Choosing Your GCSE Options

Welcome to your future! On this page, you will find all the information you need for the GCSE Options process 20-21. Things are will be a little different during the Coronavirus pandemic, however we are aiming as closely as possible to keep to the same time frame.

Below, you will find recorded information about the GCSE Options process. This would normally have been given to you on Options Evening. You will also find information about core and option GCSE Subjects; as well as some helpful links and advice to help support you choose what’s right for you.

You will be invited (by email) to complete your options choices from Monday 8 February. Virtual Parents’ Evening will be held on 23/24/25 February. The deadline for submitting your choices is Midnight 26 February. During this time, please use the information below and on the subject pages to learn more about the options available to you.

Introduction to GCSE Options 2021

Please watch the video below from Deputy Principal, Mr. Barns who will give you a more detailed overview of the process.

To view the video, you will need to log in with your school email address (@student.attleboroughacademy.org) and password.

GCSE Options Booklet

Step 1: Think of yourself

You might want to think about what you want to do in the future, or think about what you enjoy doing and choose the options that are best for you. icanbea… has a careers wizard that matches your interests to potential jobs. You can complete the careers wizard here, or browse different job roles and see the qualifications you need.

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Your GCSE options should be decided by you, and you only! So don’t:

  • Choose options because your friends are
  • Choose options because you like a particular teacher
  • Rule out options because you don’t like a particular teacher

Do:

  • Choose subjects that will be useful to you on the future
  • Choose subjects that you enjoy
  • Choose a range of options that will keep you interested and happy over two years
  • Attend options evening to find out what the courses are like before you choose
  • Research the style of assessment you prefer (coursework vs exam)
  • Ask teachers questions about the GCSE courses for your option ideas

Step 2: See what is available

Below, you will find links to recorded information about each GCSE Subject and Options. This would normally have been given at Options Evening. To find out more, you can view the subject pages.

To view the videos, you will need to log in with your school email address (@student.attleboroughacademy.org) and password.

Core Subjects

English and Media Faculty

Expressive Arts Faculty

Humanities Faculty

PSHCE Faculty

Technologies Faculty

Step 3: Talk to your parents

Discuss your choices and options with your parents. They can help you research the different courses and give you ideas to help you make your choices.

Step 4: Apply!

When you’ve made your mind up, you will be able to apply! When you apply, you will be asked to enter 6 subjects:

  • 4 top choices (ranked)
  • 2 reserve choices (ranked)

This means you have the choice of 4 GCSE options, which is more than most schools in the UK.

We ask you to rank your choices, so we prioritise your top choices. We will try our best to get you your top 4 choices, but sometimes this isn’t possible because of the combination of options you have made, or due to class numbers. Therefore, make sure your 2 reserve choices are subjects are also subjects you would like to study.

Options are allocated after the closing date, and are not allocated on a first come first served basis.

You will be invited (by email) to complete your options choices from Monday 8 February. The deadline for submitting your choices is Midnight 26 February.

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