Choosing Your GCSE Options

In 2017 our options process is changing. This year both Y9 and Y10 will begin to study GCSE subjects, this is due to Y8s selecting their GCSE subjects earlier.

 There are core subjects that you must study, but you can choose the other subjects - these are called your Options.  

Here are the key dates and stages to complete in the Options process:

  • Step 1: The Options booklet is distributed to all Year 8 & 9 students.
  • Step 2: Go to the Options Evening on 9th November with your parents. You can discuss any of the subjects with your teachers.
  • Step 3: Make your final Options choices. Fill in and submit the paper Options form to your Form Tutor by 23rd November 2017.


Not sure what to choose?

If you are not sure about what to choose, talk to your teachers, your tutor and your parents, carers or guardians or have a look online at  or investigate through

Note: GCSE gradings change in Sept 2015. A*-C becomes 9-1. Please see the Ofqual explanation of the way grades have altered. Click on the image below to vist the Ofqual website.

We are committed to achieving the highest standards in our schools. That’s why we have revised our GCSE qualifications in England to make them more demanding. We have done this so our young people have the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in 21st century Britain, and to match those of their peers in high-performing education systems elsewhere in the world.

The new qualifications are the result of a long and careful process of reform and involved extensive consultation with schools, universities and employers.

The new, more challenging GCSEs will help young people‎ develop the skills that employers tell us they need.

Not all GCSEs are changing at once – English language, English literature and maths were the first to change, with students sitting these exams in the summer of 2017. You can find the list of subjects in which students will be sitting reformed GCSEs in 2018 in our factsheet.