Soham Village College

Key Stage 4 Option Choices

Types of Courses
Setting in Year 10 & 11
Making Options
Key Stage 4 Courses
Options Choice Forms

Options Evening Feedback Survey


The pages accessible from this section of the Soham Village College website are designed to help Year 9 students and their parents/carers make option choices for Key Stage 4 in Years 10 and 11.

Types of Courses

There are two different routes available and the options form which has been sent home represents the school’s recommended route for each student.

Standard Route

This route will be followed by the majority of students and is designed to provide students with a broad and balanced curriculum leading to a strong set of academic qualifications and allowing students to make choices which reflect their attributes and interests.

Students within this route will be able to take subjects which satisfy the requirements of the English Baccalaureate. This is an accreditation given when students are successful in achieving higher grades (5-9) in English, Maths, two Science subjects, a Language and one of History and Geography. We recommend that students who have the interest, ability and motivation to study and succeed in the English Baccalaureate should strongly consider these options. The English Baccalaureate represents a broad and balanced programme of study which will prepare students well for higher education and employment.

However, we recognise that this subject combination will not suit all students and we are confident that any set of options chosen from the Standard Route will equip students with an excellent set of qualifications which will prepare students well for the future.

If students or parents have concerns over the Standard Route or the English Baccalaureate, they are encouraged to contact Mr Daybell at the school.

Foundation Learning Tier

Some students will particularly benefit from our Level 1 provision. This group of invited students are able to study English, Maths and Science GCSEs and in addition are able to study a suite of qualifications delivered by Mr Thompson and his team.

Previous students have achieved well and successfully made the transition to post-16. There are excellent links with post-16 providers and opportunities to visit and work alongside these institutions.

Students enjoy the courses and are appreciative of the high number of opportunities for educational visits which support their learning.

If students or parents would like to discuss this route further, they should contact Mr Thompson at the school.

Options in the Standard Route and Foundation Learning Tier include both GCSEs and BTECs. BTECs have a large proportion of coursework where as the amount of coursework in GCSEs varies from subject to subject. Students will need to consider their aptitude for coursework and examinations when selecting options.

Setting in Years 10 and 11

Setting is expected to occur in English, Mathematics, Science, Geography, Physical Education and French. All other classes are likely to be of mixed ability.

Making Options

There are plenty of teachers who will be able to give advice about options choices including Mr Blunt, Mr Roberts, Form Tutors, Subject Teachers and Heads of Subjects/Faculties.

Questions about specific courses are best addressed to subject staff. Mr Roberts will be able to advise SEN students while Mr Blunt and Form Tutors will be well placed to deal with general enquiries.

General advice always encourages students to focus on subjects they enjoy and subjects which they are good at! The choices of friends should not be taken into consideration.

If the preferred option choices are not available or if you have a general comment on the options process, please complete the comments box on the options form.


While every effort is made to give all students their first choices, it is not always possible. Some subjects may not run because of a shortage of students and conversely some may be oversubscribed. We always aim to deal with these situations in the fairest possible manner but no options can be guaranteed.

We also check that students have picked appropriate courses giving a broad and balanced curriculum.

If any amendments are made to subject choices, this will always be done in consultation with students and parents/carers will be fully informed. We will notify students and parents/carers when all options have been finalised.

Key Stage 4 Courses

Please click the links below to access more information about the courses on offer for each subject.

Core Design & Technology Humanities
GCSE English GCSE Electronics GCSE Business Studies
GCSE Mathematics GCSE Food Preparation & Nutrition GCSE Geography
GCSE Science GCSE Graphics Products GCSE History
  GCSE Resistant Materials GCSE Religious Studies
Computing Creative Media Social Sciences
KS4 ICT GCSE Creative Media Studies BTEC Health & Social Care
GCSE Computer Science    
Modern Foreign Languages Creative & Performing Arts Physical Education
GCSE French GCSE Art & Design GCSE Physical Education
GCSE Spanish GCSE Drama  
  GCSE Dance Foundation Learning Tier
  GCSE Music Foundation Learning Tier

Options Choice Forms

Standard Route - Options Letter
Standard Route - Options Form