Year 9 Options
AIMING HIGH – DECIDING WISELY
You are about to make the most important decision in your school life so far. At the start of Year 10 you will begin the courses that will result in you gaining your first set of formal qualifications. These qualifications will help you take your next step along the road to achieving your GOALS and ASPIRATIONS.
We want to ensure that you leave Year 11 with the best set of qualifications you can achieve. Providing you work as hard as you can, we will do our best to support you in this aim.
The first stage in that process is helping you choose the right subjects. It is crucial you get these decisions right, that’s why we believe you should have as much information as possible.
What subjects do I have to take?
The subjects that everyone studies are called CORE subjects. These are:
- ENGLISH – leads to GCSE English Language and English Literature.
- MATHEMATICS – leads to GCSE Mathematics
- SCIENCE – leads to GCSEs in Combined Science (Triple Science will be offered to some pupils).
- PSHE – not examined
- RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (RE)
- PHYSICAL EDUCATION (PE) – Not Examined
Do I get a choice of what I do?
YES, but there are some simple GUIDELINES that you must follow to make sure you choose subjects that are the right ones for you.
What are the GUIDELINES?
Although this is your first time, we have a great deal of experience in choosing options. We have listened to what previous students have said to us and we have also looked closely at how well they have done on their chosen courses. Therefore, we will recommend a pathway to you that we feel will enable you to make the most of your ability and help you prepare for your future. Obviously you will not be forced to follow a pathway that you do not agree with.
Why different Pathways?
There has been much in the news about how the Government, employers, Universities and Sixth Forms want to see more students achieving qualifications in ‘traditional’ subjects. This pathway is right for some but not for all. Therefore, we have recommended some students choose a particular combination of subjects so that they do not put themselves at a disadvantage when applying for Sixth Form College, University or a job.
- ✓ Choose courses you know you will enjoy.
- ✓ Choose courses you are interested in.
- ✓ Choose a range of different courses, so that you have a broad base from which to choose your post-16 courses.
- ✓ Read the subject information on the next few pages very carefully.
- ✓ Ask the advice of your subject teachers, your tutor and our careers staff.
- ✓ Discuss it with your parents or carers.
- ✓ THINK VERY CAREFULLY about the subjects you choose. These decisions may affect the rest of your life. Changing courses midway is difficult and may put you at a disadvantage in the class.
- ❌ Choose a course simply because your friends have chosen it.
- ❌ Allow either like or dislike of particular teachers to influence your choice.
- ❌ Choose a course because you think it might be easy.
- ❌ Make your decision without finding out about the course. Ask older siblings or friends.
- ❌ Drop any subject you may want to study after Year 11.
- ❌ Drop any subject you may require for entry to a particular occupation or course of further study.
It may seem like a long time away, but if you are considering applying to a competitive university and especially a competitive course at a competitive university, it is important that you consider all the aspects of the entrance requirements, including the GCSE requirements.
A summary below gives an idea of the GCSE requirements that you might come across for certain degree courses. Remember that these are only examples. It is important to check university websites for detailed requirements before applying.
- ✓ Applicants to study Medicine are usually required to have very good GCSE results in Maths, Science and English.
- ✓ For a degree in English, universities often look for applicants to have a GCSE in a Modern Foreign Language.
- ✓ A grade B in Maths and sometimes Science is often required for a degree in Psychology.
Many courses at university level build on knowledge gained whilst at school. For this reason, some university courses require you to have studied a particular subject already. For example, for general engineering degrees, mathematics and physics are typically essential A-level qualifications.
Some A level subjects are more frequently required for entry to degree courses than others. These subjects are known as ‘facilitating’ subjects because choosing them at A level leaves open a wide range of options for university study. These facilitating subjects are:
- ✓ Maths and Further Maths
- ✓ Physics, Biology, Chemistry
- ✓ Geography
- ✓ History
- ✓ Modern or Classical Languages (like French or Latin)
The full Year 9 Options booklet can be downloaded below
Claverham Options Booklet 2017
Year 9 Options Resources