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Year 9 Options

At the end of year 9, students choose two options that they would like to study at GCSE. Most of these subjects would have been taught to students for three years and so they will be making an informed choice.

It’s really important to consider the career path your child might want to head down as this may influence their option choices. Ms Birrane oversees all careers information and is more than happy to support with any queries you may have.

Ms Birrane:

For any other queries, please contact Mr Elliott:


Y9 Option 2022 Letter

Y9 Options and Curriculum Booklet


Fine Art

AQA Fine Art. Under the direction of their art teacher students will complete up to four projects during Y10 and Y11. This coursework is worth 60% of their final GCSE grade. In March of Y11 art students will complete their externally set task (exam) which is worth 40% of their final grade.  Students will be given six weeks to prepare for their exam again under the direction and help of their art teacher. 


The course contains three components:

  • One that focuses on devising - making up your own play with other students—Performance and coursework.
  • One that focuses on performing from a text that has already been written—Performance.
  • One that focuses on practical understanding of a performance text.— Written exam.


Performance: You will learn to perform in a genre of your choice as a Soloist, Duet, Group or Band.

Composition: You will learn to compose for any instrument or style of your choice using Logic or Sibelius software.

Analysis: You will look at the history of your favourite genres of music, where it comes from, its influences and also, how it is created from the ground up.

Music: You will use Music Software to create new sounds and compositions while learning how to edit, record, mix and manipulate sounds.

Design Technology

There is a Non–Exam Assessment (NEA) which is a 40 page A3 portfolio. This will show your development of a solution, including research, questionnaires, design ideas, prototyping and evaluation of your outcome. This is worth 50% of your GCSE.

There is also a 2 hours exam which tests your D&T knowledge and your application of Science and Maths skills. This is worth 50% of your GCSE.

Food Technology

This course is aimed at students that are passionate about the food and where it comes from, they will enjoy preparing and cooking food and be prepared to take creative risks. They will be prepared to learn the science behind cooking methods when understanding the functions of ingredients.  An interest in health and nutrition will help students understand the relation between diet and health.

Students choosing this course should be prepared to regularly bring in ingredients for practical lessons (store cupboard ingredients are provided by school). Ensuring they bring a container and remembering to collect their cooked product at the end of the day is also expected.

Computer Science

This exciting GCSE gives you an excellent opportunity to investigate how computers work, how they are used and to develop computer programming and problem-solving skills. You’ll also do some fascinating in-depth research, learn about core computing components and develop your skills in a practical programming language such as Python.

A Computer Science qualification will build on your knowledge, understanding and skills for working with Computer Technology. Computer Science covers a broad range of learning from developing real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works to applying your computer skills in developing business solutions in the commercial world. Employers are always searching for staff that are confident and competent in this field.

Child Care

BTEC First in Children’s Play, Learning and Development is designed for learners considering a career in early years, or related sectors, where knowledge of child development is relevant. It gives learners the opportunity to gain a broad knowledge and understanding of, and develop skills in, the early years sector. It will also support progression to a more specialised level 3 vocational or academic course, such as in early years, health and social care or psychology, or an apprenticeship

Health and Social Care

OCR Level 1/Level 2 Cambridge National Certificate in Health and Social Care introduces students to the specialist knowledge and skills needed to work in various care settings. Underpinning the qualification is a focus on core values and communicating with individuals so as to maintain their dignity and sense of being valued.

This qualification is ideal for those wishing to pursue a career in health and social care sector.  The units cover a range of transferable skills and each unit is embedded with relevant health care scenarios and careers. Providing information to help learners make informed decisions about their progression options.

Physical Education

The Cambridge National qualification in Sport Science will encourage students to:

  • Understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of Sport Science.
  • Develop learning and practical skills that can be applied to real-life contexts and work situations.
  • Think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically.
  • Develop independence and confidence in using skills that are relevant to the Exercise, Physical Activity, Sport and Health sector and more widely.
  • Prepare participants for physical activity in ways which keeps them safe as well as learning how to react should injuries happen and how to recognise common medical conditions.
  • Learn how to conduct fitness tests, including interpreting and feeding back on the data you get from these as well as how to design, implement and evaluate fitness training programmes.
  • Develop knowledge of either how the body responds to exercise and understand how technology helps inform us of these changes, or a delve into the world of sports nutrition to understand how what we eat can impact our performance in sport.

Develop the skills of team working, research and planning

Hair and Beauty

This is a new course for 2021 and is delivered at the Brigantia Centre for Technical Learning. Here you will gain a BTEC qualification in Hair and Beauty and be able to enjoy a hands-on course that gives you practical skills. There are written elements to the course as well as a practical side, so students should be prepared for writing as well as practising skills.

Construction and the Built Environment

A Vocational Award in Construction and the Built Environment will develop learners’ knowledge and understanding of the sector and provide them with opportunities to enhance their practical skills. In addition, learners will explore different ideas and concepts of the built environment and gain knowledge, skills and understanding of a range of professional and trade roles.

Digital Information Technology

The qualification will allow learners to develop their understanding of the range of digital technology systems at use in our connected and globalised society. It will also allow learners to explore the ever-evolving nature of digital technology systems and how these systems can be used productively, creatively and safely.