Year 9 Course Options

The Options process begins early in the Spring Term with a ‘Choices’ assembly and outlines the Options programme.  Pupils are given a Key Stage 4 Options Booklet that details the courses available for Years 10 and 11.

The Options programme is based on the best predictions of what will suit Hurstmere pupils, which includes a broad range of subjects leading to a GCSE qualification and some vocational Technical Awards.

The structure of the curriculum for the two-year course starts with the compulsory National Curriculum.  The following curriculum subjects must be studied by all pupils in Years 10 and 11:

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Combined Science
  • Physical Education (non-exam)
  • Religious Education (non-exam)

Hurstmere School offers Citizenship as part of the common core for all pupils.

Option subjects 2020-21 process (for September 2020 teaching) are:

Art & Design


Music Technology



Physical Education/Sport


IT Computer Science


Design & Technology

IT Creative iMedia

Religious Education

Food Technology

Media Studies

Separate Sciences




Options Calendar 2019-20

Friday 8th January 2021                           Year 9 ‘Choices Assembly’ (pupils only)

Thursday 21st January 2021                   Year 9 Options Evening : 3.35pm – 6.00pm

* Please note an Options Information Talk will start promptly at 3.45pm.

Thursday 28th January 2021                   Year 9 Parents’ Evening : 4.00pm – 7.00pm   

Tuesday 2nd February 2021                    Year 9 Academic Interview Day

Friday 5th February 2021                         Subject Selector Form must be returned to the School Office (if not already handed in at the Academic Interview Day)




Pupils are encouraged to discuss their Option subjects with parents/guardians and to seek the advice of people in school, including the Form Tutors and their Head of Year who are always ready to help.  If pupils require more specific careers information an appointment to see a Careers Adviser via the school is available.

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