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 Art and Design: Textiles
  • GCSE Dance/BTEC Tech Award – Performing Arts: Dance (TBC)
  • GCSE Geography*
  • GCSE History*
  • GCSE Philosophy and Ethics
  • GCSE Sociology
Design and Technology
  • GCSE Design & Technology (Product Design)
  • GCSE Engineering
  • GCSE Food / AQA Level 2 Food & Catering Technical Award / WJEC Level 2 in Hospitality and Catering
Modern Foreign Languages
  • GCSE French*
  • GCSE Spanish*
Other optional subjects
  • Cambridge Nationals Certificates in Child Development – Level 2
  • GCSE Computer Science*
  • GCSE Physical Education / Cambridge Nationals in Sports Studies
  • Cambridge Nationals in Creative I-Media
  • GCSE Media Studies

*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.