Woodmanstern Primary

KS4 Options Choices

Please click here to see our options booklet for 2021

The booklet is designed to help pupils and parents/carers to make some important decisions about which subjects they will study at Key Stage 4 (Year 10 and 11).

Please see our YouTube video for more advice on each subject and what to expect.

Time Stamps:

GCSE English: 0.08 - 1.37
GCSE Maths: 1.38 - 4.12
GCSE Science: 4.13 - 8.50
GCSE Art, Craft & Design & GCSE 3D design: 8.51 - 16.10
GCSE Computing: 16.11 - 18.16
GCSE Drama: 18.17 - 20.17
GCSE French: 20.18 - 23.30
GCSE Geography: 23.31 - 25.08
GCSE History: 25.09 - 27.12
GCSE Music: 27.13 - 31.16
GCSE PE: 31.17 - 33.41
GCSE RE: 33.42 - 36.31

 Please see our YouTube video for help choosing your options

 

Please see out YouTube video for the options evening which took place on 21/1/21

Frequently Asked Questions
SUBJECTS

Can you confirm exactly what the options are?
The Options Booklet and ‘Talking Heads’ video on our website will explain what the subjects are. The list of subjects is on the contents page in the booklet. Please follow this link:

https://www.woodmansterne.lambeth.sch.uk/KS4-Options-Choices/

What are the core subjects? How do you get a total of 8 or 9 GCSEs?

All pupils must study English Literature, English Language, Maths and Science (double award). In addition to their 3 option choices, every pupil will study core (non-examination subjects) PE, RS and PSHE. This gives a total of 5 compulsory examination subjects and 3 option subjects = 8. If children opt for the triple science award that adds 1 GCSE = 9 in total.

If a student has strengths in humanities and the arts is there option to study these?

Yes, there are 3 Options choices, covering a variety of subjects, including humanities and arts subjects. We cannot remove the 5 compulsory subjects. All pupils must study English Literature, English Language, Maths and Science (double award).

If your child has an interest in Business Studies are there any options for this?

We do not currently offer Business Studies at KS4, however, it is important to know that this does not stop you studying it at KS5. For KS5 subjects such as Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Sociology, Health and Social Care, teachers assume that pupils are starting at the beginning and do not expect them to have a GCSE in that subject.

The children picked some options last year, from Drama, Music and Computing. Are the options they pick now in addition to these?

The children may continue with the 2 subjects they chose in Year 9, if they wish. They must now select a total of 3 subjects.

What if you want to do all 3 humanities subjects?

We advise a broad and balanced curriculum. Talk to your humanities teachers and they will explain to you about the amount of writing and reading involved in these subjects and advise you to do a maximum of 2 humanities subjects.

For forensics investigation what options would you need to take?

Mr Mirshemirami gave you all a good website to help you to work out what qualifications are needed for particular careers. You can find pathway guidance on the website https://www.ucas.com/ucas/after-gcses/find-career-ideas/explore-jobs  which was shared with you in tutor time. We also recommend the website https://www.firstcareers.co.uk/. It is important that for specific pathways students look directly at the career requirements and work backwards. A career in forensic science, for example, would require a degree in forensic science, or a degree in another science discipline with a postgraduate award in forensic science.

 Is it possible to study 10 GCSEs including Triple Science?

No. Triple Science takes your core subjects up to 6 and you then have a further 3 option subjects to choose from. We made the decision to stick to 8 or 9 to allow you to score the highest grades.

THE PROCESS

When will the booklets be available from?

The booklet is on our website now. Please follow this link https://www.woodmansterne.lambeth.sch.uk/KS4-Options-Choices/

How and when do they choose the options and fill up the form?

The options form will be released on Monday 25th January via email. They click on the link in the email and complete the form online by Monday 1st February, 2021.

Is it a first come first served basis for options?

No, the deadline for all children is 1st February. We look at the choices and try to match with staffing and numbers.

SUPPORT

How will the Guidance interviews happen? Via Teams?

Guidance will take place over the phone, with individual children, not in groups. Guidance interviews are a good opportunity for the children to have a meeting with a senior member of staff  to talk through their choices and future training/career plans, to check things and to ask questions. 

What extra support can be provided in regards to learning in year 10 - eg if a child is struggling?

When we are fully open again, support will be available after school in Study Club, We have capacity at the moment to offer additional literacy and numeracy support where needed and we hope to continue with this into 2021-22. Pupils with additional learning needs will be supported through their SEND provision and with support from the Inclusion team. Any needs identified by teachers will be discussed with the Inclusion team and with parents to plan for support accordingly.