KS4 Options

At William Howard School, we understand the importance of supporting your child through the choices that will determine their journey in the next stage of their school experience. The options process has been designed to provide the structure, advice and guidance needed to make informed decisions about the qualifications that will be studied.

We advise students to maintain a broad and balanced choice of subjects to ensure that future pathways are kept open. Although career direction and particular interests are important, we believe that students are more likely to succeed if they choose subjects that they enjoy and have a keen interest in. Equally, we strongly recommend that students choose subjects that equate to achieving the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) at the end of the two years. DfE EBacc Information Leaflet

It is important to realise that subject choices made now constitute a serious commitment for two years. We firmly advise that you and your child discuss the options very carefully.

The Process

KS4 Options Information Letter (February 2021)

The process has already started with students being exposed to a variety of advice and guidance through different options assemblies. The year group have participated in a Year 9 careers morning and have been directed to online impartial support.

The Options Information Evening is on Wednesday, 3 March 2021. During the evening, staff will be on hand via online appointments to offer advice and guidance about the different subjects as well as an opportunity to discuss your child’s current progress (Video Appointments: Parents – How to attend appointments over video call).

Following the evening we recommend that students continue to seek advice and guidance from current students studying the different subjects, future career websites (https://icould.com/explore/#subject), teachers and of course, parents.

The Year Group Team will continuously work with all students throughout the options process to ensure appropriate choices are made.

Click here to access the Option Choice Form. All option choice forms must be submitted by Friday, 19 March 2021. 


Click here to view introductions to the courses from the Curriculum Leaders, along with course ‘roadmaps’, and subject-related careers information.

Course Outlines:

Core Subjects:English Language and Literature  / Maths  / PD  / PEScience Triple (Biology, Chemistry & Physics) / Science (Combined)

Option Courses: Animal Care (BTEC)  / Art & Design / Children’s Play, Learning & Development (BTEC) /Computer ScienceDance / Design Technology (including Design Engineering, Product Design, and Food Preparation & Nutrition)Digital Information Technology (BTEC) / Drama  /  French  / GeographyGeology / Health & Social Care / History  / Media – Video Production (BTEC)  / Music (BTEC)  / Music / PE  / Performing Arts (BTEC)  / PhotographyRE  / Spanish / Sports Science (BTEC)