Year 9 Options

Choosing options can be a stressful time for both students and parents. At Doha College we aim to make the transition from Key Stage 3 into Key Stage 4 as smooth as possible. The options process will determine which subjects will be studied at (I)GCSE level, which has an impact on choices at Sixth Form and ultimately university or college after that. So as you can see it is important to get it right.

To help with this the options evening will allow parents and students to be walked through the process, answering any questions or uncertainties regarding the process and the subjects which can be studied at (I)GCSE level. Use the links below to obtain a copy of the options form and a copy of the presentation used at the options evening. The websites on the last page of the presentation are particularly useful and will help in choosing possible careers or to see what certain subjects can help you achieve at the next level.

Links: Copy of presentation [Click]  | Year 9 Options Entry Form [Click]

If you are still unsure please do not hesitate to get in touch, as I said it is important to get it right, so please ask. The deadline for options returns is 21 February 2010.

Year 9 Calendar

September – December

  • Find out about subjects on offer to you in year 10 and 11
  • Start to make a list of subjects you like at school and ones you may be interested in studying in Years 10 and 11. Think about the way you like to learn, for example, by watching and listening, writing or doing a practical job yourself. Talk to your teachers, parents and careers adviser to help identify subjects that will suit you.
  • Use the site https://nextstep.direct.gov.uk/planningyourcareer/jobprofiles/Pages/default.aspx to find out about different careers and what subjects they require for entry

January – April

  • Use Kudos a computer program in school to come up with some job ideas; this only identifies jobs related to your likes and dislikes you can use this as a starting point not to choose your career
  • Read the options booklet Which Way Now available through E-Learning or through http://www.education.gov.uk/publications/eOrderingDownload/Which_Way_Now-2010-11.pdf
  • Attend Options evening in school
  • Read the school booklet and check Doha College web site to find out more about the courses on offer
  • Talk to your parents and teachers about what you are thinking about doing. Ask to speak to your careers adviser if you need help
  • Choose your subjects. English, Maths, Science (double or single) and Core PE are compulsory