Year Eight Options 2022

At Chauncy, we offer an exciting and inspiring curriculum. By regularly reviewing our curriculum, we ensure that it continues to meet the needs of students and prepares them well for the future.

As such, from Year Nine, you will have more choice about which subjects you will study. You will make some choices now, ready for the start of Year Nine and some later, ready for the start of Year Ten.

Our Year 9 curriculum

In Year Nine all students will study a core curriculum of English, Maths, Science, Geography, History, Art and Design, and Core PE. In addition, you will follow a carousel of lessons in ICT, Enterprise, Media, Psychology/Health and Social Care and Citizenship to introduce you to some of the new subjects available at Key Stage 4.

The table shows the Year 9 curriculum, with the number of hours per fortnight spent studying each subject:

EnglishScienceMathsGeographyHistoryArt & DesignPETaster CarouselOption AOption B
Types of Qualification

There are two types of qualifications at Key Stage 4:

  • GCSE 9 – 1
  • Technical Awards

GCSEs are assessed primarily through final examinations and grades are awarded on a 9 to 1 scale. GCSEs do not usually have coursework or controlled assessments.

Technical Awards take a more practical approach and are assessed through coursework and/or controlled assessments alongside the external exam component. Technical Awards equate to GCSE grades as follows:

Level 2
Distinction* 8.5
Distinction 7
Merit 5.5
Pass 4
Level 1
Distinction 3
Merit 2
Pass 1.25
Choosing your Options

You should spend time thinking and talking to your teachers and family about which subjects are the best choices for you. Choose subjects that you enjoy, believe you can succeed in, and think about whether a subject is important for your future. Students can talk to their teachers by e-mail and their addresses can be found here:

Here are the option blocks for the two option subjects that you will study in Year 9:

Option A
3D Design
Physical Education (GCSE or Technical Award)
RE, Philosophy and Ethics
Option B
3D Design
Physical Education (GCSE or Technical Award)
RE, Philosophy & Ethics

To achieve the English Baccalaureate, you would need to study for GCSEs in English Language, Maths, Science, a humanity subject (History or Geography) and a modern foreign language. Whilst we would encourage you to choose a modern foreign language, the EBacc is not compulsory and you may choose a different subject from Option A.

Please click on the link below to open our online options form:

Year 9 Option Subjects

Please select ONE subject from each option box on the form. You should complete the form by Friday 20th May 2022.

Years 10 and 11

As you move into Year Ten, you will have the opportunity to make further choices about what you would like to study.

You will continue to study the subjects that you chose in Year Nine alongside the core curriculum of English, Maths, Science and PE. You will then make two more choices from the following option blocks, one of which must be Geography or History:

Option COption D
Enterprise Technical Award
Health & Social Care Technical Award 
ICT Technical Award

The Year Ten curriculum is summarised below, with the number of hours per fortnight spent studying each subject:

EnglishMathsSciencePEPSHEOption AOption BOption COption D