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Options booklet - Year 9 Options Booklet 2022-2023
Welcome to St Anselm’s Options evening information page. This page will be updated as we get closer to option evening event, this will take place on the 26th April 2023.
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.
Progressing into Key Stage 4 is an important and exciting new phase in your lives. You have been given a foundation in a broad 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.
In addition to the broad set of subjects we have on offer we also ensure that everyone who wishes to has the opportunity to access the English Baccalaureate - The EBacc is a set of subjects at GCSE that keeps young people’s options open for further study and future careers, which consists of taking each of the following
English language and literature
Geography or History
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 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 here. Students should then aim to fill all the remaining ‘buckets’ with their option choices which can be found in the option booklet provided.