KS4 Options

At William Howard School we understand the importance of supporting your child through the choices that will determine their journey through the next stage of their school experience. The option 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 studying subjects that students enjoy also plays an important role when making option choices. Students are more likely to succeed if they choose subjects that they enjoy and have a strong interest in.

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

Important information regarding Key Stage 4 Options:  GCSE Options Information 2019

 Option Choice Form 2019 (Please return this form to the Main Office by Friday, 22 March 2019)

The Process

The process has already started with your son/daughter being exposed to a variety of advice and guidance through different options assemblies, a Year 9 Options Day and online impartial support.

There will be a GCSE Options Information Evening on Tuesday, 12 February 2019. During the evening staff will be on hand to offer advice and guidance about the different subjects as well as an opportunity to meet your child’s form tutor. Following the evening we recommend that students continue to seek advice and guidance from current students studying the different subjects, future career websites, teachers and of course you as parents.

The year group team will continuously work with all students throughout the options process to ensure appropriate choices are made. Final option choice letters will be distributed in the summer term.


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

Option Courses: Animal Husbandry (BTEC)  / Art & Design  / Business StudiesChildren’s Play, Learning & Development (BTEC)Computer ScienceDanceDesign Technology (Including Food Technology & Nutrition, Product Design, Resistant Materials, Textiles) / Digital IT (BTEC) / Drama  /  French  / GeographyGeologyGermanHealth & Social Care (BTEC)  / HistoryItalianMedia – Gaming (BTEC)Media – Video Production (BTEC)  / Music BTEC  / Music / PE  / Performing Arts (BTEC)  / PhotographyRE  / Spanish / Sports Science (BTEC)