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Year 9 Options

Welcome to the Year 9 Options section of the school website. Year 9 is an important time in a child’s school journey. It is considered to be a transition year from Key Stage 3 through to Key Stage 4 and enables students to be GCSE ready.

It is the time when students get to choose what they wish to continue to study, whether they want to look at new GCSE courses or begin to explore vocational and technical awards.

The choices made are important as students have to study the courses for 2 years and complete any assessment work and examinations at the end of the course. The choices made also lay the foundation for the next step of their journey, whether that is to 6th from colleges, apprenticeships and other educational settings to study A-Levels or vocational and technical awards, such as BTECs or T-Levels.

Some Post-16 courses and apprenticeships require students to have studied certain subjects/courses already, and to have achieved a particular grade in those subjects, alongside additional entry requirements related to English and mathematics. These requirements also differ from one educational setting to another. It is therefore important, as part of this process, that students begin to explore their future aspirations and choose courses which complement their aspirations should they have a clear career pathway in mind.

The information and guidance included in the Year 9 Options section of the website will help you understand more about how each course is composed and delivered, as well as how the course is useful for the future.

Each course has an introductory video, information about the course and a section on ‘frequently asked questions’ which you will hopefully find extremely useful. Further information can also be found in the complete Options Booklet.


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Options – FAQs

Interest, engagement and enjoyment in the subject, how useful it is for your future, will it give you a degree of breadth to your choices, how capable you are in the subject if continuing it from Key Stage 3.
You will have received an email confirming if you have been designated to Pathway 1 or 2 and a phone call if you have been placed in pathway 3.
This year the form is online, with a link to each pathway form on the relevant page.
In most cases, yes. But, it is not always possible, with some combinations, if courses are full or if there are not enough students to run the course. This is why we ask you to make 2 reserve choices which you would definitely want to study.
In this example, the subject which would be your first choice is Business Studies in option block B, then DT – Graphics in option block C, then Geography in option block A and then History in option block D.
This will undoubtedly happen for some students, which is fine. However, the earlier the change the better. Once the option blocks have been confirmed and set in stone the choices are then limited. In September we wish all students to be in a situation where they are happy with their choices and are ready to start their Key Stage 4 courses.


Options – Pathway 1

Options – Pathway 2

Options – Pathway 3

For a full overview of all courses click here.


Compulsory Core Curriculum

GCSE English Language and Literature

GCSE Mathematics

GCSE Religious Education

Personal Development

Core PE – all students will continue with their PE each week with dedicated time on the timetable.


EBacc GCSE Options

GCSE Computer Science

GCSE French & German

GCSE Geography

GCSE History

GCSE Science

Additional GCSE Options


GCSE Business

GCSE Design and Technology

GCSE Drama

GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition

GCSE Music


GCSE Photography

Vocational and Technical Awards

BTEC Technical Award Health and Social Care

BTEC Technical Award in Enterprise

NCFE Level 1 Certificate in Food and Cookery

NCFE Level 2 Technical Award in Music Technology

OCR Creative iMedia

OCR Engineering Manufacture

OCR Information Technology

OCR Sport Studies


Head Teacher – Mr P Burke
The Fernwood School, Goodwood Road, Wollaton, Nottingham, NG8 2FT
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