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Year 8 KS4 Options

Overview

Due to the current lockdown the Options Evening and the process of students selecting their options will look a little different this year compared to previous years. This webpage opens on the evening of February 4th and we hope will recreate each of the aspects of a normal Options Evening with the added benefit that it will remain open throughout the options process allowing you to revisit as you consider the choices available over the next month.

Below you will find the webpage broken into 3 sections.

  1. Introduction to the Key Stage 4 options process
  2. The Key Stage 4 subjects – an opportunity to hear from Curriculum Leaders to find out more about each subject which is available.
  3. Making your Key Stage 4 choices.

1. Introduction to the Key Stage 4 options process

 

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The options process is a very important one for Year 8 students. In total you will get to choose FOUR subjects to study at Key Stage 4:

Compulsory subjects:

All students will study the following:

  • GCSE English Literature
  • GCSE English Language
  • GCSE Maths
  • GCSE Combined Science (double award)
  • Core PE

Option Block A:

All students will need to choose ONE subject from the English Baccalaureate and Humanities block.

  • GCSE Geography
  • GCSE History

Option Block B/C/D:

All students need to choose THREE subjects from the open block.

Choices:

  • GCSE Triple Science
  • GCSE Geography
  • GCSE History
  • GCSE Spanish
  • GCSE French
  • GCSE Religious Studies
  • BTEC Level 1/2 Technical Award in Health & Social Care
  • GCSE Design & Technology
  • BTEC 1/2 Technical Award in Music
  • BTEC Level 1/2 Technical Award in Engineering
  • GCSE Art & Design - Craft & Design
  • GCSE Art & Design - Fine Art
  • GCSE Media
  • GCSE Physical Education
  • BTEC Level1/2 Technical Award in Health & Fitness
  • GCSE Music
  • WJEC Level 1/2 Vocational Award in Hospitality and Catering
  • GCSE Drama
  • GCSE Computer Science
  • Cambridge Nationals Information Technologies
  • BTEC Level 1/2 Technical Award in Enterprise

Options Booklet

Click here for a downloadable copy of the Year 8 Options booklet.


2. The Key Stage 4 Subjects

GCSE English Language & Literature GCSE Maths

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GCSE Combined Science GCSE Triple Science

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GCSE History GCSE Geography

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GCSE Spanish GCSE French

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GCSE Religious Studies BTEC Level 1/2 Technical Award in Health and Social Care

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GCSE Design & Technology BTEC Level 1/2 Technical Award in Engineering

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GCSE Music BTEC Level 1/2 Technical Award in Music

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GCSE Art - Craft & Design GCSE Art - Fine Art

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GCSE Physical Education Level 1/2 Technical Award in Health & Fitness

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GCSE Media WJEC Level 1/2 Vocational Award in Hospitality and Catering

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GCSE Drama BTEC Enterprise

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GCSE Computer Science BTEC Digital Information Technology (Formally known as Cambridge Nationals Information Technologies)

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3. Making your Key Stage 4 choices:

Over the coming weeks both you and your child will also have an opportunity to meet with a member of the Year 8 team (Mr O’Leary, Miss Porter and Form Tutors) to discuss your choices. To book one of these meetings please complete the form  HERE.

When you have come to your decisions and are ready to formally SUBMIT your choices please you will need to do this using the email noreply@sims.co.uk , click the link provided and sign in using your school Office 365 account. You will then receive another email from simsid4@identityfor.co.uk. Click on the orange box called ‘Sims Options’ to get to the page to submit your choices.

Please watch this video guide for support in submitting your options.

 

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If you have any issues with getting your login to work then please email jlovejoy@theacademy.me who will be able to re-send your invite.

We hope you have been able to find everything that you need to help you make the best possible choices for Key Stage 4 but if you do have any questions then please do complete the form above to request a phone call so that we can help you further.

Good luck and we look forward to seeing you back in school one day soon.