Year 9 GCSE Guided Curriculum Choices

"Options"

During February of Year 9, students are required to choose their option subjects for GCSE.  We want to give our students opportunities to succeed in line with their academic targets, prior attainment and progress, and future aspirations.  As such, we make personal recommendations for each student. To make this selection we consider the following:

  • Attainment grades and target grades
  • Attitude towards learning
  • Context within departmental areas – for example, those who play a musical instrument outside of school

The majority of students continue to study a language (either Mandarin or Spanish). This, alongside a humanity (History or Geography), will make students eligible for the English Baccalaureate.

The majority of students have been assigned a creative subject too, to give variety to their studies and to develop a different set of skills.

All students study Religion and Philosophy as one of their "options".

In 2019, the option blocks were as follows:

 

A

B

C

D

Religion and Philosophy

Religion and Philosophy

Religion and Philosophy

Religion and Philosophy

Religion and Philosophy

Religion and Philosophy

Mandarin

Business

History

History

History

History

Catering

Spanish

Food

Art

Food

PE

Geography

Design Technology

Geography

PE

Spanish

Geography

Music

Drama

Textiles

Mandarin

     

We expect that most students and parents will usually agree with our choices.  However, if they wish to substitute a different subject from that which has been chosen for them, they are welcome to suggest this.  The senior leadership team will meet with students and parents to discuss any potential changes, to ensure that subjects chosen are within the best interests of the student.

     

 

When are final choices made?

At the end of Year 9, students will sit exams. These will guide us in making final decsions about which options they will take. 

How can I speak to someone about this?

The first port of call is your son/daughter's tutor. You can also speak to Head of Year 9 or Mrs Trebess (Deputy Head in charge of Curriculum). You can do this easily by email here

 

Is it possible to do both Geography and History?

Yes, this is possible for the more able students. 

Is it possible to do both Spanish and Mandarin? What about other languages?

It is highly unlikely that students will be able to study both Spanish and Mandarin. This has only possible for students who are native speakers of one whilst studying the other at Becket Keys. Each year we have students sit exams in other languages that they study outside of school. We are happy to support this. However, we only teach Spanish and Mandarin. 

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