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Year 9 GCSE Options Process

At Cardinal Newman Catholic School students are given a great deal of support to help them choose their GCSE options. Students currently choose their options in the Spring term of Year 9, with them starting their GCSE courses at the beginning of Year 10. Throughout the options process your child will be supported thoroughly and listed below is some examples of the support that students receive on the run up to their GCSE option selections:

  • Taster sessions for new subjects
  • Assemblies outlining the options process and subject choices
  • Options evening
  • Options booklets
  • Discussion with tutors and subject staff


What choices do students have?

All students study the following GCSE examined subjects, as part of the core curriculum at Cardinal Newman:

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Triple Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics)
  • Religious Education

Students also continue to study the following non-examined subjects:

  • Physical Education
  • PSHE

Students then select either History or Geography.

Students then have a further two optional subjects that they can choose from our extensive list of subjects. Some of these courses are GCSE courses and some are level 2 vocational courses, so your child can select the subjects that interest them the most and support in their further pathways.

Please find attached the Options booklet for students selecting their options subjects in Spring 2024.

If you would like any further information then, please contact Mrs Scanlon – Assistant Head (