Subject Information & Options

Links to each subject and details of the curriculum of those subjects are available here. Also, Year 9 Options information can be found here.

Overview

To give you an idea of the amount of study time students have here at Birkdale High School, we've outlined the overall curriculum in this section. Please see the individual department sections for more detail about the skills taught for each subject.


Key Stage 3

Students study a range of subjects over a two week timetable. Students are taught in a mixture of banded classes and form groups, depending on year group. Numbers in (brackets) indicates the number of periods the lesson is allocated over the two weeks.

Year 7

English (7), Mathematics (7), Science (6), PE (4), Technology (5), History (3), Geography (3), Art (2), Music (1), Drama (1), RE (2), Computer Science (3), French (3) and Spanish (3).

Year 8

English (7), Mathematics (7), Science (6), PE (4), Technology (4), History (3), Geography (3), Art (3), Music (1), Drama (1), RE (2), Computer Science (3), French (3) and Spanish (3).

Year 9

English (7), Mathematics (7), Science [Biology (2), Chemistry (2) and Physics (2)], PE (4), Technology (4), History (4), Geography (4), Art (3), Music (2), Drama (1), RE (2), Computer Science (3) and Modern Foreign Languages (4) [French or Spanish].

During Year 9, students choose their options ready for Key Stage 4.

Key Stage 4

Students take the core subjects [English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Science, RE, Careers and PE] in Years 10 and 11. They have a choice of four options in which they will sit a final examination at the end of Year 11.

Option subjects include:

  • Art and Design
  • Business Studies
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Computer Science
  • ICT
  • Resistant Materials
  • Product Design
  • French
  • Spanish
  • GCSE PE
  • BTec Sport
  • History
  • Geography

Options Booklet

This Options Booklet contains information about the options available to select during Year 9.

Please see the Options section further down this page. The deadline for options forms to be completed is Tuesday 1st March 2016.

Business Studies

Information about Business studies.

Creative Arts

Information about Art, Drama and Music.

Design & Technology

Information about D&T, Catering and Resistant Materials.

English

Information about English Language & English Literature.

Humanities

Information about Geography & History.

Computing

KS3 Computing, GCSE ICT, GCSE Computer Science, GCSE iMedia

Mathematics

Information about Mathematics & Statistics.

Modern Foreign Languages

Information about French & Spanish.

Physical Education

Information about PE, GCSE PE and BTec Sport.

PSHCE

Information about our PHSCE curriculum.

RE

Information about our RE curriculum.

Science

Information about Science: Dual & Triple Award.

Alternative Provision

Information about courses held with our external providers.

CEIAG

Careers Advice, Information and Guidance.

Option Choices

You want to have a broad and balanced curriculum that plays to your strengths and interests, and meets your needs in the short, medium and long term. It is important to strike a balance between subjects you like, subjects you are good at and subjects you need.

Having a general all round knowledge will help you with any job.

Consider subjects that help in the future

English and Mathematics – Basics
French and Spanish – Foreign Language
History, Geography and RE – Analytical
ICT, ECDL and Computer Science - Technology
Art, Drama, Music, RM – Passion

Think what you would like to do

University
Looking for EBACC subjects
Apprenticeship
Further Education

Next Steps

Make informed choices
Talk to staff, peers and parents
Use your Year 9 Report and Parents’ Evening
You should not choose a subject because you expect a particular member of staff to be teaching it.
You should not choose a subject because your friend is doing it. He may change his mind.

The Process

Options Evening – Thursday 4th February @ 6:00pm
Year 9 Careers PSHCE Day – Thursday 11th February
Parents’ Evening – Thursday 25th February @ 4:00pm – 6:30 pm
Options Forms handed in on Tuesday 1st March

Here to help

Members of the SLT
Mr Bourgade (Languages)
Mr Pryor (Humanities)
Mr Cunliffe (PE and Study Plus)
Mr Marshall (All other subjects and general advice)
Mr Bennett (Head of Year)
Miss Daly (SENCO)
Mr Noakes (Career Connect)


Options Booklet

This Options Booklet contains information about the options available to select during Year 9.

Options Presentation

Presentation used during Options Evening

Options Form 1a

This form is for you if you have opted to take Triple Science and a language as part of your options.

Options Form 1b

This form is for you if you have opted to take Triple Science, but not a language as part of your options.

Options Form 2

This form is for you if you have not chosen Triple Science as one of your options.

Options Form 3

This form is for you if you have opted to take Study Plus as one of your options.

About Us

Birkdale High School, a limited company registered in England and Wales under Company number 07695504.

Registered address: Windy Harbour Road, Southport PR8 3DT

Headteacher: G Bourgade

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