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Key Stage 4 Options

HOW DO YEAR 9 STUDENTS CHOOSE THEIR OPTIONS?

Year 9 students should follow this process for choosing their options to study from September 2021:

  • All Year 9 students and parents will have an option booklet and information about the process emailed and posted home.
  • Read the Options Booklet which has been emailed to you and is available below.
  • Watch the videos below about the options process and individual subjects.
  • Discuss your options with your family.
  • Talk to your subject teachers at the online Y9 Subject evening on Thursday 4 February.
  • Complete the online Preferences (4 February) and Options (25 February) forms on time which will be emailed home.
  • In Year 10 and Year 11, all students have to study the ‘core’ subjects of English, Maths, Science, PE/Sport and PSHE. Students choose an additional three or four subjects, depending on whether they follow triple or combined Science.
  • If you have any problems with your form or have any questions about the process please contact Mr Beeden (rbeeden@hopevalley.derbyshire.sch.uk).

There are two stages to the options process:

Preferences

At the first stage, students inform college about the subjects they would like to study; this can change depending on the year group. Students receive an Options Information Booklet. They are also given opportunities to find out more from subject teachers during the school day, including lessons demonstrations where possible. Students then tell us their preferences by ranking the subjects that they think they would most like to study.  Students should consider ranking highly those courses that they think they would enjoy and be best at.  We cannot guarantee that we will be able to offer all of these courses.  We will, however, try to construct an Options grid that reflects the preferences of as many students as possible.

Options

The Options grid is based on the preferences that students make that year.  Overall choices should be appropriate to any specific career that students have in mind and be balanced enough to leave as many post-16 options open as is possible.

Once Option choices are submitted we will create a timetable that meets the choices of as many students as possible within staffing and budgetary constraints.

Options change from year to year, depending on staffing, student preferences and finance. 

VIDEO ABOUT CHOOSING YOUR OPTIONS

A presentation from Mr Beeden, Assistant Principal, for Year 9 students and their families about choosing your Key Stage 4 options.

 

 

Important Dates 2021

28 January

Options booklet home

4 February

Y9 Subject evening (on-line)

5 February

Preferences on-line form emailed to parents

11 February

Deadline for completing preferences form

25 February

Options form home, emailed to parents

2 March

Options Clinic, 5.00– 6.30pm (on-line)

11 March

Deadline for submission of on-line options form

May

Confirmed option choices emailed to parents

 

Options GRID 2021

Our Options grid for 2021 will be available here shortly.

 

Subjects offered

The following subjects are generally offered most years, though we cannot guarantee to offer all of  them every year.

GCSE English Language

GCSE English Literature

GCSE Maths

Triple Science (3 GCSEs - Biology, Chemistry, Physics)

Combined Science (2 GCSEs)

GCSE Art

GCSE Computer Science

Level 1/2 Award in Child Development & Care

Level 1/2 Award in Constructing the Built Environment        

GCSE Design & Technology

GCSE Drama

Level 1/2 Award in Engineering

GCSE French

GCSE German

GCSE Spanish

GCSE Geography

GCSE History

Level 1/2 Award in Hospitality & Catering

GCSE Music

GCSE PE