Options

Students in Year 8 have reached the most important point in their school life so far – choosing the subjects that they will study at Key Stage 4. Option choices allow students to pick the subjects that they would like to study alongside a ‘core’ of subjects that are seen as essential such as English, Maths and Science, Religious Studies and the Wider Curriculum.

Getting the right choice of subjects is crucial. The decisions can affect or determine what a student’s future will hold; the job that they do, the apprenticeship they follow, the College or University course that they take.

Our Year 8 Options process supports the students in making these choices. The information below provides step-by-step guidance and offers answers to many of the most commonly asked questions.

This page will continue to be updated during the Options process, so please check back regularly for support and guidance at each stage of the process.

Mr. A. Wylie Deputy
Head Teacher (Curriculum)

 

Options Introduction Assembly

This assembly for students explains how the options process will work this year, and the key dates at each stage.

Click here to access the PDF version of this assembly.

 

Options Pathways Booklet

This provides detailed information about the process and the subjects available from September 2021.

 

Options Videos

Our Heads of Subject have prepared short videos explaining each of the GCSE courses in more detail. Click here to see the GCSE Options videos for Year 8 students.

 

Careers Information for Year 8

These websites contain useful information about careers that can be helpful when choosing your options.