KS4 GCSE Options

Please read the information below to help guide your child in selecting their options for September 2022.

Here are two videos which may also be helpful in guiding you and your child through this process.

What is the EBacc?

The EBacc is a key performance indicator which recognises students’ achievements in five academic subjects:

  • English Language and/or Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Science (Including Computer Science)
  • French or Spanish (or another language)
  • History or Geography

These are subjects most likely to be required or preferred for entry to degree courses and ones that will keep the most doors open.

When considering what choices to make in the optional part of the curriculum, students should think about the following questions:

  • What am I good at?
  • What do I enjoy?
  • What are my aspirations and expectations?
  • Am I making choices for the right reasons?
  • Have I gathered all of the advice and guidance before making decisions?

Choosing the right and most appropriate subjects is essential if students are to achieve their full potential however choices made at this point will not define a student’s future career path.

It is important to us that the choices that you make are informed. Please take time to read this booklet, visit the individual subject areas of interest and speak to the teachers within those areas.

Vocational Qualification

Vocational courses are equivalent to GCSE courses and should not be viewed as easier or less important options. Vocational courses enable students to acquire skills which are related to a specific trade, occupation or vocation.


KS4 Options Brochure

KS4 Options Application Form

The form opens Wednesday 26th January, and the deadline for completion is Thursday 10th February.

If you do have any questions, please contact office@qmschool.org.uk.