Virtual Year 8 GCSE Options Event

Dear Year 8 Student and Parent/Carer

Welcome to Ditton Park Academy's Virtual Year 8 GCSE Options Event!

Unfortunately we are unable to hold our normal evening event, but hope to give you everything you need to know to make your option choices here online.

Introduction

Firstly a short video introducing the process, providing details about where you can find additional information or support and outlining some of the key ideas in making the right choice from our Senior Assistant Principal, Mr Cameron.

 

Filling in the Form

Every element of this years' process need to happen online, including filling in the Options Form.  The second video is a step by step guide on how to access and fill in the Options Form.  A link to the options form will be sent to Parents/Carers on Friday 26th February 2021.

 

The Options Booklet

A key source of information is the Options Booklet; it contains not only all the details of all of the courses we offer, but also guides to picking appropriate options and to completing the form.  This should be the first thing you look through.

GCSE Options Booklet

 

Subject Information

Individual sections for each subject can be found below, click the arrow next to the subject name to see more about each course.

All subjects include details such as exam board and Lead Teacher, additionally Option Subjects include a presentation to help you understand the course and whether it is the right choice for your child.

 

Additional Support?

Other than this website and the Options Booklet, there are a number of other places to get advice:

  • Your child's Academic Mentor
  • Your child's teachers
  • The Subject Lead Teacher
  • Other students currently taking this course
  • The process? - please email via office@dittonparkacademy.co.uk
  • Individual subjects? - please see the email in the appropriate subject below.

English Language (Compulsory)

Dear Year 8 Student and Parent/Carer

Welcome to the page for English Language.  English Language is a compulsory subject.

The link to the Exam Board page for this course is:

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-language-8700

Additional details of the course can be found on page 9 of the Options booklet.

For any further questions about this subject, please email:

g.cornford@dittonparkacademy.co.uk

Any other queries should be directed to:

office@dittonparkacademy.co.uk

English Literature (Compulsory)

Dear Year 8 Student and Parent/Carer

Welcome to the page for English Language.  English Literature is a compulsory subject.

The link to the Exam Board page for this course is:

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-literature-8702

Additional details of the course can be found on page 10 of the Options booklet.

For any further questions about this subject, please email:

g.cornford@dittonparkacademy.co.uk

Any other queries should be directed to:

office@dittonparkacademy.co.uk

 

Mathematics (Compulsory)

Dear Year 8 Student and Parent/Carer

Welcome to the page for Mathematics.  Mathematics is a compulsory subject.

The link to the Exam Board page for this course is:

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/mathematics-2015.html

Additional details of the course can be found on page 11 of the Options booklet.

For any further questions about this subject, please email:

i.white@dittonparkacademy.co.uk

Any other queries should be directed to:

office@dittonparkacademy.co.uk

Combined Science (Compulsory Option)

Dear Year 8 Student and Parent/Carer

Welcome to the page for Combined Science.  Combined Science is a compulsory subject.

The link to the Exam Board pages for this course are:

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464

Additional details of the course can be found on page 12 of the Options booklet.

Finally, our Lead Teacher for Science, Ms Hayer  has created the presentation below with further details on this course and how it compares to the Triple Science Option.

For any further questions about this subject, please email:

j.hayer@dittonparkacademy.co.uk

Any other queries should be directed to:

office@dittonparkacademy.co.uk

 

Triple Science

Dear Year 8 Student and Parent/Carer

We are pleased to see that you have an interest in Triple Science GCSE.

The link to the Exam Board page for this course is:

 Biology: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461

Chemistry:https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462

Physics: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-8463

Additional details of the course can be found on page 12 of the Options booklet.

Finally, our Lead Teacher for Science, Ms Hayer has created the presentation below with further details on this course.

For any further questions about this subject, please email:

j.hayer@dittonparkacademy.co.uk

Any other queries should be directed to:

office@dittonparkacademy.co.uk

Geography (Compulsory Option)

Dear Year 8 Student and Parent/Carer

We are pleased to see that you have an interest in Geography GCSE.

The link to the Exam Board page for this course is:

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/geography-b-2016.html

Additional details of the course can be found on page 13 of the Options booklet.

Finally, our Lead Teacher for Geography, Mrs Gilliam has created the presentation below with further details on this course.

For any further questions about this subject, please email:

k.gilliam@dittonparkacademy.co.uk

Any other queries should be directed to:

office@dittonparkacademy.co.uk

History (Compulsory Option)

Dear Year 8 Student and Parent/Carer

We are pleased to see that you have an interest in History GCSE.

The link to the Exam Board page for this course is:

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/history-2016.html

Additional details of the course can be found on page 14 of the Options booklet.

Finally, our Lead Teacher for history, Miss Shimmons has created the presentation below with further details on this course.

For any further questions about this subject, please email:

j.shimmons@dittonparkacademy.co.uk

Any other queries should be directed to:

office@dittonparkacademy.co.uk

French (Compulsory Option)

Dear Year 8 Student and Parent/Carer

We are pleased to see that you have an interest in French GCSE.

The link to the Exam Board page for this course is:

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/french-8658

Additional details of the course can be found on page 15 of the Options booklet.

 

For any further questions about this subject, please email:

e.grantham@dittonparkacademy.co.uk

Any other queries should be directed to:

office@dittonparkacademy.co.uk

Spanish (Compulsory Option)

Dear Year 8 Student and Parent/Carer

We are pleased to see that you have an interest in Spanish GCSE.

The link to the Exam Board page for this course is:

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/spanish-8698

Additional details of the course can be found on page 16 of the Options booklet.

 

For any further questions about this subject, please email:

e.grantham@dittonparkacademy.co.uk

Any other queries should be directed to:

office@dittonparkacademy.co.uk

PHSRE (Compulsory)

Dear Year 8 Student and Parent/Carer

Welcome to the page for PHSRE.  PHSRE is a compulsory subject but will not lead to a GCSE qualification.

Additional details of the course can be found on page 17 of the Options booklet.

For any further questions about this subject, please email:

p.conlon@dittonparkacademy.co.uk

Any other queries should be directed to:

office@dittonparkacademy.co.uk

Core PE (Compulsory)

Dear Year 8 Student and Parent/Carer

Welcome to the page for Core PE.  Core PE is a compulsory subject but will not lead to a GCSE qualification.

Additional details of the course can be found on page 18 of the Options booklet.

For any further questions about this subject, please email:

l.williams@dittonparkacademy.co.uk

Any other queries should be directed to:

office@dittonparkacademy.co.uk

Fine Art

Dear Year 8 Student and Parent/Carer

We are pleased to see that you have an interest in Fine Art GCSE.

The link to the Exam Board page for this course is:

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/art-and-design/gcse

Additional details of the course can be found on page 19 of the Options booklet.

Finally, our Lead Teacher for Fine Art, Ms Dawson has created the presentation below with further details on this course.

For any further questions about this subject, please email:

g.dawson@dittonparkacademy.co.uk

Any other queries should be directed to:

office@dittonparkacademy.co.uk

Art, Craft and Design

Dear Year 8 Student and Parent/Carer

We are pleased to see that you have an interest in Art, Craft and Design GCSE.

The link to the Exam Board page for this course is:

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/art-and-design/gcse

Additional details of the course can be found on page 20 of the Options booklet.

Finally, our Lead Teacher for Art, Craft and Design, Ms Dawson has created the presentation below with further details on this course.

For any further questions about this subject, please email:

g.dawson@dittonparkacademy.co.uk

Any other queries should be directed to:

office@dittonparkacademy.co.uk

Photography

Dear Year 8 Student and Parent/Carer

We are pleased to see that you have an interest in Photography GCSE.

The link to the Exam Board page for this course is:

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/art-and-design/gcse

Additional details of the course can be found on page 21 of the Options booklet.

Finally, our Lead Teacher for Photography, Mrs Wanford has created the presentation below with further details on this course.

For any further questions about this subject, please email:

r.wanford@dittonparkacademy.co.uk

Any other queries should be directed to:

office@dittonparkacademy.co.uk

Drama

Dear Year 8 Student and Parent/Carer

We are pleased to see that you have an interest in Drama GCSE.

The link to the Exam Board page for this course is:

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/drama/gcse

Additional details of the course can be found on page 22 of the Options booklet.

Finally, our Lead Teacher for Drama, Miss Seymour has created the presentation below with further details on this course.

For any further questions about this subject, please email:

c.seymour@dittonparkacademy.co.uk

Any other queries should be directed to:

office@dittonparkacademy.co.uk

Music

Dear Year 8 Student and Parent/Carer

We are pleased to see that you have an interest in Music GCSE.

The link to the Exam Board page for this course is:

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/music/gcse

Additional details of the course can be found on page 23 of the Options booklet.

Finally, our Lead Teacher for Music, Dr Lockley has created the presentation below with further details on this course.

For any further questions about this subject, please email:

g.lockley@dittonparkacademy.co.uk

Any other queries should be directed to:

office@dittonparkacademy.co.uk

GCSE Business

Dear Year 8 Student and Parent/Carer

We are pleased to see that you have an interest in GCSE Business.

The link to the Exam Board page for this course is:

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/business/gcse

Additional details of the course can be found on page 24 of the Options booklet.

Finally, our Lead Teacher for Business, Mrs Khushi has created the presentation below with further details on this course.

For any further questions about this subject, please email:

m.khushi@dittonparkacademy.co.uk

Any other queries should be directed to:

office@dittonparkacademy.co.uk

BTEC Business First Award (Vocational Option)

Dear Year 8 Student and Parent/Carer

We are pleased to see that you have an interest in BTEC Business First Award.

The link to the Exam Board page for this course is:

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-firsts/business-2012-nqf.html

Additional details of the course can be found on page 25 of the Options booklet.

Finally, our Lead Teacher for Business, Mrs Khushi has created the presentation below with further details on this course.

For any further questions about this subject, please email:

m.khushi@dittonparkacademy.co.uk

Any other queries should be directed to:

office@dittonparkacademy.co.uk

Computer Science

Dear Year 8 Student and Parent/Carer

We are pleased to see that you have an interest in Computer Science GCSE.

The link to the Exam Board page for this course is:

https://ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse/computer-science-j277-from-2020/

Additional details of the course can be found on page 26 of the Options booklet.

Finally, our Lead Teacher for Computer Science, Mrs Ndugutu has created the presentation below with further details on this course.

For any further questions about this subject, please email:

s.ndugutu@dittonparkacademy.co.uk

Any other queries should be directed to:

office@dittonparkacademy.co.uk

Cambridge Nationals in Information Technologies (Vocational Option)

Dear Year 8 Student and Parent/Carer

We are pleased to see that you have an interest in Information Technologies.

The link to the Exam Board page for this course is:

https://ocr.org.uk/qualifications/cambridge-nationals/creative-imedia-level-1-2-award-certificate-j807-j817/

Additional details of the course can be found on page 27 of the Options booklet.

Finally, our Lead Teacher for Computer Science, Mrs Ndugutu has created the presentation below with further details on this course.

For any further questions about this subject, please email:

s.ndugutu@dittonparkacademy.co.uk

Any other queries should be directed to:

office@dittonparkacademy.co.uk

Design and Technology

Dear Year 8 Student and Parent/Carer

We are pleased to see that you have an interest in Design Technology GCSE.

The link to the Exam Board page for this course is:

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/design-and-technology/gcse

Additional details of the course can be found on page 28 of the Options booklet.

Finally, our Lead Teacher for DT, Mr Soor has created the presentation below with further details on this course.

For any further questions about this subject, please email:

k.soor@dittonparkacademy.co.uk

Any other queries should be directed to:

office@dittonparkacademy.co.uk

Food Preparation and Nutrition

Dear Year 8 Student and Parent/Carer

We are pleased to see that you have an interest in Food Preparation and Nutrition GCSE.

The link to the Exam Board page for this course is:

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/food/gcse

Additional details of the course can be found on page 29 of the Options booklet.

Finally, our Lead Teacher for Food Technology, Mrs Bourne has created the presentation below with further details on this course.

For any further questions about this subject, please email:

m.bourne@dittonparkacademy.co.uk

Any other queries should be directed to:

office@dittonparkacademy.co.uk

Physical Education (GCSE PE)

Dear Year 8 Student and Parent/Carer

We are pleased to see that you have an interest in Physical Education GCSE.

The link to the Exam Board page for this course is:

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/physical-education/gcse

Additional details of the course can be found on page 30 of the Options booklet.

Finally, our Lead Teacher for PE, Mrs Ridley-Williams  has created the presentation below with further details on this course.

For any further questions about this subject, please email:

l.williams@dittonparkacademy.co.uk

Any other queries should be directed to:

office@dittonparkacademy.co.uk

Physical Education (BTEC Sport) (Vocational Option)

Dear Year 8 Student and Parent/Carer

We are pleased to see that you have an interest in Physical Education BTEC Sport.

The link to the Exam Board page for this course is:

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-firsts/sport-2012-nqf.html

Additional details of the course can be found on page 31 of the Options booklet.

Finally, our Lead Teacher for PE, Mrs Ridley-Williams  has created the presentation below with further details on this course.

For any further questions about this subject, please email:

l.williams@dittonparkacademy.co.uk

Any other queries should be directed to:

office@dittonparkacademy.co.uk

Media Studies

Dear Year 8 Student and Parent/Carer

We are pleased to see that you have an interest in Media Studies GCSE.

The link to the Exam Board page for this course is:

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/media-studies/gcse

Additional details of the course can be found on page 32 of the Options booklet.

Finally, our Lead Teacher for Media, Ms Kular  has created the presentation below with further details on this course.

For any further questions about this subject, please email:

t.kular@dittonparkacademy.co.uk

Any other queries should be directed to:

office@dittonparkacademy.co.uk

Religious Education

Dear Year 8 Student and Parent/Carer

We are pleased to see that you have an interest in Religious Education GCSE.

The link to the Exam Board page for this course is:

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/religious-studies-b-2016.html

Additional details of the course can be found on page 33 of the Options booklet.

Finally, our Lead Teacher for RE, Mr Oliva has created the presentation below with further details on this course.

For any further questions about this subject, please email:

a.oliva@dittonparkacademy.co.uk

Any other queries should be directed to:

office@dittonparkacademy.co.uk