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Year 9 Choices
Message to Parents
We are now at a very important time in your child’s academic career when choices have to be made about the subjects they are to study throughout Years 10 and 11.
This page is designed to help you make an informed decision about the courses that can be chosen.
We are committed to providing a curriculum that will:
- Meet individual needs and academic aspirations
- Be broad, challenging and motivating
- Offer participation in learning to 18 years of age
- Prepare students for a positive role in the future
Many GCSE subjects require controlled assessments to be carried out at regular intervals. The Academy publishes a detailed summary showing controlled assessment dates and examination requirements during Year 10 and Year 11. We ask parents to assist us by ensuring that students keep to deadlines and that the work they do truly reflects their ability at all times. Students who persistently fail to meet deadlines and do not take full advantage of the intervention and support put in place by their teachers may risk disqualification from the course.
Some things to consider:
- Some students say that they like a subject when they are really motivated by a belief that it will not involve much work. However, your child will have to work hard in all subjects to get good qualifications.
- Some choose a subject to stay in the same class with friends. As timetabling is complex, your child might be split from a friend for a particular subject.
- Some choose a subject because they like the teacher. Timetabling and the possibility of staff changes may place them with a different teacher. Students should be confident that they will enjoy the subject no matter who teaches it.
The Preference Sheet issued at the Choices Interview must be returned to the Academy by midday on Wednesday 20th March 2019. By this time, your child will have had a choices assembly presentation and discussed their choices with you as well as with key academy staff. Every student will have two sources of advice: a personal interview with a senior member of staff from their Faculty and a meeting with the Academy’s Careers Advice Specialist. As subjects will have limited class sizes, a ‘first come, first served’ system will operate, so please ensure that your child returns their reply slip promptly. If you have any questions or require any further information please do not hesitate to contact your child’s Faculty Director.
Please be aware that there are ongoing curriculum changes and as such, the information on this page may be subject to change post publication. We will inform you at the earliest opportunity if any changes impact on the course content of the subject choices your child has made.
Message to Students
The Key Stage 4 curriculum is designed to develop opportunities for further study. You must study the core subjects of English, maths and science at GCSE level, as well as core PE and Religious Studies.
When you choose your optional courses you must make three choices, one choice from each option block. Blocks A, B & C, which are 4 lessons per week. You cannot choose the same subject twice.
GETTING WHAT YOU WANT
We try our hardest to make sure that every student can follow all the courses they choose.
The information on this page is correct at the time of being published and we are committed to the structure and courses described.
However, if after analysing students’ choices we find that some courses are not viable due to class size, we may have to offer students an alternative. If this happens, you will be informed.
MAKING YOUR CHOICES
For each choice carefully consider, in this order:
- How good are you at the subject?
- What future career might you want to follow?
- Which subjects do you most enjoy?
DON’T choose a course just because you like the teacher! That teacher may not be teaching you next year.
DON’T just follow your friends’ choice. You may not have the same interests or needs and you may not be in the same classes next year.
DEFINITION OF TERMS
- GCSE – General Certificate of Secondary Education
GCSEs will be graded 9 - 1 for all subjects. In some subjects, students are entered for one of two GCSE tiers: Foundation or Higher.
Assessment of a GCSE is by examination with some subjects having an element of controlled assessment that contributes to the final grade awarded.
- English Baccalaureate
The ‘English Baccalaureate’ has been introduced by the government to ensure that students have a better route of progression to further education. The subjects included in the English Baccalaureate are traditionally subjects that lead to A levels sought after by the top universities. The English Baccalaureate will be awarded to students who gain good grades in English, maths, science, geography/history and a modern foreign language. This combination of GCSE subjects will entitle the student to a certificate recording their achievement. To be eligible, students need to choose history or geography together with French as subjects they wish to study in Key Stage 4. Languages that are used in the home may also be eligible but students must be able to read, write and speak in the language.
- Controlled Assessments
Controlled assessments are pieces of work completed in supervised conditions in lessons.
Relates to the world of work. Vocational courses develop skills that are relevant to particular careers and are sought after by industry professionals and lead to 16-18 study.
- KS3 – Key stage 3: the 3rd stage of education between Years 7 - 9
- KS4 – Key stage 4: the 4th stage of education between Years 10 - 11
- KS5 – Key stage 5: the 5th stage of education between Years 12 – 13 also known as the Sixth Form
- Level 2 courses are followed in Years 10 – 11 and are equivalent to GCSEs.
- Level 3 courses are followed in Years 12 – 13 and are equivalent to A level.
The Preference Sheet can be found here.
Please click on the links below to download an information sheet and to watch a short video clip about the subjects you are interested in.
GCSE Art and Design - information
GCSE Business - information
GCSE Food Technology
GCSE French - information
GCSE Geography - information
GCSE History - information
GCSE Media Studies - information
GCSE Separate Science
GCSE Sociology - information
BTEC Tech Award in Enterprise - information
Cambridge National Level 2 Health and Social Care - information
Cambridge National Level 2 Sport Science - information
Cambridge National Level 2 Interactive Media (IT)