Yr 9 options process

During Year 9 you will make choices about which courses you would like to study during Key Stage 4. At Lees Brook we offer a wide variety of courses to suit all interests so it is important you spend time researching the courses we offer and discussing your choices with your parents, teachers and Form Tutor. You will also spend time discussing the importance of these decisions in your Citizenship lessons in order to help you make the best choices.

From this page, you can use the links to the right to access information about the core subjects you will study, as well as details of all the GCSEs, BTEC courses and Young Apprenticeships available for you to study. Be sure to read the information carefully as it will help you to make the right choices about your courses. This will also help you with information about progression from these courses on to further study at College or University and possible career paths leading from each course. There are also quotes from former students who have studied each course.

Core Subjects

During Key Stage 4, there are some subjects that all students follow and are examined in. These include English Language, English Literature, Mathematics and Science. In addition to these subjects, all students have one lesson per week to study Citizenship and two lessons per week to study Physical Education. The links to the right will also provide more information about each of the examined courses.

GCSE subjects

At Lees Brook, we offer a wide range of GCSE subjects that you can choose in order to prepare you for further study at A Level or as part of an apprenticeship scheme. Click on the links to the right to access information about each of the GCSE courses currently offered at Lees Brook.

Vocational Courses

Vocational courses suit students who enjoy mainly practical activities with a strong emphasis on the world of work. Through the study of vocational courses you will develop a wide range of work related skills through courses including BTECs, VRQs and Young Apprenticeships. Most vocational courses require you to complete a large number of assignments and also include an examined or externally assessed component. Your teachers will guide you through preparation for this component. Click on the links on the right to access information about each of the vocational qualifications currently offered at Lees Brook.

Moving on to A Levels and other Post 16 study

You may not yet know what you would like to do for a career when you leave education. There is plenty of advice available to help you make the right options choices. The useful links section to the right contains information from key organisations and groups which may help you when deciding on courses. Some Universities, such as those in the Russell Group have very clear guidelines for admissions on to degree courses, so if you have a particular career or University in mind it is important that you look through the Russell Group document which is available for download using the link on the right.

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