Year 8 Options
Students at The Matthew Arnold School choose their GCSE options when they are in Year 8, meaning that they begin Key Stage 4 in Year 9. We offer a comprehensive guidance process to students and parents. This process will start towards the end of the autumn term, when full information will be sent out and posted here.
All students study a core curriculum of GCSE English language and literature, mathematics, science (double award), religious studies and a choice of health, sport and nutrition course (GCSE PE, NCFE hospitality and catering, or BTEC health and social care).
Students then choose a further three GCSEs from art, business studies, computer science, drama, French, geography, history, resistant materials, separate sciences and textiles. There is an expectation that students will select either history or geography as one of these options and within the option system can choose both if desired.