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Options Process 2020/21

Since starting school this is the first time that our students have had the opportunity to take control of a significant part of their curriculum. Choosing option subjects for study in Key Stage 4 is an extremely important part of the year for the students involved. We therefore devote significant time to the process.

Year 9 students will continue to benefit from a broad and balanced curriculum, whilst tailoring their studies to allow for a range of further and higher education pathways, once they have completed Year 11.

Students in Year 9 will be required to choose options from one of the three Goodwin Academy Pathways:


  • Selected from more able students for additional challenge
  • EBacc curriculum with a language            


  • Traditional options pathway designed to challenge
  • EBacc curriculum with language optional


  • Selected students
  • Bespoke curriculum offering opportunity and challenge

Core Subjects

All students will study the following core curriculum:

  • GCSE English Language and Literature
  • GCSE Maths and GCSE Statistics for the more able
  • GCSE Science (Combined or 3x Single Sciences)
  • PSHCCEE (Citizenship, careers, relationships and related education)
  • Core PE/Games

Options Subjects (as at Summer 2020)

  • GCSE Geography
  • GCSE History
  • GCSE French
  • GCSE Design Technology
  • GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition
  • BTEC Art and Design
  • Business Enterprise and Marketing
  • Digital Information Technology BTEC
  • Health and Social Care Cambridge National
  • Media Studies BTEC
  • Music BTEC
  • Performance and Production Arts BTEC
  • Sport BTEC

Year 8 Options letter