Option Evening

The options information evening will be taking place on Tuesday, 21 January 2020. You will have received a letter about this, therefore please click here to advise us of your attendance and of your son’s/daughter’s intended subject interest for the evening talks. You must confirm your attendance by Friday, 10 January 2020.

Option Choices

After the options evening you will need to choose your chosen options by clicking on this link. Below you can click on the subject to find out more information about what is involved with regard to course content and examination/assessment criteria.  The closing date for choosing your options is Friday, 14 February 2020.

If you are having any queries with choosing your options, then please don’t hesitate to contact the following members of staff:-

esmith@gilesacademy.co.uk, Head of Year for general advice.

Mr Davison, Head of Giles Futures for careers advice.

Core Curriculum

The curriculum is designed to ensure that students have a broad and balanced education to allow them to have a wide choice of pathways at 16.  The Key Stage 4 curriculum allows for the incremental development of knowledge and skills from Key Stage 3 and it is made up of subjects which students are required to study (this is called Core Curriculum) and subjects that they can select to study (this is called Options or Vocational Curriculum).  The table below shows that the Core Curriculum occupies 70% (40 out of 60 lessons) of your child’s timetable in Year 9, 10 and 11.

Core Curriculum
Subject GCSE/Equivalent Periods per Fortnight
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
English Language & English Literature 2 12 12 12
Mathematics 1 12 12 12
Combined Science 2 11 11 11
Philosophy and Ethics (not examined) 2 2 2
Physical Education (inc Swimming) (not examined) 5 5 5
Total number of GCSE / Lessons 5 42 42 42

Vocational Curriculum (Options)

In addition to studying the Core Curriculum, your child will also be able to select 4 Option subjects.  Your child will be guided to which options will be most appropriate for them to enable them to achieve the best possible outcomes to support future aspirations.  This is based on their prior attainment (Key Stage 2), Key Stage 3 progress and Key Stage 4 expected outcomes.  The options occupy 30% (18 out of 60 lessons) of your child’s timetable in Year 9, 10 and 11.

Vocational Curriculum
Subject GCSE/Equivalent Periods per Fortnight
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
Option A 1 6 6 6
Option B 1 6 6 6
Option C 1 6 6 6
Total number of GCSE / Lessons 3 18 18 18

This year, your child has 22 different option subjects to choose from.  We expect your child to choose at least one EBacc subject, one of them being Geography and/or History.  It is imperative that your child selects courses based on future career preferences within the curriculum structure offered at the Giles Academy, a Grammar curriculum and a Vocational curriculum is available to meet your child’s needs.  A preliminary option process will allow us the best chance to offer your child their preferred option of subjects taking into account restrictions on timetable structures and curriculum.

English Baccalaureate (EBacc) Options

Modern Foreign Language (French, or Spanish)




Vocational Options

Art, Craft & Design (Combined Arts)

Fine Arts (Fusion Booklet)

Business Studies

Design & Technology (Timber or Textiles)

Digital Information Technology (DIT)

Food Preparation and Nutrition

Graphic Design

Health and Social Care



Performing Arts



Religious Studies

Sport Science