GCSE Options

Choosing Your GCSE Options

At The Forest School we ask Year 8s to select their GCSE subjects. This means students begin studying for their GCSEs in Year 9.

There are core subjects that you must study, but you can choose the other subjects - these are called your Options.  

Not sure what to choose?

If you are not sure about what to choose, talk to your teachers, your tutor and your parents, carers or guardians or have a look online at https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/job-profiles/home  or investigate through https://futurefinder.yourlife.org.uk/

Note: GCSE gradings change in Sept 2015. A*-C becomes 9-1. Please see the Ofqual explanation of the way grades have altered. Click on the image below to vist the Ofqual website.

We are committed to achieving the highest standards in our schools. That’s why we have revised our GCSE qualifications in England to make them more demanding. We have done this so our young people have the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in 21st century Britain, and to match those of their peers in high-performing education systems elsewhere in the world.

The new qualifications are the result of a long and careful process of reform and involved extensive consultation with schools, universities and employers.

The new, more challenging GCSEs will help young people‎ develop the skills that employers tell us they need.

Not all GCSEs are changing at once – English language, English literature and maths were the first to change, with students sitting these exams in the summer of 2017. You can find the list of subjects in which students will be sitting reformed GCSEs in 2018 in our factsheet.

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