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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 2023-2024
  • Wednesday 31st January 5.00pm-6.15pm  – Parents Information Evening – a presentation about options followed by subject ‘market stalls’ and Q&A session with Head of Departments. 
  • W/B 5th February GCSE Taster Week – during lessons students will have a sample of a GCSE/Vocational lesson. There will be after school sessions for Business, Economics, Graphics and Photography; students will need to sign up for these. 
  • Friday 27th January Careers Fair – information from local job providers 
  • W/B Monday 19th FebruaryOption Interviewparents will be invited to attend an online 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. 



Theme: skills and interests

Questions for students to ask parents

  1. What were you good at in school?
  2. What do you enjoy doing most at home, work, with friends or family?
  3. What do you think your talents are / you are good at?

Questions for parents to ask students

  1. What do you enjoy most in and out of school/college?
  2. What do you feel you are good at in school/college?
  3. What is your favourite subject? Do you know what kind of jobs are related to these subjects?
  4. Which of your interests, skills and abilities do you think will help you most in your future career?

Theme: learning about careers

Questions for students to ask parents

  1. How did you learn about careers when you were at school?
  2. Do you think there are more/different career options available now?
  3. Do you know anyone who’s completed an apprenticeship? What did they tell you about it?
  4. Do you know anyone who’s been to university? What did they tell you about it?
  5. Do you know anyone who went straight into a job after school or college? What was that like for them?

Questions for parents to ask students

  1. What takes place in school/college to help you with your future?
  2. Who can help you at school/college with questions about careers? Is there a Careers Leader, Careers Advisor or Head of Careers?
  3. Do you hear from employers in school? Which ones did you like? What inspired you?
  4. Do ex pupils / students come back into school to talk about their post-education experience? Did some of their experiences inspire you?
  5. How much do you know about Further Education and employment options including apprenticeships, traineeships and T-levels? Do you know where to find out more about these routes?
  6. Is there anything you’re unsure of that you’ve been introduced to but need more information about?

Theme: making choices

Questions for both students and parents

  1. What did you want to be when you were 10 years old?
  2. If money wasn’t a factor what would be your dream job?
  3. What are the top five things that you think are important when choosing a job or career?

Questions for students to ask parents

  1. How did you choose the path you’ve taken?
  2. What advice would you give me about making choices?

Questions for parents to ask students

  1. What do you think of jobs that involve travel? Do you want a job that will give you the opportunity to travel, or would you prefer to stay near home?
  2. What sort of environment would you like to work in? An office / in a big team /independently / outside?
  3. My path has included (education, apprenticeship, university, work, homemaking etc). What would you like your future to include?
  4. What challenges do you need to overcome to get to your preferred option?
  5. What support do you need from me to help you research your options and make decisions?
  6. What do you think my job entails? What do I do day to day? What do you think are the main tasks?

Option Subjects Key Stage 4


Equivalent Level 2 Courses and Vocational Courses 

Design Technology 

Btec Business Enterprise 
Educas Diploma IT 
Educas Diploma Performing Arts (Music) 
Cambridge National Sports Studies - Cambridge National Engineering Design



Year 9 Options Booklet 2024

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