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Options 2021

We have reached an exciting point in the educational journey of our young people, when we encourage students 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 below, 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.  Mrs Doughty, Pembroke Academy’s Careers Leader, will be on hand to offer help and support throughout the process.

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, two GCSE Science qualifications, 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.  You can read more about each qualification by clicking the links below.

Compulsory Qualifications:

English Language    

English Literature   


Combined Science

Option Block 1 Qualifications: Students must choose one of the following qualifications.  These subjects have been chosen to complement the compulsory elements of the Key Stage 4 curriculum.  All students will continue to study PSHMRE, and the study of Citizenship will allow students to develop this into a GCSE qualification.  GCSE Statistics will provide an additional mathematics qualification for those with a passion for the subject.  Btec Music Tech will allow student to continue their study of an arts subject. 


Citizenship Music

Option Block 2 Qualifications: Students must choose one of the following qualifications.  The Humanities are recognised as essential elements of the English Baccalaureate, and we believe that the study of at least one of these subjects will provide students with an understanding of the world we live in.  Students can study both subjects, by selecting one in this block, and the other in Option Block 3.



Option Block 3 Qualifications: Students must choose two of the following qualifications.  

Art and Design

Art Textiles Creative iMedia Drama

Food & Nutrition

Spanish Media Studies Photography
Sports Science D & T Timber Triple Science



Please take the opportunity to watch the options video put together by staff before signing and returning the options form by Friday 26th March 2021. The video is very long so a list of timings for subjects has been made so you can fast forward and rewind to the subject you would like to view. You need to click transcript to see the timings and subjects.

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Options evening will take place on Thursday 18th March 2021, this will be facilitated through Teams. You can book a slot with the teachers from the subjects you are thinking about opting for and be able to meet with them to discuss it. You can also make an appointment with teachers from the subjects that are compulsory if you wish to discuss anything further. To book you slot please follow the link in the letter to parents dated 12th March 2021.


Mrs K Black

Head of Year 9 and 10