Year 10 & 11 Subject Information

Our year 10 and 11 curriculum is designed to meet the needs of individual students, allowing them to maximise their progress in core subjects and have flexibility in deciding their option subjects.

The curriculum at Whitchurch High School is made up of the following core components delivered over a two-week timetable:

  • Mathematics x 2 GCSEs 
  • English x 2 GCSEs 
  • Science x 2 GCSEs 
  • Welsh (1 GCSE over 3 years)
  • Philosophy and Ethics (Short Course – ½ GCSE)**
  • Sport and Exercise (non-examination course)
  • Wellbeing (previously Tutorial)
  • Relationships, Wellbeing and Health.

**Any student who opts to follow full course Philosophy and Ethics (previously Religious Studies) will study an alternative short course or equivalent subject. The remaining curriculum time will consist of 3 option subjects selected by each student. The option grid will be made available to students and will appear on this section of the website when it becomes available in February.

All students at Whitchurch follow a programme of guidance and support to ensure that they are following an appropriate and individual leaning pathway which matches their aspirations.

Year 9 Option Programme

Students in year 9 will be supported in making decisions on which option subjects to follow in years 10 and 11 according to the timeline of support outlined below:

YEAR 9 OPTION PROCESS 2023-2024

  • COMPLETION OF ILPP: September 2023 to June 2024
  • YEAR 9 OPTIONS LAUNCH: November 2023
  • UPDATED OPTION SUBJECT INFORMATION AVAILABLE ON THE SCHOOL WEBSITE: December 2023
  • KEY STAGE 4 SUBJECT OPTION TALKS IN LESSONS AND ASSEMBLY: December 2023 onwards
  • KEY STAGE 4 OPTIONS OPEN EVENING: 25th January 2024, 5-7pm
  • FREE CHOICE SURVEY: January:  29th January – 9th February 2024 – the decisions made by pupils at this stage are used to help formulate the Key Stage 4 option grid.
  • OPTION GRID AVAILABLE: 26th February 2024
  • INDIVIDUAL PUPIL INTERVIEWS & CAREERS WALES WORKSHOP: 27th, 28th, 29th February 2024
  • OPTION FORMS SUBMITTED: 11th March 2024

Options Launch Presentations

Please click here to watch our Options and Guidance Process presentation.

Please click here to be redirected to the CWRE page.

Please click here to watch the Careers Wales presentation.

Options Programme Student Support

Please click here for guidance on how to complete the free choice survey / alternative pathway options.

Please click here for the 'Options Launch' presentation to Year 9 students, 20th November 2023.

Wise Course for the Future

Even though a bewildering array of choices on offer in Years 10 and 11, it will be useful for students to discuss their option choices with their parents/carers, please click here for some advice and guidance for both parents/carers and students.

Who Should I See?

If students have any questions with regards to individual subjects, please encourage them to speak to their subject teacher or the Curriculum Leader who will willingly give help and guidance on the subject content and suitability. Please Click Here for a list of Faculty, Curriculum Leaders and subject teachers at Whitchurch High School. If you have any questions in relation to the options and guidance process the following members of staff can assist:

  • Mr D Duncan– Year 7-9 Pastoral assistant and transition co-ordinator
  • Mr D O'Rourke – Year 9 Progress Leader
  • Mr N Potter – Year 9 Assistant Progress Leader
  • Mrs C Beynon – Year 9 Pastoral assistant
  • Miss C Robson – Assistant Headteacher KS2-3
  • Mr JW Davies – Assistant Headteacher

Subject Information

Please follow the links at the top of the page for year 10 and 11 subject specific information about core and option subjects.

*We cannot guarantee that all students will be able to take the subjects they choose. As some courses may be under-subscribed have to be withdrawn.

Individual Learning Pathway Plan - ILPP

Completion of the ILPP will help to guide students through each stage of the option process and help them consider their own personal pathway towards employment. Please click here to visit our CWRE section of the website to find out more information.