Year 9 Options

It is really important for students at APA to follow ambitiously  broad and balanced curriculum at GCSE level.  This means that we direct all students where possible to follow the EBACC range of subjects which includes English literature, English Language, Maths, science, a language of your choice and a humanities subject.  This is why we have one main pathway through to GCSE for the majority of students and a foundational pathway for a selected group of students based upon our data analysis. 

Choosing the courses you’d like to study in year 10 and year 11 is an important milestone in your education. Although for some having the opportunity to create your own curriculum is exciting, it can also raise a number difficult questions: Which subjects are right for me? Which careers compliment my choices? What if I still don’t know what I want to do? 
For 2022, the majority of our current year 9 students will have to decide whether they want to do:

  • French or Spanish 
  • Geography or History 
  • Double Science or Triple Science

In addition to this they will choose one additional option from the following list: Geography, History, DT, Art, Media, Business Enterprise, Sport and Sociology 
If you are on the foundational pathway you can access all of the above plus some additional subjects 
The Options Booklet and Options Evening are designed to make this time less worrying for you and your parents or carers. Combined with our Options activities, I hope that you’ll be able to make an informed decision about your learning and confidently choose subjects that suit your aspirations, skills and needs. For example if you are choosing between a vocational subject and a traditional GCSE you will need to understand the difference between these qualifications and how they cater for different types of learners. 

Options Evening is scheduled for March 2nd 2022. This is your opportunity to find out more about the options process so please save the date in your diary. 
The first step is exploring the different subjects on offer, please see below.

If you have any questions please contact Ms Rout

What Will I Learn?

Please click on the boxes below to view subject videos. These videos will give you a breakdown of what you can expect to learn in Y10 & 11. 

Where Will My Subject Take Me?