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Year 9 preference process

Hello and welcome to the Broadoak Academy Year 9 preference process.

This transition from Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 4 will be both exciting and daunting but we will be with students every step of the way.

The curriculum offer at Broadoak is designed and built on the preferences of students and the subjects that they would like to study at GCSE.

When designing the KS4 curriculum offer, we take into consideration students’ views, aspirations and interest as well as the courses they need to give them the best chance of achievement and progression to the next stage of their studies and employment.

Students will study a total of nine GCSEs from three different subject blocks:

Core subjectsEBACC* subjectsOpen subjects
All students will study:

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Maths
  • Science (combined or separate)

Not assessed by a formal qualification:

  • Core PE
  • PSHE
All students will study at least one of the following subjects:

  • Geography
  • History
  • French or Spanish
  • Separate science*
  • Computer Science

*Students will study Biology, Chemistry and Physics as three separate GCSE subjects

Students can then choose up to three of the following subjects:

  • Art
  • Design Technology
  • DT: Textiles
  • Drama
  • Ethics and Philosophy (RE)
  • Health and Social Care
  • Hospitality and Catering
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Sports Studies

*EBACC stands for English Baccalaureate and is an accountability measure introduced by the government to assess students’ performance in English, Maths, Science, a humanity and a modern foreign language.

To support Year 9 students with these choices, they will embark on a preference process which will provide the necessary information to help them make informed decisions. This process will involve discussions in tutor time, advice from teaching staff and bespoke help where needed.

One key event in the process is the Year 9 preference evening held at the academy on Wednesday 7 February. Both students and parents are invited to attend this important event and find out specific information about the subjects on offer to help students make the decisions about the GCSE courses they will begin in September.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact parents@[email protected]


Frequently Asked questions

Preference evening presentation 2024

BA Yr 9 Preferences booklet