Making Choices in Year 8: Guided Learning Pathway

We offer a range of academic and vocational courses to suit the learning needs and future career ambitions of all our students.  During Year 8, parents are invited to attend an information evening to gain a clearer understanding of the curriculum choices available to their child.  This range of subjects together with the guidance provided to each student is called the Guided Learning Pathway.

Options Information Evening 2019

The Options Information Evening 2018 takes place on:

Wednesday 1 May, 3.00 pm to 6.30 pm

An invitation will be sent nearer the date.

There will also be a parents' evening for iGroup students on the same date at the same time:

Letter to iGroups 2018

 

 

Please click here to download a copy of the STUDY OPTIONS BOOKLET which provides all of the information given below in one document along with guidance for students and parents.


Progression at 16+

Making the right choices at such an early age can be initially daunting.  The link below gives guidance on entry requirements for colleges, universities and apprenticeships.  This can often help with making a decision on which subject to follow.  For example, studying a second language may not be compulsory but it can really help students who wish to progress to university in future years.

Progression to Further Education, Higher Education and Employment 

Guided Learning Pathways - 2018 student offer 

The 2019 offer will be available nearer the date of the Y8 Parents' Evening (1 May 2019)

Compulsory Subjects and Optional Subjects for Years 9 to 11

Click on the links below to view the course details for each subject.

Compulsory Subjects

GCSE English Language
GCSE English Literature
GCSE Mathematics

GCSE Science
Core PE

 

Optional Subjects

Students need to choose ONE subject from each option block. Qualifications are either GCSE or Vocational / Technical qualifications.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION


Students must choose at least one of the following: Geography, History, French and/or Computer Science (highlighted in yellow below).

Forbidden combinations: You are not allowed to choose the following options together

  • GCSE Drama with BTEC Dance
  • GCSE Art with GCSE Textiles
Hair & Beauty counts as 2 options - students who choose this course only need to select one more subject from Option block A.
 
Option A Option B Option C

Business (BTEC)

Art (GCSE)

Art (GCSE)

Computer Science (GCSE)

Construction (Level 1 / 2)

Business (BTEC)

Construction (Level 1 / 2)

Drama (GCSE)

Dance (BTEC)

French (GCSE)

Geography (GCSE)

Drama (GCSE)

Geography (GCSE)

Health & Social Care (BTEC)


French (GCSE)

 

Health & Social Care (BTEC)

Hospitality (Vocational)

History (GCSE)

History (GCSE)

ICT (BT
EC)

Hospitality (Vocational)

Music (GCSE)

Sport (BTEC)


ICT (BT
EC)
Sport (BTEC)
Textile Art (GCSE)
Sport (BTEC)
 


Hair & Beauty (VTCT Level 1/2)

 

For further information ...

If you are unsure of your child's allocated pathway or have any other queries, please contact Mr Simmons, Head of Year 8.

For iGroup students, please contact Mrs C Wallis, Vice Principal for Inclusion

OPTIONS GUIDANCE & APPLICATION FORM
Click here to download

Return Deadline:

Wednesday 8 May 2019

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a GCSE?

GCSEs (General Certificates of Secondary Education) are usually taken at school-leaving age after two years’ study, but are available to students of any age. They are normally assessed by a mixture of internal assessment (coursework) and exams.

For more information about GCSEs and where they can take you, click on the link below:

GCSE information for Students and Parents on the Edexcel website

What is a BTEC?

BTECS are widely recognised work-related qualifications suitable for a wide range of ages and abilities.

For more information about BTECs and where they can take you, click on the link below:

BTEC information for Students and Parents on the Edexcel website

The Bulwell Academy has produced its own Student Guide to BTEC. Click on the image to view.