Year Eight Options
All students follow a core curriculum made up of the following subjects which are compulsory. Timetable allocations are given in hours per fortnight.
English Language and Literature GCSEs - 8 hours
Combined/Triple Science GCSEs - 8 hours
Maths GCSE - 8 hours
Physical Education - 4 hours
RE/SMSC - 1 hour
In addition to these, students will also study 4 option subjects; each option subject has 5 hours teaching time per fortnight.
Triple Science is no longer being offered as an option subject as, due to a 3 year key stage 4, we are able to offer this in the core curriculum time. So your son may still take triple science, however, it will not take up one of his option slots. The science department will decide based on your son's academic ability if he will study combined or triple science. One of the advantages to this is that it allows students to gain an extra option.
At Royal Liberty we believe that it is important for students to follow a broad and balanced curriculum. For two of the four choices, we require most students to study a foreign language and a humanities subject of history or geography. This pathway is referred to as the standard academic options pathway (page 4).
If we feel that the standard academic pathway is too challenging for some students then they will be offered greater flexibility in their option choices and this pathway is known as the flexible options pathway (page 5). Students can still opt for a language in this route if they feel it is appropriate.
The final pathway will be for a very small number of students. This will be known as the flexible plus options pathway (page 5). If your son is on this pathway you will be contracted separately by Ms Larner. In this pathway students will only take two option subjects. The other compulsory subjects are Key Skills and Personal Development and Employability Skills, both non GCSE subjects.
It is widely recognised that the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) suite of qualifications is an indication of students ability to successfully study and achieve in a wide range of subjects. This is a measure of the achievement of students in English, maths, history or geography, the sciences and a language.
This means that colleges, universities and employers will be looking favourably at potential students/employees with these qualifications. For this reason, the Royal Liberty School is encouraging students to take the EBacc suite of qualifications now, in preparation for their future.
The options process will take place online and your son will be sent an online link through his school email. Once students have logged in they will be able to make their options choices. Students can save and come back to this at a later date; the process does not need to be completed in one go. when students log on for the first time they will find out which pathway they have been assigned.
In addition to the four main option subjects, we ask students to provide a reserve choice. In previous years, the vast majority of students have been able to study their chosen subjects. However, if too many students want to study a particular subject, or there are not enough to make a viable group, or the combination of particular subjects cannot work on the timetable, then the reserve option subject will be used. If we feel that a combination of subjects chosen by your son is not suitable we will invite you in for a meeting to discuss.