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GCSE Options

Students at Manor High School generally study nine GCSEs. These are made up of English Baccalaureate (EBacc) subjects and option choices.

The option process starts in the autumn term of Year 9 for students to commence their studies in Year 10.

We support our students throughout the options process to ensure they make the right choices for them based on their strengths and future plans. 

We recommend that, wherever possible, our students study the English Baccalaureate. This a group of GCSE subjects that are regularly asked for by university courses. The EBacc includes academic subjects highly valued by Russell Group universities.

Options timeline and process

Year 9 Autumn Term 2:

  • Year 9 students and parents will be sent our Options Booklet to help inform their decisions
  • Students will be able to enjoy taster sessions in Key Stage 4 classes*
  • During our Options Evening, presentations will be given about the options process and subjects available* 
  • Subject leaders are available to further inform and to help give support to students with their choices
  • Year 9 students will submit their choices via Options Online

Year 9 Spring Term:

  • The option choices made by students will inform the curriculum planning and timetabling process.

Year 9 Summer Term (July):

  • Student timetables are confirmed.

* NB. In 2020 we have had to amend our normal process due to COVID-19 rules, i.e. we are not able to offer taster sessions or invite families to an Option Evening event.