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Options

Making the correct GCSE choices is vitally important and will greatly affect the progress you make over years 10 and 11.  In this Options website you will find key information about choosing the subjects you will study for GCSE. Please make sure that you read through as many of the different subject pages as possible. 

Key Questions

What subjects do I have to study in years 10 and 11?

Almost all students in years 10 and 11 will study GCSEs in:

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Triple Science
  • A full or short course in Religious Studies
  • Core Physical Education

As well as the subject above you have to choose 5 options.

What options are available?

NWHS Options Model Year 9 May 2018 v1 5 1

Are there any rules with the choices?

The above diagram shows you the choices that need to be made.

Option 1 - You will choose between History and Geography;

Option 2 - You will choose between French and Spanish

Option 3 - You will choose between PE/Sport & RE

Option 4 - You will choose any further 2 options from the list in the personal specialism box in the diagram above (French; Spanish; History; Geography; Food; Art; Music; Health and Social Care; Engineering)

Will all courses definitely run?

We hope that we will be able to offer all the courses outlined. However, if there are insufficient numbers of students choosing certain subjects, then those subjects will not run.

Is there any general advice?

We would suggest that you try and pick subjects that you enjoy and are good at whilst at the same time trying to study a mixture of studies. This will help to give you more options when you are looking at the college courses you want to move on to after your GCSEs. 

What is the English Baccalaureate?

The English Baccalaureate is achieved when you get a 5 Grade or better in English, Maths, Science, a language (French, German or Spanish at NWHS) and at least one humanity (History or Geography).

Is it important to make sure my choices mean I will achieve the English Baccalaureate?

For almost all students entry to the English Baccalaureate is now the expected course of action. For a few students there will be a chance not to take a language but to do additional Maths or English. However, this will apply to only a few students. This approach now brings NWHS into line with the Government's expectations of schools taking the full EBacc for the majority of its students.

What happens next?

​​​​​​​Ensure you complete your option choices by Friday 11th May You will receive a letter advising which subjects have been allocated in June 2018.