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Year 9 Options

During Year 9, students decide which subjects they will study for GCSE.

It is compulsory for all students to study English Language, English Literature, Maths and Science in Years 10 and 11. Students either study Combined Science (a mixture of Biology, Chemistry and Physics worth two GCSEs) or Single Sciences (three GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics).

The majority of students also study a modern foreign language (French or Spanish) and Geography and/or History.

Other options include the Expressive Arts (Art & Design, Product Design, Photography, Music, Music Technology, Dance, Drama), Business Studies, ICT, RE and Psychology.

It is important for students to choose subjects that will interest and motivate them and, ideally, to have a good balance of subjects as this helps keep options open for the future. Forest Hill staff are available to guide, advise and support students through this process, and an information evening for parents is held in the Spring Term of Year 9.

Forest Hill School has also produced a Year 9 Options Information Booklet to help simplify the information our students will need to make their GCSE selections. This is usually given to all parents/guardians at the Options Evening.

The Options Booklet and the Options Evening Video Presentation are available below. Please click on the images.

For further information or support regarding Year 9 Options, please contact Mr A Kai-Samba: