Option Subjects

You can choose four subjects from the list below.  At least one of your subjects must be a modern foreign language.  You can choose to study more than one language if you wish (see subjects marked with an *). You can find out more about any of the subjects by clicking on their names in the list below.


Business Studies

Design & Technology







Physical Education

Philosophy & Ethics



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Business Studies

Exam board & specification code: Cambridge IGCSE (1- 9) 0986

What will I study?

One of the key reasons why this subject is so popular at GCSE is that the themes and topics that you will study come directly from everyday life. The best way to think about the course is to imagine that you are going to set up your own business . . . 

First, you will need an idea. Then, you will need to take this idea to potential customers. You will need to produce a business plan to take to a bank or other investors. You will then need to decide the type of business you wish to form, where you will locate yourself and how many employees you will need. Next, you will need to look at production methods and calculate your accounts to see how efficiently your business is running. Finally, you will need to research the help and advice the government gives to start-up businesses.

How will I be assessed?

Two written papers, both 90 minutes in length.

Paper I (80 marks)

Short answer responses with a small amount of stimulus material for each question

Paper 2 (80 marks)

Extended responses with one piece of stimulus material for all four questions

What are the progression opportunities?

Business Studies at GCSE is perfect for those who wish to study IB Business and Management and Economics. It is a natural progression. Business also connects well with languages and psychology and, due to its flexibility, is very popular on combined courses at university.

Who can I contact if I need more information?

Mr Wilson, Business Studies teacher and Head of Middle Tier

Cambridge IGCSE Business Studies


Exam board & specification code: Edexcel 1DR0

What will I study?

In Devising Drama you will create a group performance piece, together with an accompanying written portfolio documenting your creative development. 

In Performance from Text you will present a live performance, by either acting or designing/delivering in a technical capacity. This will be performed for an invited audience and visiting examiner. You will prepare two performance pieces from the same play. 

In Theatre Makers in Practice you will analyse a set text, currently ‘An Inspector Calls’. You will also analyse and evaluate a current, hopefully live, theatrical performance.

How will I be assessed?

Component 1: 40%

Devising Drama. Coursework. Marked by your teacher. Moderated by Edexcel.

Component 2: 20% 

Performance from Text. Practical Exam. Marked by a visiting examiner.

Component 3: 40% 

Theatre Makers in Practice. Written Exam. Marked externally.

What are the progression opportunities?

GCSE Drama is not just for those seeking a career in the Arts industry, it is an outstanding subject to have for any career. Employers, universities and colleges like drama students because their skills are transferable. Students who take drama can communicate well, are self-confident, work effectively in a team, think on their feet and adapt their practice to suit the changing environment. GCSE Drama fully prepares you for the study of IB Theatre and offers a further pathway to BA Hons in Theatre Education, Community Theatre, Costume & Lighting Design, Stage Management and Performance Arts, Theatre, Dance or Music. 

Who can I contact if I need more information?

Ms Galway, Head of Drama

GCSE Drama


Exam board & specification code: Cambridge IGCSE 0976

What will I study?

The course covers aspects of Human and Physical Geography in a context that is appropriate and relevant to our modern world. Issues of local, national and global importance are tackled through the use of a range of resources, personal research, discussion in class and fieldwork. 

The course has three main themes:

Theme 1: Population and Settlement

You will study population dynamics and structure, population density and distribution, migration and settlement. 

Theme 2: The Natural Environment 

You will study earthquakes and volcanoes, rivers, coasts, weather, climate and natural vegetation. 

Theme 3: Economic Development 

You will study food production, industry, tourism, energy, water supply and environmental impacts of economic development. 

There is a fourth area of study, integrated within these themes, that enables you to develop geographical skills, including map skills, and carry out geographical investigations.

How will I be assessed?

Paper 1: Geographical Themes (45%)

This paper is based on Themes 1, 2 or 3. 

Paper 2: Geographical Skills (27.5%)
This paper is based on skills of application, interpretation and analysis of geographical information, e.g. maps, diagrams, graphs, tables of data and photographs. There is always a map skills question.

Paper 4: Alternative to Coursework (27.5%)
As an alternative to coursework, you will be set a series of tasks on issues relating to geographical investigations. The knowledge required for this paper is gained throughout the course.

What are the progression opportunities?

The course provides an excellent foundation for the study of Geography at IB level.

The very nature of Geography and the great breadth of the subject means it combines well with several other subjects at sixth form and degree level. Geography studied at school and beyond is highly sought after by employers as it shows you have had a broad education and developed useful and transferable skills.

Who can I contact if I need more information?

Mr Robson, Head of Geography

Miss Ramsay, Teacher of Geography

Cambridge IGCSE Geography


Exam board & specification code: Edexcel International GCSE in History (4HI1)

What will I study?

A range of varied and interesting twentieth century topics that will help you learn how today’s world has been shaped. This will deepen your understanding of life around you and current affairs.

You will study four main units:

Germany: development of a dictatorship

You will focus on the rise of Hitler and life in Nazi Germany before and during World War Two. This unit will build on what you have studied in year 9.

The Cold War: superpower relations

During this unit you will learn how the Cold War started and various crises, such as the Vietnam War and the Cuban missile crisis.

The USA: 1918-1941

This unit starts with the “Roaring Twenties” in the USA before moving onto the causes and reactions to the Great Depression. 

The Middle East: conflict, crisis and change – 1917 to 2012

In year 10 you will be able to choose the final topic from a list of several options. The Middle East is what the current year 11 have chosen to study.

How will I be assessed?

Two examination papers both 90 minutes in length. 

You will answer a mixture of source-based and essay style questions.

What are the progression opportunities?

History qualifications are highly regarded by businesses and universities because you develop skills in communication, research, independent thinking, problem solving, and analysis. When you move on to sixth form, the skills you learn will help you in all humanities subjects and lay the foundation for IB History or Global Politics if you choose to go down that route. History is beneficial for a variety of careers including law, politics, education, journalism, investment banking and archaeology.

Who can I contact if I need more information?

Miss Cooke, Head of History

Edexcel IGCSE History

Physical Education

Exam board & specification code: AQA 8582

What will I study?

If you are passionate about sport, enjoy participating in a range of activities, and are interested in how sports performance can be improved, then GCSE PE is the course for you. 

You will study seven key areas:

Applied anatomy and physiology

Movement analysis

Physical training

Use of data

Sports psychology

Socio-cultural influences

Health, fitness and wellbeing

If you choose this GCSE, you must commit to improving your practical scores in your own time; it is expected that you will regularly attend sports clubs and play for the College teams. It is also expected that you will work on your practical scores in core PE and Games lessons but, more importantly, outside of school.

It is recommended that you only choose GCSE PE if you play for, or belong to, at least one sports club outside school.

How will I be assessed?

Theory (60%)

Two written papers, both 1 hour and 15 minutes in length.  

You will answer a mixture of multiple choice, short answer and extended answer questions. 

Practical (30%)

Your practical performance will be assessed in three different physical activities in the role of a player/performer: one team activity, one individual activity, and a third in either a team or as an individual.

Coursework (10%)

You will produce a written piece of coursework which provides an opportunity for you to analyse and evaluate your own performance in order to bring about improvement in one of your sports.

What are the progression opportunities?

GCSE PE is an excellent foundation for IB Sports, Exercise and Health Science.

It is also extremely useful for careers in the following areas: Sport Science, Professional Sport, Sports Coaching, Physiotherapy, Sports and Business, Sports and Events Management and more.

Who can I contact if I need more information?

Mr Roberts, Head of Academic P.E



Exam board & specification code: AQA 8698

What will I study?

This stimulating and enjoyable course will develop your ability to understand and use both spoken and written Spanish, teaching practical communication skills and developing your awareness of your own culture and the cultures of Spanish-speaking countries.

You will study three themes:

Identity and culture

Local, national, international and global areas of interest 

Current and future studies and employment

How will I be assessed?

Paper 1: Listening Exam (25%)

Understanding and responding to different types of spoken language.

You will answer questions in both English and French.

Paper 2: Speaking Exam (25%)

Communicating and interacting effectively in speech for a variety of purposes

Paper 3: Reading Exam (25%)

Understanding and responding to different types of written language. 

You will answer questions in both English and French.

Paper 4: Writing Exam (25%)

Communicating effectively in writing for a variety of purposes.

What are the progression opportunities?

Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world with more than 400 million native speakers. With an ever-increasing presence in the global market, Spanish is becoming a business necessity with more and more workplaces in the UK and abroad recruiting Spanish speakers.

It is worth remembering that 90% of the world’s population live in a country where English is not the native tongue and 74% of employers are looking for candidates with language skills.

.Spanish is highly regarded by universities and language knowledge is relevant to a number of degree courses, including Business, Finance, Law, Sales and Marketing, Engineering, Tourism, Leisure, Public Sector, International Institutions, Teaching (Primary and Secondary), Translating, Interpreting and the Media.

A language is compulsory for the IB Diploma and a number of students opt to study IB Spanish at either Ab Initio, Standard or Higher Level each year.

Who can I contact if I need more information?

Mrs Marshall, Head of Modern Foreign Languages, or talk to your Teacher of Spanish

AQA GCSE Spanish



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