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Year 9 Options

Year 9 Options 2023|2024

I would like to welcome you to The Duston School’s GCSE options page for 2023/2024. A lot of time, care and thought has been given to the option choices that are open to you as a potential GCSE student.

Over the last three years you will have received a very strong academic grounding via our Key Stage 3 curriculum. You will now possess a considerable bedrock of Knowledge which will serve you well as a GCSE student. We are now asking you to begin to streamline and specialise your curriculum, making key decisions about your future pathways. This is a real opportunity to personalise your curriculum appropriately to you.

We expect all students to study Maths, English, Science, Statistics and Core PE. However, you will now have the opportunity to select from a wide array of GCSE options. All students will study either History or Geography and the majority will continue with the Modern Foreign Language that you studied in Key Stage 3. It is our ambition that the majority of students will access the EBaac. The EBaac is highly desired by both universities and employers and will serve to unlock many doors for you. You are then asked to pick a further a GCSE courses from a broad range of subjects. In total, Duston School students will work towards nine GCSE qualifications.  

The decisions that you are now being asked to make will play a part in shaping your future educational and career opportunities. It is incredibly important that you think carefully about your option choices and take the time to talk with your family and your teachers about your potential decisions. I would urge you to consider carefully the subjects you have a genuine interest and enthusiasm for.

Should you require further support, advice and guidance then please do utilise the array of expertise from the staffing body. Please remember that ‘our core aim is to help students climb the tree of knowledge so they can access University, Higher Education, Employment or an Apprenticeship and be the very best edit of themselves.’

I am intensely proud of your achievements so far, and I am more than confident that you will be incredibly successful over the next two years of your academic studies. The staffing body and I are here to support you throughout this next phase, so you can meet your full potential. I do hope that we can continue to inspire you to dream, believe and achieve.



Mr Strickland - Principal 


Year 9 Options Presentation 

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Options Guide


Core Subject Information Videos


French & Spanish





Option Subject  Information Videos

Business Studies

Computer Science

Design & Technology

Digital Information Technology



Film Studies

Fine Art



Hair & Beauty


Hospitality & Catering

Media Studies