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GCSE Options

GCSE Options for current Olavians commencing Year 9 in September 2021.


Our Options Evening was held virtually on Wednesday 3rd February 2021 and provided an introduction to KS4 and included important information on how current Year 8 students should make their choices for 2021-22.

Following this event, the GCSE Options Booklet 2021, important information on Options and details regarding how students submit their GCSE Option choices, are available via the following links:


GCSE Options Booklet 2021Year 8 Presentation - GCSE OptionsGCSE Options - Process for Making Options Choices - Letter to ParentsStudent Guide for using SIMS Options OnlineGCSE Options - Frequently Asked QuestionsWebinar evening event - follow up letter


Students at St. Olave’s take Ten and a half GCSEs

The following subjects, six and a half GCSEs in total, are compulsory:

  • English Language and English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Biology, Chemistry and Physics
  • Religious Studies (half-course GCSE).

The following subjects are compulsory but not examined:

  • PSHE and Citizenship
  • Physical Education and Games.

Students are also required to take four other subjects from the list below. At least one subject must be chosen from the Humanities Category and at least one subject must be chosen from the Languages Category . You may choose more than one subject in either category; i.e. you could take History and Geography if you wish.

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The deadline for students to submit their choice is Monday 8th March 2021.

It is always a good idea for students to discuss their suitability for a particular course with their subject teacher. Parents and students can consult the staff during the Parents' Evening on Thursday 4th March 2021.

Generally speaking, it is better at this stage for students to be guided by their interest, enjoyment and ability in a particular subject rather than the possible implications for careers. It is unlikely that any choice of options would rule out a particular career path, but if in doubt please seek guidance from staff.

Students are strongly advised to read the subject summaries and course descriptions carefully in the Option Booklet above, view the non-compulsory Options presentations below,see the course content of all KS4 subjects via the followng link and discuss their choices with their Parents/Carers.

Curriculum 'Subject' pages of this website 


Individual presentations for the non-compulsory subjects will be made available below

Why study Art and Design?     (please also see presentations below)