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Year 8 GCSE Curriculum Options & Career Opps

Welcome to the Y8 Curriculum Options Page

In this section, you will find a range of information regarding the Year 8 options process; including the options booklet, options/careers curriculum videos and useful links.

We aim to support all students in making fully informed and aspirational options selections in Year 8 and Year 9. We expect all students to study a broad and balanced curriculum which enables them to progress onto post 16 studies and beyond.

Our Key Stage 4 curriculum is divided into compulsory core subjects and a choice of options subjects, as outlined here in the Year 8 options booklet. Most students will study 5 option subjects in year 9, which decreases to 4 option subjects in Year 10.

To make the best choice of subjects to study we suggest parents and students follow our 9- step option process [link to option steps from options booklet].

Year 8 Options booklet

The Year 8 Options booklet for 2023-2024 will be uploaded in due course. This booklet sets out the process through which Year 8 students will make their GCSE course choices for September.  Each option subject is described in detail with coursework requirements and advice on possible future career paths.

To view any of the option subject videos please click on the subject links below.  The video presentations below help to explain the different option subjects on offer. Each video contains an overview of the subject, how it is assessed and possible linked career paths. Please note that the videos below were created in 2020; some course/assessment updates may have taken place, so please ensure you refer to the most recent Options booklet before making a decision.

Art & Design
Computer Science
Design & Technology
Drama
Food Preparation & Nutrition
Geography
History

Media Studies
MFL - French & Spanish
Music

Photography
PE
Science

Activate your best choice: 
Choosing your GCSE's can seem overwhelming. You may be worried that you will make the wrong choice that will affect your future education and career options. At Activate Learning, we want you to enjoy this process and make the right decisions for YOU. So, we have put together some helpful tips and frequently asked questions to help you make up your mind.  Follow the link below for more information.                          
Activate Learning GCSE Options Flyer