Year 8 Options

Isca Academy GCSE Options Process

2019 Options Presentation for Parents
Year 8 Options Process for 2019

How do we approach the GCSE Options Process at Isca Academy?

Our GCSE Options process begins in the Spring term of Year 8. Students make choices about which subjects they will continue towards a GCSE-level qualification. Our students begin to study their GCSE courses in Year 9 so that they have plenty of time to study the subject in depth. A three-year course allows students to engage with the complex ideas and knowledge the new GCSE specifications require. 

All students study the following core subjects in Year 9:  

Students must choose at least one subject from the group below. These subjects are known as the “EBacc” subjects*. 

*These subjects are often needed to gain entry into academic courses at universities. A student achieves the EBacc if he or she achieves a Grade 4 or better in the following subjects

Our option subjects are grouped into blocks to enable timetabling and staffing to work across the school. Below is an example of the blocks model last year. Students choose one subject from each block. 

Option block A
French
Computing
Geography
History
Dance
Resistant Materials
Drama

Option block B
French
Geography
History
Spanish
Art
Drama
Food and Nutrition
Photography

Option block C
Geography
History
Spanish
Futsal
PE
Food and Nutrition
Music

What happens if a student wishes to change their Option course?

We want every student to make careful, informed choices for their Option subjects; this is why we devote considerable time in Year 8 to supporting students with advice and information before a decision is submitted. Where a student wishes to change a subject, we ask for written parental confirmation supporting this change, before examining whether a change is possible. 

We consider this on a case-by-case basis, considering the reasons behind the wish to change subjects as well as restrictions that may exist because of timetable, staffing or group sizes. We have often been able to facilitate such changes but there have been instances where it has not been possible to change a student’s GCSE course. Please be prepared for this. 

 

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