Balcarras

Options

Pupils pick their GCSE option subjects in February of Year 9.

For the current Year 9 students the process will begin on Tuesday 2nd February 2021. On this day, Options information will go live on this page. This information will include:

  • an options booklet outlining the subjects that are available from September 2021 to May 2023
  • a video presentation to watch with your child explaining the options process
  • video presentations from subjects that pupils will not have encountered at Key Stage 3
  • presentations from a range of other options subjects

We would be grateful if you could review this information with your child and discuss the possibilities with them.

There will be a period of three weeks after this for you and your child to make choices, and I would encourage you to make the most of the Year 9 online parents’ evening on Thursday 25th February to discuss options with individual subject teachers.  

Your child will be sent a link to an online form via which to submit their options. They will be asked to check with you that you are happy with their choices before they submit this form.

The deadline for the online submission of Option Forms is Tuesday 2nd March 2021.

Some A-level subjects have a minimum grade requirement from GCSE while some subjects  do not have to have been studied at GCSE (such as Psychology). See our sixth form pages for more information on this, or talk to subject teachers.