The pages accessible from this section of the Soham Village College website are designed to help Year 9 students and their parents/carers make option choices for Key Stage 4 in Years 10 and 11.
All parents/carers have been sent a copy of the options form which needs to be returned to school via form tutors by Friday 28 February 2014.
There are two different routes available and the options form which has been sent home represents the school’s recommended route for each student.
Standard Route / English Baccalaureate
This route will be followed by the majority of students and is designed to provide students with a broad and balanced curriculum leading to a strong set of academic qualifications and allowing students to make choices which reflect their attributes and interests.
Students within this route will be able to take subjects which satisfy the requirements of the English Baccalaureate. This is an accreditation given when students are successful in achieving higher grades (A*-C) in English, Maths, two Science subjects, a Language and one of History and Geography. We recommend that students who have the interest, ability and motivation to study and succeed in the English Baccalaureate follow these options. The English Baccalaureate represents a broad and balanced programme of study which will prepare students well for higher education and employment.
However, we recognise that this subject combination will not suit all students and we are confident that any set of options chosen from the Standard Route will equip students with the excellent set of qualifications which will prepare students well for the future.
If students or parents have concerns over the Standard Route or the English Baccalaureate, they are encouraged to contact Mr Hampson at the school.
Some students will particularly benefit from our vocational provision at Level 1. This group of invited students are able to study English, maths and science GCSEs and in addition are able to study a suite of qualifications delivered by Mrs Bocking and her team.
Previous students have achieved well and successfully made the transition to post-16. There are excellent links with post-16 providers and opportunities to visit and work alongside these institutions.
Students enjoy the courses and are appreciative of the high number of opportunities for educational visits which support their learning.
If students or parents would like to discuss this route further, they should contact Mrs Bocking at the school.
Options in the Standard Route and Vocational Route include both GCSEs and BTECs. BTECs have a large proportion of coursework where as the amount of coursework in GCSEs varies from subject to subject. Students will need to consider their aptitude for coursework and examinations when selecting options.
There are plenty of teachers who will be able to give advice about options choices including Miss Muir, Mr Poyser, Form Tutors, Subject Teachers, Heads of Subjects/Faculties and Mr Hampson.
Questions about specific courses are best addressed to subject staff. Mr Poyser will be able to advise SEN students while Miss Muir, Form Tutors and Mr Hampson will be well placed to deal with general enquiries.
General advice always encourages students to focus on subjects they enjoy and subjects which they are good at! The choices of friends should not be taken into consideration.
If the preferred option choices are not available or if you have a general comment on the options process, please complete the comments box on the options form.
While every effort is made to give all students their first choices, it is not always possible. Some subjects may not run because of a shortage of students and conversely some may be oversubscribed. We always aim to deal with these situations in the fairest possible manner but no options can be guaranteed.
We also check that students have picked appropriate courses giving a broad and balanced curriculum.
If any amendments are made to subject choices, this will always be done in consultation with students and parents/carers will be fully informed. We will notify students and parents/carers when all options have been finalised.
Core Design & Technology Humanities GCSE English GCSE D&T Electronics GCSE Business Studies GCSE Mathematics GCSE D&T Food Technology GCSE Classical Civilisations GCSE Science GCSE D&T Graphics Products GCSE Geography GCSE D&T Resistant Materials GCSE History GCSE D&T Textiles GCSE Religious Studies ICT Media Studies Social Sciences GCSE ICT BTEC Creative Media Studies BTEC Health & Social Care GCSE Computer Science GCSE Creative Media Studies Modern Foreign Languages Creative & Performing Arts Physical Education GCSE French GCSE Art & Design GCSE Physical Education GCSE German GCSE Drama Vocational GCSE Music Foundation Learning Tier