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)**
  • Physical Education (non-examination course)
  • Tutorial and PSE (non-examination course)

**Any student who opts to follow full course Philosophy and Ethics (previously Religious Studies) will study short course ICT instead of short course Religious Studies. 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 nine will be supported in making decisions on which option subjects to follow at key stage 4 throughout January and February.

Details on the guidance and consultation process are summarised below:

  • COMPLETION OF ILPP: September 2021 to June 2022
  • YEAR 9 OPTIONS LAUNCH: 13th October 2021
  • UPDATED OPTION SUBJECT INFORMATION AVAILABLE ON THE SCHOOL WEBSITE: December 2021
  • YEAR 10 and 11 SUBJECT OPTION TALKS IN LESSONS AND WELLBEING SESSIONS: December 2021 onwards.
  • YEAR 9 OPTIONS OPEN EVENING (Whether this is held on-site or delivered on-line will depend on the COVID protocols in place at the time): 20th January 2022 – 5pm to 7pm
  • FREE CHOICE SURVEY: 24th January – 7th February 2022 – the decisions made by pupils at this stage are used to help formulate the Key Stage 4 option grid.
  • OPTION GRID AVAILABLE: 14th February 2022
  • INDIVIDUAL PUPIL INTERVIEWS AND CARRERS WALES WORKSHOP: 15th, 16th and 17th February 2022
  • OPTION FORMS SUBMITTED: 7th March 2022

Year 10 Option Grid 2022 - 2023

The year 10 option for 2022-2023 will be available on the 14th February 2022.

Options Launch Presentations

Please click on the links below to view our Options Launch Presentations, delivered by Nick John, Deputy Headteacher – Curriculum.

The first presentation runs through the core curriculum that students will follow in years 10 and 11 and the timeline of support that will be put in place throughout the options process. The second presentation runs through the Exploration Phase of the Individual Learning Pathway Plan from a student perspective. A link to the pathway plan can be seen above - ILPP. The final presentation is delivered by our careers advisor Scott Gwynne and runs through the support that he provides and useful information available on the Careers Wales website.

The PowerPoint presentation is also available below if you want to refer to any of the slides, or follow the links referred to in the presentations.

Options Programme Student Support

The presentations below provide video clips and voiceovers which take students through each step of the options process. The first presentation (video version) runs through the timeline of support that is in place as part of the options and guidance process. It includes explanations on how to log free choice and final option choice decisions using the SIMs Student App. or the options online website. The second presentation (video version) runs through the Exploration phase of the Individual Learning Pathway Plan.  The final presentation combines both presentations, but is in a PowerPoint format. When downloaded students can scroll through to any slide and click on the video or voiceover. This allows students to view the required information at the appropriate time during the year.

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 Departmental Leader who will willingly give help and guidance on the subject content and suitability. Please Click Here for a list of Departmental Leaders at Whitchurch High School. If you have any questions in relation to the option process the following members of staff can assist:

  • Mrs A Dando – Year 7-9 Pastoral assistant and transition co-ordinator
  • Miss L Polly – Year 9 Learning Leader
  • Mrs S Lloyd – Year 9 Pastoral assistant
  • Miss L Sharpe – Assistant Headteacher KS2-3
  • Mr N John – Deputy Headteacher Curriculum

Make the Right Choice – advice for students

  • Do not choose a subject because you like the teacher. That person will probably not be teaching you in Years 10 and 11.
  • Do not disregard a subject because you do not like the teacher. You could well have a different teacher in Years 10 and 11.
  • Do not choose a subject simply because you can get a high mark in it - it may not be an appropriate subject for a career you have in mind.
  • A subject in which you can achieve a suitable grade even at a lower level, may be more beneficial.
  • Do not choose a subject because your friend has chosen it.
  • Use your Learning Pathway plan to help support decision making

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

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.

Curriculum Maps

Please Click Here for a copy of our Curriculum Overview Map with the main themes or topics your child will be studying in the coming term in each subject.

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 on the link at the top of the page to be taken to a digital copy of the Exploration Phase (year 8 and 9) and Development Phase (year 10 and 11) Individual Learning Pathway Plans.