Choosing GCSE Options
Pupils in Year 9 are asked to state their preferences about which courses they wish to study in Years 10 and 11 for GCSE or IGCSE examinations. This is an important phase in every pupil’s education as they begin the process of specialising in certain subject areas.
English Language and Literature, Mathematics, all three Sciences and a Modern Foreign Language form the seven core subjects studied at GCSE.
Pupils will add three more subjects of their own choice from a broad range. The main thing to consider is that pupils should elect to study subjects that they enjoy and believe they will be successful at. We do not expect pupils at this stage to have a definite idea of the direction they wish to progress in their studies in our Sixth Form, and as such, our curriculum is broad and balanced.
When considering subjects, pupils should consider what they will be studying in those lessons, and also how this fits in with co-curricular activities. We want to ensure that pupils continue to develop their skills outside the classroom, whilst being mindful of not taking on too much.