Year 9 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 2021-22 process (for September 2021 teaching) are:

Art & Design


Physical Education/Sport






Religious Education

Computer Science

Media Studies


Design & Technology


Food Technology

Music Technology


Options Calendar 2021

w/c 11th January 2021                             online ‘Choices Presentation' (see link below)

w/c 18th January 2021                             Subject Presentations (via link below)

Year 9 Options Presentations 

Thursday 21st January 2021                   online subject Q & A

Q&A Webinar recordings

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

Tuesday 2nd February 2021                    online Academic Interview Day

Friday 5th February 2021                         Subject Selector Form deadline


Key Stage 4 Options Booklet


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.