Thomas Estley Community College


Key Stage Four Options

During Year 9, you will fully develop and use skills and knowledge acquired from your first two years of secondary schooling, be assessed in all curriculum areas, and make final choices about Key Stage Four study which will influence your future career pathways as well as opportunities in further and higher education. You will also begin GCSE work in some subject areas.

NEW! Download our Options Prospectus 2018

Download our KS4 Prospectus 2017

Key Stage Four curriculum

Students study a core curriculum and four options from a wide range customised to suit a range of interests and abilities. Almost all students will study nine full GCSE subjects as well as an additional short course GCSE in Philosophy and Ethics.

Core curriculum

  • English Language, GCSE
  • English Literature, GCSE
  • Mathematics, GCSE
  • Double Science, GCSE
  • Religious Studies, GCSE (Short course)
  • Physical Education, Core (no examination)


  • Art and Design: Fine Art, GCSE
  • ASDAN CoPE, Level 1/2 Award
  • Business Studies, GCSE
  • Citizenship, GCSE*
  • Computer Science, GCSE
  • Dance, GCSE
  • Dance, GCSE
  • Drama, GCSE
  • Economics, GCSE*
  • Food Preparation & Nutrition, GCSE
  • French, GCSE
  • Geography, GCSE
  • Health and Social Care, Technical Award
  • History, GCSE
  • Information Technology, Technical Award
  • Music, GCSE
  • Physical Education, GCSE
  • Psychology, GCSE*
  • Resistant Materials, GCSE
  • Separate Sciences, GCSE
  • Spanish, GCSE
  • Textiles, GCSE


Choosing my options

Support you will receive in making your options: 

Options tasters in lessons

Options booklet

Options evening

Careers advice and guidance

Tutor advice and guidance

Ongoing assessment and subject reports

Individual meetings as needed

Useful sources of information:

Your parents

Your teachers and tutor

Teachers of option subjects

National Careers Service (careers advice)

UCAS (post-16 and careers advice)

Which? (how important are GCSE choices?)


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