KS4 GCSE Options 

Important Dates: 

Options Workshop to students: Thursday 22nd February
Options Evening: Thursday 29th February
Deadline to submit options: Friday 15th March 

Options Overview: 
Core subjects are compulsory. Full details of each subject are contained in the brochure (link below), with clear guidance about how to choose optional subjects. 

What is the EBacc? 

The EBacc is a key performance indicator which recognises students’ achievements in five academic subjects: 

  • English Language and/or Literature 
  • Mathematics 
  • Science (Including Computer Science) 
  • French (or another language) 
  • History or Geography 

  These are subjects most likely to be required or preferred for entry to degree courses and ones that will keep the most doors open. 

  When considering what choices to make in the optional part of the curriculum, students should think about the following questions: 

  • What am I good at? 
  • What do I enjoy? 
  • What are my aspirations and expectations? 
  • Am I making choices for the right reasons? 
  • Have I gathered all of the advice and guidance before making decisions? 

Choosing the right and most appropriate subjects is essential if students are to achieve their full potential however choices made at this point will not define a student’s future career path. 

It is important to us that the choices that you make are informed. Please take time to read this booklet, visit the individual subject areas of interest and speak to the teachers within those areas. 

Vocational Qualifications 

Vocational courses are equivalent to GCSE courses and should not be viewed as easier or less important options. Vocational courses enable students to acquire skills which are related to a specific trade, occupation or vocation. 

The Curriculum (fortnightly) 

  • 9 periods of English and Combined or Triple Science 
  • 8 periods of Maths. 
  • 4 periods of Religious Studies. 
  • 2 periods of PE. 
  • 6 periods of each option subject. 
  • PSHCE (delivered in form time; 30 minutes per week) 

Careers Advice 
A careers advisor will be available at the options evening, should you wish to find out more information regarding future plans and option choices at post 16. 

More information to support you and your child can also be found via the links below: 

Parent zone: Choices at 14 
Take the Buzz quiz tosee your potential career areas 
Find details about different careers 
Compare different jobs  
If you are looking for an apprenticeship after GCSEs 
Find university courses and entry requirements 
Careers quiz 
Careers Map 
Creative Skills Set 


When parents attend the Options Evening, they will receive a report, indicating their child's current attainment in each subject. This will help inform students and parents of any decisions related to option choices.  

There are 3 different pathways, all detailed below. Students will have a personalised report that will indicate the selected pathway based on their suitability to study different combinations of subjects. Please ensure you complete the relevant options form. 


Helpful Links & Documents: 

Options Presentation

Options Brochure

Options Forms

Aspire Pathway Options Form
Achieve Pathway Options Form
Succeed Pathway Options Form 


(Options forms open on Thursday 29th February and close on Friday 15th March)

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