staff to select their subjects.
Please read the pages of the top trumps booklet carefully and consider which courses suit you best. You have important decisions to make and you should take time and obtain as much advice as you can from your parents, subject teachers, tutor and the careers service. Good luck!
Tuesday 17th January 2017 - Year 9 Options Evening
Return deadline is:
Friday 20th January 2017
The Core Curriculum
The College has considered the subjects all students need to study for their GCSEs. Although you cannot ‘choose’ these subjects, their information has been included in these pages and members of these faculties will be available at Options Evening to discuss any questions you have. The core subjects are:
English, mathematics and science
Personal, social and health education
The Option Subjects
There is a wide choice of options available for you to choose from. Please ensure you are choosing option subjects for the right reasons and you are fully committed to studying the subject for two years.
Once the course has started we do not encourage changing. If you feel you have made the wrong choice after the course has started you must speak to your parents and then Mr Potts before 30th September 2017. No changes can be permitted after this date.
Exams and Assessments
When considering a subject it is important that you think about how it is assessed and the final qualification. This information is highlighted in the subject sections. However the key points are:
Most subjects are examined formally at the end of year 11. Other subjects are examined throughout the course through assessment tasks.
Many subjects have elements of coursework. You will need to speak to subject teachers for specific information. Personal organisation and planning are essential. However, in some subjects coursework has been replaced by ‘controlled assessment’. This is similar to coursework, but it takes place in lessons under ‘controlled’ conditions.
Tier of entry
In some subjects the final exam is taken using papers of different difficulties suited to the needs of the student. Your teachers will be able to explain the tiers in their subject.
The importance of English and Mathematics
Achieving an A*-C pass in both English and Mathematics is crucial for many college courses. It is critical that you understand how important these GCSEs are to any future career path you take.
During the five terms of Key Stage 4 you will receive constant feedback from your teachers about the progress you are making. At certain times you will have formal feedback and the opportunity to discuss your progress.
Along with work experience and preparation for college or work you can now imagine that years 10 and 11 are busy times. Make the most of these opportunities offered to you and enjoy the courses you take.