GCSE Options

GCSE Options for current Olavians commencing Year 9 in September 2022.

Following our Remote Options Evening, held on Tuesday 8 February 2022 which provided an introduction to KS4 and important information on how current Year 8 students should submit their subject choices for 2022-23, please see the links and subject presentations below, together with additional guidance from this event.

Please note: Option Choices must be submitted by Friday 11 March 2022.

GCSE Options Booklet 2022GCSE Options - Year 8 Presentation - 8 Feb 2022GCSE Options - Process for Making Options Choices 2022 - Letter to ParentsStudent Guide for using SIMS Options Online - 2022GCSE Options - Frequently Asked Questions - 2022Webinar evening event - follow up letter - 9 Feb 2022

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 Friday 11 March 2022.

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 (date to be confirmed).

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

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