Key Stage 4 options

Towards the end of Year 9, students at Woodham Academy have the chance to personalise their curriculum for Years 10 and 11. At Woodham Academy, we pride ourselves on offering a broad and balanced curriculum for all our students. We have a very wide range of option subjects for students to pick from.

Choosing which option subjects to study at Key Stage 4 is always an important milestone for our Year 9 students. It is very important that students think carefully about their choices and to find out as much information as they possibly can. In order to support this process, every year students and parents will have the opportunity to attend an ‘Options Evening’ in school to learn more about the subjects on offer. Students will also have a full week of options assemblies where they will find out more about all the subjects they can study at Key Stage 4. For more information about the GCSE and vocational subjects that students can study, please visit the curriculum section of our website.


All students will study:

  • GCSE English Language and English Literature
  • GCSE Combined Science
  • GCSE Maths
  • GCSE History or Geography
  • Core Physical Education

In addition, most students will continue to study GCSE French and will select 3 or 4 options from the subjects below:

  • GCSE Art
  • GCSE Computer Science
  • GCSE Music
  • GCSE Religious Studies
  • GCSE Triple Science and Further Maths
  • BTEC Child Development
  • BTEC Health and Social Care
  • BTEC Sport
  • NCFE Engineering
  • NCFE Food and Cookery
  • NCFE Graphic Design
  • Cambridge National in IT

Personalised options booklets will be sent to students and parents in the lead up to the options process.

Important dates

  • Y9 Options Assemblies – w/c Monday 12th February
  • Y9 Options Evening – Wednesday 27th March

If you require any more information regarding the options process, please speak to Miss Leybourne, Head of Learning for Year 9 or Mrs Dickinson, Deputy Headteacher responsible for Curriculum.