KS4 GCSE Options

Core subjects are compulsory. Full details of each subject are contained in the brochure (link below), with clear guidance about how to choose optional subjects.

Our options brochure and the details of the process for 2022 will be available soon.

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.

The Curriculum (weekly)

  • 4 periods of English, Maths and Science
  • 1 period of PE
  • 3 periods of each option subject
  • Students taking triple science will have 2 additional hours of Science, maintaining the same number of option choices as other students.

Curriculum Overview:

4 hrs per week
Maths English Combined Science
Select ONE subject from the following:
3 hrs per week
History Geography French
Computer Science Spanish
Select THREE subjects from the following:
3 hrs per week
Art & Design* Drama Graphic Design* Religious Studies
Business Studies Design & Technology Health & Social Care Spanish
Business & Enterprise Economics History Sport*
Child Development Engineering ICT Textiles
Classic Civilisation Food Media Studies*
Computer Science French Music
Creative iMedia* Geography PE*  

*Subjects which are similar in content and cannot be taken together:

Art & Design or Graphics

Media Studies or Creative iMedia

Sport or PE


Options evening presentation:

KS4 Options Brochure

KS4 Options Application Form
The form opens Thursday 21st January, the deadline for completion is Friday 11th March.