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Option choices

Following the study of a broad common curriculum during years 7,8 and 9, students will make choices on which subjects to study at the end of year 9, before undertaking these in Year 10 and 11. Full details of the choices on offer can be found in the following option booklets which can be accessed by clicking on the link, please also read the following information.

Option Choices 2020-21

Subject Video

Online Options Form 

Option Evening Recording (you will need a student 365 login to view this video)


Welcome to St Anselm’s Options evening information page. This year, instead of an options evening, you will be able to find out about all of the subjects through the school website and the option evening booklet provided to you. Each department has also made a short video telling you about the subjects they offer. You should also ask your teachers and the Heads of Departments if you have any questions.

Progressing into Key Stage 4 is an important and exciting new phase in your lives. You have been given a foundation in a wide range of subject areas since Year 7 and now have the opportunity to increasingly direct your own learning and pursue some subjects with a heightened focus.

At St Anselm’s we are extremely proud of the range of subjects we have on offer and we work hard to make sure all students experience a high-quality curriculum. It is very important that you choose subjects that play to your interests and strengths. The choices you make now will affect the subject choices you make at sixteen and eighteen – whether that involves ‘A’ levels/BTEC and university, further education, training or employment.

When making your choices, you should consider the following questions to ensure that you are picking the most appropriate subject for yourself and not because your friends and also take the subject:
1) What am I really interested in?
2) What am I good at?
3) What do I enjoy doing?
4) What is relevant to my future studies or possible career choice?

How you select your options is important too and is often referred to ‘buckets’ and ‘Attainment 8’. Below you will find a simple explanation as to how this works.

Attainment 8 is calculated by adding together a student's highest scores across eight government approved qualifications. These are divided into three categories, which are being called “buckets”:

Bucket 1 - English and Maths, which are worth double marks, but English will only count for double marks if both English Literature and English (ie English Language) are taken; the higher grade of the two is used.

Bucket 2 – the top three scores from the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) subjects taken, ie Sciences, Computer Science, History, Geography and languages.

Bucket 3 – the top three scores from remaining EBacc subjects or other government approved qualifications (eg other GCSEs or Level 2 Certificates in some technical subjects).


The Core Subjects are studied by all subjects and no options is required here. Students should then aim to fill all the remaining ‘buckets’ with their option choices which can be found in the option booklet provided.