Pathways is an exciting time in your Academic life. All the information you have been provided with will help you to make good decisions as you move into your GCSE studies. You can find the Pathways presentation and a digital, downloadable copy of advice booklet on this page. For any additional advice, please speak to a member of staff before making your decision.
Within the booklet, you will find information about the four different Pathways available to you as you head into Year 9, along with information about both the core and optional subjects and your option form. Alongside this information, you will have also received a letter detailing our recommended Pathway for you and the subjects to choose. These recommendations have been based on your work throughout Key Stage 3, including your latest interim results, and the opinions of your Learning Consultants.
You are required to study specific subjects in order to ensure you achieve “8 qualifying subjects”. All available options meet these requirements.
Please note that some subjects have very specific entry requirements, these are explained in detail within the booklet. If you are unsure about any of these requirements or any of the information within each subject, please speak directly to a member of staff within that department before making your decision.
All students at GCSE study the following core, compulsory subjects:
- English Language and Literature (taught as ‘English’ – 5 hours per week)
- Mathematics (5 hours per week)
- Science: Double Award (4 hours per week)
In addition, to ensure you are supported with your academic studies and are suitably prepared for the challenges you will experience in the coming years, you will also study ‘Wellbeing’. This is made up of:
- Physical Education – Developing team working skills, understanding how to maintain a healthy lifestyle, developing general fitness and to also gain an additional qualification in Health & Fitness.
- Inspire – which explores wider PSHE issues alongside Religious Studies.
Further to this, you choose four option subjects.
Think carefully about these choices, as you need to make sure that you have a balance of subjects to help broaden your future success, whilst maintaining a manageable workload. If you need any advice or are worried about this, please speak to a member of staff.
Mr. A. Slack
Assistant Vice Principal