Year 9 Options

The Options process begins early in the Spring Term with a Options 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 2023-25 process (for September 2023 teaching) are:

Art & Design


Sport Studies






Religious Education

Computer Science

Media Studies

Separate Sciences

Design & Technology

GCSE Music

Food Preparation & Nutrition

Music Technology


Options Calendar 2023

Wednesday 1st March 2023                 Year 9 Options Assembly

Thursday 9th March 2023                     Year 9 Options Evening

Tuesday 14th March 2023                    Year 9 Parents Evening (Subjects)

Wednesday 22nd March 2023              Academic Interview Day

Friday 24th March 2023                        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 Raising Standards Leader who are always ready to help.