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In Year 9, students will make subject choices for GCSE. It's important to keep as broad a range of subjects as possible alongside the core subjects. If you would like some help making your choices speak to your Form Tutor, Head of Year or subject teachers. You can also speak to Mrs Stevenson, the school Careers Coordinator.


What choices will I have?

There are Core Subjects everyone studies to ensure a broad and balanced education and the development of basic skills. These include English, English Literature, Maths, Science, and PE (non-examined). You can then choose one subject from each option block, which includes at least one E-Bacc subject.

The Additional Curriculum enables you to choose other GCSE / BTEC subjects. Please follow the following link for the full details of courses:

The Streetly Academy options booklet


What are the different qualifications and what do they mean?

GCSE - General Certificate of Secondary Education. GCSEs cover general subjects like English, Maths, History, Science and Languages. Full exams will be taken in the summer at the end of two years of study and are graded under the new system from 1 - 9. Grade 4 / 5 is equivalent to a C, Grade 6 is equivalent to a B and Grades 7 - 9 are equivalent to an A / A*

BTEC - this is a work-related qualification. They cover a wide range of vocational areas and learning is related to the world of work. Assessment is through a portfolio of work, but may also include some examination. A level 2 qualification is equivalent to GCSE grade A* to C. They can be taken alongside, or in place of, GCSEs.

The English Baccalaureate (E-Bacc) - this is not a qualification in itself. It is a particular group of GCSE subjects looked on favourably by universities. The subjects are English, Maths, Science (including Computer Science), History or Geography and a Modern Foreign Language. You do not need to have studied all these subjects to go to university but having your GCSE mix steered towards the English Baccalaureate will help keep options open.


How do I choose what subjects to take?

Reasons for choosing a subject include:

  • Enjoying it.

  • Finding it interesting.

  • Being good at it.

  • Teachers indicating that you will do well at it.

  • The subject will be necessary or useful for your career aspirations

Things to think about:

  • How do you prefer to study? You need to make sure courses suit your own personal learning style, so think about the way you learn best. Check out how each subject is taught and whether you are assessed by coursework or an examination (or both). You will look at your learning styles in November during the subject enhancement day. 

  • Choose subjects that keep your options open if you are not sure what you want to do

  • If you know what you want to do in the future, what subjects will assist you with that path 

  • REMEMBER - It is your life, not your friend's, choose what suits you best!

  • Ensure you read the course information in your Year 9 information booklet.

Have a look here for some useful information, support and guidance on choosing GCSE options.


When do I have to make my choices?

Choices are usually made in January / February of Year 9.


What support will I get from the school?

Pupils and their parents / carers will have an opportunity to attend a Year 9 Options Evening, which will give further information about the options on offer and how the process works.

Also, during Life Curriculum, there will be careers lessons to provide an opportunity for you to explore options available and to see how subjects relate to careers. Although you don’t need to decide what career you want just yet, giving it some thought may help you decide which subjects to study at GCSE.

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