Year 9 Option Choices

Dagfa School Year 9 Options

Year 9 Option Choices

Choosing subjects to study in Years 10 and 11 can seem daunting. Don’t panic!

The following information and advice, as well as the Options booklet you will receive before the Easter holidays detailing all the GCSE options we offer, will help you make the best decision for you:

What choices will you have?

The core subjects that everyone has to take all the way to GCSE are:

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology

In addition you are asked to select 4 subjects from the following list:

  • Art
  • Design and Technology
  • French
  • General Studies
  • Geography
  • History
  • Home Economics
  • ICT
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Studies

If you are especially good at mathematics you can also elect to study additional mathematics. This is a ‘Free Standing Mathematics Qualification’, worth 20 UCAS points when applying to University or College after ‘A’ levels.

How will you choose?

1. What sort of person are you?

To help you decide what to study in Years 10 and 11, start by asking yourself what you enjoy doing and what you’re good at.

Think about:

  • What you’re interested in: it could be other cultures and languages, writing projects, helping people, being outdoors or designing things
  • What types of activity you enjoy most – working things out and thinking them through, practical activities or artistic options like painting, drawing or performing music
  • What you’re like at home, as well as in school – what skills have you developed following outside interests?

2. What type of work is involved?

You will have to do at least one exam for all of your subjects, but many also include coursework which counts towards your final grade. Some subjects aren’t all about written work, and give you the chance to do practical assessments as well. Would that suit you?

3. What do others think?

The choices are yours, but most people look for advice on important decisions.

Parents, carers, family and friends
These people probably know you best, so talking to them can help you work out what might suit you. But remember that they won’t always know a lot about careers or courses you’re interested in.

People at school
Lots of people at school can help:

  • Subject teachers know exactly what studying a subject in Year 10 and 11 involves, and can advise whether it’s right for you
  • The Careers advisor can tell you which subjects and qualifications are useful for particular careers
  • The Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) can arrange support if you have a disability or learning difficulty which affects your studies

Relevant websites

The following web links are worth checking out and will offer a wealth of useful information to help you think about your GCSE options:

www.connexions-direct.com/whichwaynow
www.direct.gov.uk/en/EducationAndLearning/14To19/Years10And11