GCSE Options

A guide for Year 9 making their choices for Key Stage 4

At Bramcote College, we provide a curriculum that is relevant, inspiring and challenging. Our objective is to foster a love of education, a commitment to lifelong learning and thorough preparation for external exams. Through our KS4 curriculum we develop students’ knowledge, skills and understanding to prepare them for their lives beyond school.

As part of our commitment to this, we encourage students to choose the subjects that will allow them to access the ‘English Baccalaureate’ (EBacc). We call this the Green pathway. Students who gain a Grade 5 in English, Mathematics, at least 2 Sciences, History or Geography, and a Modern Foreign Language would be awarded the EBacc. Students on Green pathway will need to opt for Spanish, and History or Geography, and 1 other subject.

For some students, this may not be the best route, and these students may opt to follow the Blue pathway. Students on the Blue pathway should opt for at least one subject out of History, Geography, Computer Science, or Spanish. They can do more than one if they choose to.
pdf 15px Download our Blue Pathway guide

We recognise that not all young people are suited to a full curriculum of academic subjects and have tailored our offer accordingly. We offer a Purple pathway for a small number of our students with special education needs for whom some of the subjects that we offer would not be appropriate.
pdf 15px Download our Purple Pathway guide


Key Dates

  • Thursday 12th January 2023
    Key Stage 4 Options presentation for Year 9 Students.
  • Thursday 26th January 2023
    GCSE Options Information Evening – held in the school hall - for students and parents
  • Friday 27th January 2023
    Year 9 Careers morning – “Meet the Professionals”
  • Friday 3rd February 2023
    GCSE Options Taster afternoon – “Meet the Teachers”
  • Monday 20th February 2023 
    Deadline for options choices – students to complete the online form sent to them via email/MCAS app
  • Easter 2023
    Confirmation of subject choices sent to students and parents.

Subject Information

Please use the links below to download information on each subject on offer: