Year 9 Course Options

The Options process begins early in the Spring Term with a ‘Choices’ assembly and outlines the Options programme.  Pupils are given a Key Stage 4 Options Booklet that details the courses available for Years 10 and 11.

The Options programme is based on the best predictions of what will suit Hurstmere pupils, which includes a broad range of subjects leading to a GCSE qualification and some vocational Technical Awards.

The structure of the curriculum for the two-year course starts with the compulsory National Curriculum.  The following curriculum subjects must be studied by all pupils in Years 10 and 11:

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Combined Science
  • Physical Education (non-exam)
  • Religious Education (non-exam)

Hurstmere School offers Citizenship as part of the common core for all pupils.

Option subjects 2017-18 process (for September 2018 teaching) are:

Art & Design


Physical Education/Sport

Business Studies

Computer Science

Religious Education

Design & Technology

Digital Applications

Systems Control in Engineering

Food & Cookery

Media Studies

Triple Science





Music Technology


Options Calendar 2018-19

Friday 11th January 2019                         Year 9 ‘Choices Assembly’ (pupils only)

Thursday 24th January 2019                    Year 9 Parents’ Evening : 4.00pm – 7.00pm

Thursday 31st January 2019                    Year 9 Options Evening : 4.00pm – 6.00pm

Monday 4th February 2019                            Deadline for Subject Selector Form

Pupils are encouraged to discuss their Option subjects with parents/guardians and to seek the advice of people in school, including the Form Tutors and their Head of Year who are always ready to help.  If pupils require more specific careers information an appointment to see a Careers Adviser via the school is available.

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