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Key Stage 4 Options

End of year 9 options

This is the start of a very important stage of our pupils' education.  At the end of Year 9 students choose which subjects and courses they wish to study in Years 10 and 11 and gain qualifications in.

It is essential that students select the most appropriate subjects and courses.  Not only should students follow a pathway that contains subjects they enjoy and are most interested in, but they should also opt for the most appropriate subjects to give them a broad and balanced curriculum.


The Options Process

  • Options evening takes place in Spring term of Year 9, where pupils, parents and carers get an opportunity to meet the teachers and discuss the option choices. Option booklets and choices forms are distributed on the evening. Pupils take the booklet and form home and return to school once completed.  
  • Following the Options evening all option requests are timetabled. Occasionally one or two students select combinations which cannot be accommodated and alternatives are discussed on an individual basis.
  • Wherever possible staff will try to ensure pupils attend lessons in each of the Options choices to allow them to make an informed choice.
  • Confirmation of choices are provided in the Summer term. 


Key Stage 4 option choices

Children continue to study core subjects of Maths, English, Science, RE, PE and PHSE. They also have the opportunity to gain qualifications in 4 of the subjects below. Availability of options in any given year is dependent upon year group. 

Options subject choices  
3D Design (Design and Technology) Art
Chinese Creative i-media
Drama Duke of Edinburgh
Food Technology Geography
German Graphics
History Horticulture
ICT & Computer Science Life Skills
Music Photography
​​Religious Studies Sport
TED (Technology Engineering Design) Textiles (Art and Design)
Animal Care Classics
Health & Social care  

These qualifications range from Entry Level, Cambridge Technical, BTEC, FCSE and GCSE. For more information visit our qualifications page. 


Options information for current Year 9 Options Evening 2023

Below is a useful presentation that we have shared with the pupils about the Options process. You'll get chance to find out more about each subject from the subject teacher during Options Evening on Thursday 2nd February 2023.

Subjects actually being delivered in September will be determined by demand of the year group.

West Kirby School and College, Meols Drive, West Kirby, Wirral, CH48 5DH

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