Year 9 Options

Pathways to Progression

Option Choices at Furness Academy

We are rapidly approaching one of the most important stages in secondary education; when year 9 students choose the subjects that they wish to continue studying at Key Stage 4. It is really important that students are able to make informed choices following guidance and advice from parents and teachers. At Furness Academy we are pleased to offer a wide range of subjects from which students can select the choices which best match their interests, skills and future career aspirations. In order to make the process work for the wide range of students we have in year 9, we have identified three different pathways through Key Stage 4.

 

The start point of the options process is for us to identify which route is best for your child and to then share details of the subject choices that they can make, all of which we plan to do in the coming weeks. Details of the three different pathways are indicated below. You will also be able to find details of individual subjects under the ‘Option Subjects’ section on this page.

Pathway 1: The Ebacc (English Baccalaureate route)

The Ebacc is a performance measure used by the government though it is not a qualification in its own right. It is designed to support students making a selection of subjects that offer a clearly defined route into Higher Education and employment. It may be used by employers and universities to select the most academically outstanding students. In order to meet the requirements of the Ebacc students must study English, mathematics, science, geography or history and a modern foreign language.

Furness Academy students who are on the Ebacc route will study the following subjects:

  • English language and English literature
  • Mathematics
  • Science; either double award leading to 2 GCSEs or separate sciences in biology, chemistry and physics
  • History or geography
  • French
  • Two additional subjects selected from the wide range on offer (art, computer science, dance, drama, design technology, geography, history, RE, triple science, catering, construction, engineering, hair and beauty, health and social care, ICT, media studies, music, outdoor education. or sport, product design, travel and tourism)

As well as the following, non-examined, core subjects:

  • Personal Development
  • PE

Pathway 2: The humanities route

Furness Academy students on this pathway may be able to transfer onto the Ebacc route subject to the agreement of the subject leader for MfL. The route is similar to the Ebacc route in that it offers a range of compulsory and optional subjects as indicated below:

  • English language and English literature
  • Mathematics
  • Science; either double award leading to 2 GCSEs or separate sciences in biology, chemistry and physics
  • History or geography

Three additional subjects selected from the wide range on offer (art, computer science, dance, design technology, drama, French, geography, history, RE, triple science, catering, construction, engineering, hair and beauty, health and social care, ICT, media studies, music, outdoor education or sport, product design, travel and tourism)

As well as the following, non-examined, core subjects:

  • Personal Development
  • PE

Pathway 3: the support route

We already know that some of our students benefit enormously from additional support. This pathway offers a balance of free choice and support and is designed for students who will be able to make good use of additional help with literacy and numeracy alongside access to coursework support. Students on this pathway will follow a curriculum including the following:

  • English language and English literature
  • Mathematics
  • Science; foundation triple science leading to GCSEs in biology, chemistry and physics
  • Additional support time
  • Lifeskills and catering
  • Two additional subjects selected from the wide range on offer (art, dance, drama, RE, construction, engineering, hair and beauty, health and social care, ICT, media studies, music, outdoor education or sport, product design, travel and tourism)

As well as the following, non-examined, core subjects:

  • Personal Development
  • PE
Year 9 Options Timeline