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Year 8 Guided Choices

Year 8 Guided Choices 2024

Jump to: Guided Choices Evening   Subject Information Pages   Important Documents   Key Dates

This is an exciting time for all young people and, although relatively straightforward for many, it can be a little confusing or overwhelming. To help you, we provide a range of guidance and support about potential choices. The information on these pages is a starting point. The key questions to discuss at home and with your tutor when choosing options will be:

  • In which subjects am I most likely to succeed?
  • Which subjects do I enjoy?
  • Which subjects will enable me to progress to my preferred further education course(s)?
  • How can I achieve the best qualifications to support me in my future life?

There is a range of information available on and through this page to help you make your choices:

  • Subject information pages: Click on the subject you are interested in knowing more about and you will see either a video or narrated powerpoint that talks you through the course, a subject information sheet with key information in one place and then examples of student work so you can see the type of work you will be doing.
  • Important documents: This will include the Guided Choices booklet that explains the process, the subject information booklet which brings together all the subject information sheets and walkthrough guides for setting up the Student SIMS access and completing the Options Online.

  • Key dates: The key dates for the process in one place.

Please use these resources and talk to your teachers, tutor and parents/carers to help you make your decision.

When you have made your decision please click this link to access the Options Online System.


Guided Choices Evening - Parent Event - Tue 13th Feb 2024

Guided Choices Evening presentation (pdf)


Subject Information pages

Please click on the subject you are interested in:

Core Curriculum - taken by all

Examined English Language and Literature Mathematics Science
Non-examined PSHE  Philosophy, Religion and Ethics Games

Option Choices

List 1 - 2 of your 5 choices come from this list.

French Geography History
Philosophy, Religion and Ethics (GCSE) Spanish  

List 2 - the remainder of your 5 choices. Please note 1st choice, 2nd choice and a reserve.

Art & Design Business Studies Computer Science
Design Technology: 3D Products Design Technology: Fashion and Textiles Drama
Economics Engineering French
Hair and Beauty (C&G Technical Award) History Health and Social Care (Cambridge National)
Hospitality and Catering (Vocational Award) Media Studies Music
PE (GCSE) Sport (Cambridge National)  

Please note for the following subjects you can choose only one and not both:

  • PE (GCSE) or Sport (Cambridge National) but not both
  • Design Technology: 3D Products or Design Technology: Fashion and Textiles but not both

Students will be allocated 4 subject choices in total for their Year 9 programme.


Important Documents                  

Guided Choices Booklet 2024

Subject Information Booklet 2024

Qualification assessment summary

Setting up Student SIMS account

Filling in Options Online



Key Dates

  By Friday 9th   February 2024

  Guided Choices booklet issued to students and information available on the College website

  Tuesday 13th  February 2024

 Year 8 ‘Guided Choices Evening’ - in college

5.30 – 6.30pm: Surnames A - K
6.30 – 7.30pm: Surnames L - Z

Wednesday 14th    February 2024

Options Online System goes live for student choices

 Tuesday 19th March 2024

Year 8 Meet the Tutor Evening:
  Your chance to discuss choices with your family and tutor

  1pm Monday 25th March 2024 

Choices complete and final form filled out via 'Options Online' system