Choosing Key Stage 4 options
Year 9 students choose their options by following the steps below:
- Watch the options process video
- Read the options booklet
- Watch the subject information videos
- Ask questions
- Complete and submit the options form
Read on for more information...
1. Watch the options process video
In this video, Mr Dalrymple will explain the process to follow in order to choose the subjects to be studied in Years 10 and 11.
2. Read the options booklet
Year 9 students have received a copy of the Options Booklet, giving them information about the subjects available for study in Years 10 and 11, the options process and where to go for advice. This booklet can also be downloaded below:
3. Watch the subject information videos
These videos will give you more detail about the subjects available for study in Years 10 and 11. Students can use them, together with information they receive in assemblies and in class to guide their choices.
videos about core subjects
videos about optional subjects
art and design (fine art)
art and design (photography)
food preparation and nutrition
health and social care
hospitality and catering
modern foreign languages
Religious education (R.E.) / philosophy
4. Ask questions
The answers to frequently asked questions are given below.
What are the key dates in the process?
- Week beginning 3 January: Options assembly, subjects advertised in lessons, in-school guidance
- Wednesday 5 January: Options booklet distributed to students
- Monday 10 January: Options form distributed to students
- Wednesday 19 January: Options information available at www.silverdale-chorustrust.org/ks4options
- Monday 24 January – Friday 11 February: Guidance interviews with Senior Leadership Team
- Monday 21 February: options forms to be handed in to Key Stage 3 Office
What is the English Baccalaureate (EBacc)?
Students may wish to study a suite of qualifications called the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) – namely GCSEs in Maths, English, Science, (Computer Science counts as one of the Science subjects), a Language and a Humanity (either History or Geography). Students entered for a GCSE language must take either History or Geography or both, in order to achieve the EBacc.
By studying the EBacc suite of qualifications our students have a wide range of options available to them at both post-16 and degree level.
What careers information is available for students?
- visit the Careers Library / Library.
- use Unifrog (an award winning online careers platform). Log on details have been sent to Year 9 students via their school email address.
- Speak with Mrs Elmore, our Careers Manager.
- Visit the following websites:
If you still have queries, please let us know by completing the online form.
5. Submit the options form
The hard copy options form has been handed to all Year 9 students. It is also available to download here:
This should be completed and returned to the Key Stage 3 Office by Monday 21st February 2022 (the first day back after the half-term holiday).