Year 9 Options

At Woolwich Poly we follow a two year Key Stage 4 programme.  This means that students will select their examination subjects in year 9.  We believe this will give the students time to develop the necessary skills and knowledge in order to be successful in their chosen subjects.  All students will study GCSEs in English Language, English Literature and Maths.  In addition to this student will study either Combined Science (two GCSEs) or Triple Science.  Then students will decide which three subjects they would like to study from a range of GCSE or other level 2 qualifications such as Btecs.  Our aim is to offer a broad and balanced curriculum which enables accessibility for all and one which is varied and meets the needs and aspirations of our students. Ensuring the combination of courses our students study provides suitable progression routes into post?16 study and beyond is of paramount importance to us at Woolwich Poly. 


Key dates for 2022


  • January – Careers and Course Information – during Personal Development sessions and assembly, students will be introduced to the options process and gather information about the different courses available to them as well as thinking about their future careers. Head of Departments will present to the students about the courses available. Please ask your son to look at the following websites for additional guidance: GCSE Options: Everything you need to know about choosing your GCSE subjects - BBC Bitesize and GCSE choices: Practical ways to guide students | Undergraduate | UCAS.
  • Monday 7th March 4pm-6pm – Parents Information Evening – a presentation about options followed by subject ‘market stalls’ and Q&A session with Head of Departments.
  • W/B Monday 14th March– Option Interview – parents and student will be invited to attend an interview with a senior member of staff to make final choices (an appointment time will be arranged in due course).


The options process

This booklet is just one part of a programme of activities that are designed to help you with your option choices. The process includes:  


  • Options Information Evening 

  • Options Taster Week  


  • Careers information, advice and guidance in PD lessons  

  • Talks in assemblies  

  • Subject information, advice and guidance from teachers in subject lessons   

  • Information, advice and guidance from form tutors   

  • Information, advice and guidance from Ms. Gurney 

  • Academic Review Day 

  • Options Interview – parent and student meets with form tutor 



We will make every effort to allocate your preferred option choices. However, there are occasions when this will not be possible, for example: 

  1. Too few students have selected a particular subject, or 
  2. In the professional opinion of staff, the student would not be suited to the subject selected or, 
  3. It may not be possible to timetable all the combinations selected by students. 


Please refer to the CEAIG page for useful links to help guide your option choices. 



Equivalent Level 2 Courses

and Vocational Courses 




Design Technology 









Btec Business Enterprise 



Sports Studies 





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