Year 9 Options

The Options process begins early in the Spring Term with a Options 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)
  • PSHE (non-exam)
  • Religious Education (non-exam)

Option subjects 2024-26 process (for September 2024 teaching) are:

Art & Design





Religious Education


Hospitality & Catering

Separate Sciences

Computer Science

Media Studies


Design & Technology

GCSE Music


Music Technology


Options Calendar 2024

Wednesday 28th February 2024           Year 9 Options Assembly

Thursday 7th March 2024                     Year 9 Options Evening

Thursday 14th March 2024                  Year 9 Parents Evening (Subjects)

Wednesday 20th March 2024               Academic Mentoring Interview Day

Friday 22nd March 2024                       Subject Selector Form deadline


Key Stage 4 Options Booklet


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 Raising Standards Leader who are always ready to help.