GCSE Options

GCSE Options for current Olavians commencing Year 9 in September 2024.

Our Options Evening, will be held on: Thursday 25 January 2024 

This will provide an introduction to KS4 and important information on how current Year 8 students should submit their subject choices for 2024-25 Please see the links and subject presentations below, together with additional guidance from this event.

A timetable of subject talks on the evening, will be included within the letter to parents below, for each Form Group.

Please note: Students are required to submit their option choices by Thursday 22 February 2024.

GCSE Options 2024 - Letter from Dr Sidhu

GCSE Options Booklet - 2024

Student Guide for using SIMS Options Online to submit their choices - 2024

Year 8 Options Evening FAQs - 2024

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.


The deadline for students to submit their choice is Thursday 22 February 2024.

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 Year 8 Parents' Evening on Thursday 8 February 2024

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 following link and discuss their choices with their Parents/Carers.

Curriculum 'Subject' pages of this website 

Individual video presentations for the non-compulsory subjects will be made available below, from Friday 26 january 2024

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

Latin GCSE Students - PLEASE NOTE: When published, the prescribed texts referred to in the video presentation below, will change for students commencing their GCSE in September 2024. The appropriate prescribed texts are available via our:

Latin Curriculum page HERE