Year 8 Options

At Swanmore, pupils follow a 3 Year Key Stage 4 and therefore are offered the opportunity to select their GCSE subjects during Year 8 ready to commence these in Year 9.

Options Subjects

In Key Stage 4, pupils begin their GCSE (or equivalent) examination courses. In addition to core subjects, pupils choose four further subjects in Year 9 from the list below. At the end of Year 9, all pupils drop one of their option choices and continue with three option subjects in Year 10 & Year 11. One of those three choices must be either History, Geography or a Modern Foreign Language.

  • GCSE Art and Design
  • GCSE Art and Design: Photography
  • GCSE Drama
  • GCSE Music
  • GCSE Geography*
  • GCSE History*
  • GCSE Religious Studies
Design and Technology
  • GCSE Design & Technology (Product Design)/ AQA Level 2 Materials Technology Technical Award
  • GCSE Design & Technology (Textiles)/ AQA Level 2 Fashion and Textiles Technical Award
Modern Foreign Languages
  • GCSE French*
  • GCSE Spanish*
Other optional subjects
  • Cambridge Nationals Certificate in Child Development- Level 2
  • GCSE Computer Science*
  • GCSE Dance
  • GCSE Engineering/ Cambridge Nationals in Engineering Manufacturing/ NCFE Certificate in Engineering Studies (VCert)
  • GCSE Food /AQA Level 2 Food & Catering Technical Award/ NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Food and Cookery (VCert)
  • GCSE Physical Education/ NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Health and Fitness (VCert)
  •  ICT qualification: either BCS European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) or Cambridge Nationals Certificate in ICT- Level 2

*English Baccalaureate subjects

Please note that options are restricted to one per pre-set option block. Option choices are communicated to Year 8 in the spring and are subject to change.