Y9 - Making Good Choices

Welcome, year 9 students and families, to our virtual Guided Choices Evening.

Please take the time to watch the Introduction Video above, before moving on to individual Subject videos. 

You should already have a copy of the Guided Choices Booklet, which explains how your subjects are separated into blocks and timetabled.

We also recommend you have a look at Year 9 Pathways, a guide to possible career pathways based on your chosen subjects.

Choosing your subjects:

For the purpose of timetabling, the option subjects are arranged into 3 blocks which are given an equal time allocation of 3 lessons per week.  All courses finish at the end of Year 11. 

Students will select one subject from each Option Block as their First Preference. You will be asked to provide a Second Preference choice for each block.

Trying to provide all pupils with their preferred choice is a complex process.  Some pupils will not receive their highest preference either due to course suitability or the need to use school resources efficiently.  Where courses are oversubscribed, subject allocation will be based on pupil choice as far as possible.  If a pupil cannot study the subjects of their choice, the Deputy Headteacher for Curriculum will discuss alternatives with them before the Easter holidays.

Block A

  • Art and Design - GCSE
  • Music - GCSE
  • Music - RSL Certificate in Technology and Composition
  • Drama - GCSE
  • Performing Arts - Dance BTEC Technical Award
  • Design Technology - GCSE
  • Food Preparation - GCSE

 Click to view Block A Subject Videos



Block B

  • French - GCSE
  • Geography - GCSE
  • History - GCSE
  • Computer Science - GCSE (Higher Mathematics required)

Click to view Block B Subject Videos

Block C

  • French GCSE
  • Geography GCSE
  • History GCSE
  • Business Studies GCSE
  • Digital Information Technology BTEC
  • Media Studies GCSE
  • Photography GCSE
  • Sport, Activity & Fitness BTEC

 Click to view Block C Subject videos


Core Subjects

You will study all of the following core subjects:

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Combined Science or Triple Science
  • Religious Studies
  • Physical Education
Subject Selection form will be shared separately.