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.
 

The Options Information Evening 2017 takes place on:

Thursday 23 March, 4.00 pm to 7.00 pm

Please click here to download the letter to parents.

For information about the Guided Learning Pathway for students with special educational needs, please visit our website page - iGroups Guided Learning Pathway
 

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 - 2017 student offer

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 (Hair & Beauty counts as 2 options - students who choose this course only need to select one more subject from Option A). Qualifications are either GCSE or Vocational / Technical qualifications.

Important information

You are not allowed to choose the following options together:

  • BTEC Drama with BTEC Dance
Option A Option B Option C

GCSE Computer Science

GCSE Art

GCSE Art

GCSE French

BTEC Business

BTEC Business

GCSE Geography

Level 1 / 2 Construction

Level 1 / 2 Construction

GCSE History


GCSE History


GCSE Geography
 


Hair & Beauty (VTCT Level 1/2)

  Level 1 / 2 Hopsitality
GCSE Health & Social Care
  BTEC Health & Social Care
Level 1 / 2 Hopsitality

 
 
BTEC ICT

BTEC ICT
 
BTEC Performing Arts - Dance

GCSE Music
 
BTEC Performing Arts - Drama

BTEC Performing Arts - Drama
 
BTEC Sport
 (Level 2)

BTEC Sport
 (Level 2)
 
GCSE Textile Art

BTEC Sport
 (Level 1)
 

For further information ...

If you are unsure of your child's allocated pathway or have any other queries, please contact Ms Kelly, Vice Principal for Year 8.

For information about the Guided Learning Pathway for students with special educational needs, please visit our website page - "Inclusion - Learning for All"

OPTIONS GUIDANCE & APPLICATION FORM
Click here to download

The above form should be returned by
Thursday 30 March 2017

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