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Year 8 Options

Year 8 Options

Choices for Years 9/10/11 Courses
It is likely that you have already started to think about the courses you are interested in pursuing in Years 9, 10 and 11. During the first half of the Spring term you and your parents will be provided with information and appropriate guidance to ensure the best choices are made to meet your needs. You will have presentations in PSHE, Assemblies on subject choices, and there is information on this website to help you make the right choices for you.

Core Subjects
All students study the core subjects: English, Maths, Science, RE and ECDL-ICT as well as core PE and PSHE. In addition, at least one of the following subjects must be studied as part of the core: History, Geography, French, German and Computer Science. 

The English Baccalaureate 
The English Baccalaureate is not a qualification in itself, but rather a collection of GCSE passes at grade 5 or better in key subjects. This is a key indicator of academic success at Key Stage 4, and may be one of the requirements for entry to some post-16 courses, training and employment, and for some university admissions in the future.
We are therefore strongly recommending that students who are capable of gaining the English Baccalaureate include these five key subjects in their choices at Key Stage 4. To be awarded the English Baccalaureate a student at Holyrood will need to achieve at least a grade 5 at GCSE in each of the following:
History or Geography
French or German
Two Science (either Double Award or 2 of Biology, Chemistry, Physics)

Subject Information Downloads
Below are the Subject Information sheets issued at the Year 8 Options Information Evening. Please click on the corresponding 'download' button to view the detail you require.

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Contact Details

01460 260100
Holyrood Academy Zembard Lane, Chard,
Somerset, TA20 1JL

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