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Year 9 Options 2022 – Frequently asked questions

What is the options process?

The option process helps the Transition from key stage 3 (years 7-9) to key stage 4 (years 10- 11). Year 9 students are offered a range of optional subjects to choose from to study in year 10 and 11. At the end of year 11 students take qualifications in these subjects.

What are the different types of qualification students can take?
On the Academy website you find this year’s option booklet to help guide you in your choices. A number of different qualifications are available to study here at Thomas Deacon Academy. These include GCSE, BTEC and Vocational awards and all are an equal equivalent to GCSE level.

What will I study in Years 10 and 11?
In Year 10 and 11, students have compulsory subjects that they must take. These include Mathematics, English language, English literature and Double Science, and they will take examinations in these at the end of year 11. Students will also take courses in PE and Personal Development which are not examined.

How many Optional Subjects can I choose?
As well as the compulsory subjects, students opt for 3 further subjects to study. The first subject students take must be one of the English Baccalaureate subjects. Students will have to select from either History, Geography, Computer science, Triple Science, or Spanish.

Students also select a further 2 subjects, a list can be found in the options booklet. Students will also need to choose 2 reserve options. It is important to mention that students are not guaranteed their first option choices so the reserves must be something the student wants to study.

Will all courses run?
Some courses will not run if numbers are low, so the reserve subjects are important and must be something your child wants to study.

What support is available in this process?

The Year 9 Options Presentation and option booklet will be published on the Thomas Deacon Academy website on Thursday 6th January 2022.

From January, in lesson time, students will be receiving information from their teachers about the option subjects. All information about the courses will be in the option booklet and in subject presentations found on the Academy website. Please read the options booklet carefully and begin to discuss with your son/daughter about their choices. It does not matter if your child is unsure of what career they want to do in the future; ensure they identify which subjects they enjoy and are interested in pursuing.

How do I make my option choices?

Options choices will be made via SIMS online. Students will be sent an email link email on 6th January 2022. The option choices will be made using SIMS online, so it’s important that you register. Details and Information about how to use SIMS online can be found in the options presentation.

Who can I ask for further help and support?

Further enquiries about the options process you can email Ruth Fehrenbach, Assistant Principal

For queries about the SIMS online process, please email the Data Administrator, Natalie West