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Year 9 Options

In Years 7, 8 and 9, you have studied a large number of subjects to teach you a range of skills and give you a broad foundation for the future. You now have the chance to study some subjects in more depth and also to take new courses. In order to match your abilities, interests and career hopes to the subjects on offer, you will need to consider all the information available and get as much advice as possible. The decisions that you make are probably the most important ones in your school life so far and they could influence the opportunities available to you in the future.

You will undertake a programme at GCSE that has the structure detailed below.

Compulsory Subjects

Students will take GCSEs in:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • RE
  • Science

Option Subjects

The following topics are available at GCSE and senior staff will guide students towards the pathway that is most suitable in order to maximise their chances of success.


Child Development

BTEC Construction




Food Technology


Graphic Products

BTEC Health and Social Care



Modern Foreign Language



Resistant Materials


When choosing subjects, you should take careful note of the following:

Do not pick subjects just because your friends are doing them or you like the teacher.

Do not choose a subject just because you need it for a certain job if you are not very good at it, or not very interested in it. Indeed, career aspirations often change.

If you wish to go on to A-level or other advanced courses and eventually go to University or Further Education College, it is important that you talk to staff in order to discover if there are certain subject combinations that are more appropriate than others.

Options Evening

You will have an opportunity in school to ask your teachers any questions about courses and option choices. However, your parents or guardians may wish to have an opportunity to ask questions. The Options Evening takes place in the Drama Hall, usually mid-January and the Leadership Team will be available to give information and answer questions.

How do I choose my subjects?

The Key Stage Four Booklet will be given out to you mid-January. This booklet outlines all of the courses available during the GCSE Years of 10 and 11. We encourage you to read and discuss this with your parents or guardians. You will then complete a preliminary options form which usually needs to be returned towards the end of January.

St Mary's Catholic High School, Newbold Road, Newbold, Chesterfield, S41 8AG

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