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GCSE and Vocational Options for Key Stage 4

Year 9 is an exciting point in the educational journey of our young people, when we encourage them to focus on the subjects they are passionate about; investigate new subjects with curiosity and have the courage to challenge themselves to achieve.

“Options" are a vital set of decisions in a young person’s academic life.  Even though some of the curriculum at Key Stage 4 is prescribed, this is the first time that young people will have any degree of choice in which subjects they can study.  When considering the information within the options booklet, we encourage students to think about their next steps after GCSE.  Further Education providers and employers want to see students who have good qualifications in a range of subject areas.  As a consequence, considerable time and thought should be applied to choosing wisely.  Miss Romain, Pembroke Academy’s Careers Leader, will be on hand to offer help and support throughout the process.  There will also be an opportunity to discuss the courses your child is interested in during the Parents Evening and Options Evening on Thursday 7th March 2024.  

At Priory Pembroke Academy every student has the opportunity to study a broad and balanced curriculum, including the English Baccalaureate combination of GCSEs in English, Mathematics, Science, Modern Foreign Languages and one of the humanities subjects; either History or Geography. Students will also have a wide range of other subjects available to them. 

Regardless of whether they decide to pursue the EBacc route, all students will be expected to choose either History or Geography as one of their options. A student can opt for both subjects.

You can read more about each qualification by clicking the links below.

Compulsory Qualifications:  All students will study the subjects below
English Language     English Literature   
Mathematics    Combined Science


Students must choose either GCSE History or GCSE Geography. They can study both.   Geography History


Students must then choose three of the following subjects. Art and Design Citizenship
Computer Science D & T Timber Drama
Hospitality and Catering Media Studies Btec Music Tech
Photography Religious Studies Spanish
Sports Science Statistics Triple Science