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Year 10 GCSE Options


Key Stage 4 covers Year 10 and 11 and it is at this stage that Year 9 students can start deciding which subjects they require to further their aspirations. Whilst some courses are compulsory others are optional and thus selecting the subjects to study is known as 'Options'.

Choosing your option subjects is an important process as these form the passport for entry to further and higher education as well as employment.

It is important you understand what each of the optional courses contain, how they are assessed and where they lead to in the future.

Useful websites:

The Principal's Address

Please select a video below to hear from the Principal about the curriculum options available to you.

Choosing courses

When making your option choices you need to find out as much information beforehand to ensure you are making the right choice. As well as exploring the website you can also talk to your Form tutor, Subject teachers, Careers and Guidance teachers, Parents and of course Employers.

Do not make choices based on the following:

  • My friends have chosen it
  • I like my current Year 9 teacher
  • It sounds easy or 'different'
  • It sounds good / cool
  • My family member took it and liked it
  • It's new and I've never done it before

All students will study the CORE CURRICULUM, which is compulsory. The subjects that make up the core are:

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Students in the H Band will be required to take a language

Subject Information

Please click on the subject title below to view a video to understand more about what the course has to offer.

Useful websites:

Instructions for choosing option subjects online:

This year, students will need to register then choose their subjects online.

How to register:

Full step-by-step instructions on how to do this are available here:


Students need to follow the instructions in the step by step guide above. Students can start choosing their options using the link sent to their Academy email address from Monday March 27th until Friday 31st March.

Places on courses is not guaranteed as some courses have a limited number of places. The Academy will make the final decision on whether courses will run and who is allowed to do certain subjects.

If you are struggling with completing your options please email


The Academy will send you a link to the email address that you have provided the Academy. If you do not receive an email, please could you contact the Academy. You can then review your child's option choices.

How do students make their choices?


*Make sure you have watched the videos that are on this webpage and spoken to your subject teachers and parents before making your choices.*

Go to the SIMS Options Online log in page Sign in with your Microsoft account using your Academy email address and password.

The options which are available to you to select will appear on the screen. You will need to complete each box to select your options.


Go to the SIMS Options Online log in page You will then be able to review your child's choices.