KS 4 Options – An overview


At Richard Hale, students choose their options in May of Year 8, starting their GCSE courses in Year 9. We have found that giving them three years in which to study for their GCSEs allows more time both for completion of courses but also for broadening out of the curriculum beyond GCSE.

Although choosing options in Year 8 can seem like a big decision for students, they will be guided by their Head of Year, the Assistant Head for KS3, their form tutors and subject teachers. All students will continue in Year 9 with the core subjects of English, Maths, Science, RE, PE and Games. In addition, all students must choose a Humanity (Geography or History, or both) and the large majority will be expected to continue to GCSE with the language they are studying in Year 8.

The options evening for current Year 8 parents/carers took place on Thursday 4th May 2023. The Year 8 boys had an assembly on Friday 5th May covering the same content.

The links to the handbook for Key Stage 4 Options and the PowerPoint from the Parents’ evening are both below.

Year 8 Options Evening PowerPoint Presentation 

Year 8 GCSE Options 2023 Booklet