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Year 9 Options

Year 9 is the Options transition year into Key Stage 4. The options process is to prepare you for the demands in the next stage of your educational journey. To help to secure the best outcomes possible in accordance with your potential, you will begin your Key Stage 4 GCSEs/subjects in Year 10.  This will give you the best chance of achieving quality grades in all core and choice GCSE and BTEC subjects.

For help or advice with the Options process please contact:

At Conisborough College, we want you to be in the best possible position to prepare for your future. You may have a very clear idea of what you want that future to look like, but most students in Year 9 are not completely sure what direction they want to take yet. This means that it is important to keep your options open to give you the widest range of opportunities later.

You will know which subjects you achieve well in, and those you enjoy – these should be the main factors when choosing your options. The recent student ranking from the mid-year assessments will be a great help in guiding your thinking about the best subjects to choose.

GCSEs are graded from 9 (highest) to 1 (lowest). Grade 5 is a ‘strong pass’ and Grade 4 is a ‘standard pass’. Entry for A-levels at Key Stage 5 (Year 12 and 13) depends on achieving at least a Grade 5 in Maths and English (best result of either Language or Literature) and a Grade 6 or 7 or above in the subjects to be studied at A-level.

The government recommends that students are best prepared for Level 3 qualifications and Higher Education at universities by studying the ‘English Baccalaureate’ or ‘EBacc’ selection of subjects. These include:

  • GCSE English, Maths and Science (Combined or Triple/separate)
  • Either GCSE Geography or History
  • Any GCSE Modern Foreign Language or an accredited home language

We therefore recommend most students include these subjects in their studies at GCSE.

Practical and arts subjects can help you develop in a wide range of valuable areas and skills which are valued by universities and employers. We strongly recommend that you include a creative or practical subject as part of your studies at Key Stage 4.

Your subject teachers are a great source of advice about your suitability for GCSE studies, and Heads of Department will be sending tutors information about courses with opportunities to ask questions.

We strongly encourage you to:

  • Speak to teachers/course leaders and ask questions to help you choose your options
  • Discuss with your parents/carers

Do choose a subject because:

  • It fits your interests and abilities
  • You are good at it and think you will enjoy it
  • It links to a career idea
  • You think you might want to continue studying it after Year 9
  • It will help to give you plenty of choice post-16

Don’t choose a subject because:

  • Your friends have chosen it
  • Someone else thinks it will be a good idea for you to do it
  • You think it will be easy
  • You think it’s a good course for a boy/girl to do
  • You like the teacher you have now














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From our 2019 report

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