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Year 8 Guided Choices

Year 8 Guided Choices 2021

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This is an exciting time for all young people and, although relatively straightforward for many, it can be a little confusing or overwhelming. To help you, we provide a range of guidance and support about potential choices. The information on these pages is a starting point. The key questions to discuss at home and with your tutor when choosing options will be:

  • In which subjects am I most likely to succeed?
  • Which subjects do I enjoy?
  • Which subjects will enable me to progress to my preferred further education course(s)?
  • How can I achieve the best qualifications to support me in my future life?

There is a range of information available on and through this page to help you make your choices:

  • Subject information pages: Click on the subject you are interested in knowing more about and you will see either a video or narrated powerpoint that talks you through the course, a subject information sheet with key information in one place and then examples of student work so you can see the type of work you will be doing.
  • Important documents: This will include the Guided Choices booklet that explains the process, the subject information booklet which brings together all the subject information sheets and walkthrough guides for setting up the Student SIMS access and completing the Options Online.
  • Key dates: The key dates for the process in one place.

Please use these resources and talk to your teachers, tutor and parents/carers to help you make your decision.

Guided Choices Evening - Parent Event

Powerpoint from evening

Copy of the Q&A from the event

Recorded online event via Teams recorded on 2nd Feb 2021

Subject Information pages

Please click on the subject you are interested in:

Core Curriculum - taken by all

Examined English Language and Literature Mathematics Science
Non-examined PSHE  Philosophy, Religion and Ethics Games

Option Choices

List A - 2 or more of your 5 choices must come from these

Computer Science French Geography
History Spanish  

List B - the remainder of your choices come from here

Art & Design Business Studies Digital Information Technology
DT: 3D Products DT: Fashion and Textiles Drama
Engineering Hair and Beauty Health and Social Care
Hospitality and Catering Media Studies Music
Philosophy, Religion and Ethics (GCSE) PE (GCSE) Sport (BTEC)

Please note for the following subjects you an choose only one and not both:

  • GCSE PE or BTEC Sport but not both
  • DT 3D Products or DT Fashion and Textiles but not both


Important Documents    

Guided Choices Booklet 2021

Subject Information Booklet

Setting up Student SIMS account

Filling in Options Online



Key Dates

  Week commencing 25th January 2021

  Guided Choices booklet issued to students.

  Tuesday 2nd     February 2021

  Year 8 ‘Guided Choices Evening’ ONLINE: 6 - 7pm

For anyone who missed this event or would like to revisit the discussion you can find a recording here and above, as well a a list of the 'questions asked' at the event below

  Tuesday 9th     February 2021

  Year 8 Parents’ Evening: 4 - 6pm
  Your chance to discuss choices with your family and tutor.  

  By Friday 19th March 2021  

Choices complete and final form filled out via 'Options Online'       sessions. These will be done in Year 8 ICT lessons if in school and remotely if not.