Which GCSE options should I choose?

If you’re in year 9, or coming up to year 9, you’ll be starting to think about what GCSEs you’re going to take. This can be a daunting but also very exciting time, and there are lots of guides available to help you choose the best options for you.

Need to know: First of all, there are some subjects that are compulsory at GCSE level. These are:

  • English (English Literature and English Language or a single English GCSE)
  • Maths
  • Science (Combined Science or Individual Sciences)

Some useful online guides:

Still unsure?

  • Ask teachers about what that subject is like at GCSE
  • Which subjects do you enjoy?
  • What are you good at?
  • Talk to your family and see the CAREERS ADVISER at school

GCSEs have changed!

There is less coursework and more importance placed on the final exam. The new style GCSEs is graded from 1 to 9, where 9 is the best grade you can achieve. There is no direct match to the old GCSEs, but 4 will be a pass mark, and 5 considered a strong pass.

Moving onto post-16 education)

When young people progress to college or school 6th form they will have to re-take their English and or maths if they have not achieved a grade 4 in these subjects.


GCSE Science

GCSEs for science have changed in England. If you’re taking separate science GCSEs, you will get a grade from 9 to 1 in each subject. Combined Science incorporates content from Physics, Chemistry and Biology and you will get an award that is worth two GCSEs.

If you are studying Combined Science, your award will be worth two GCSEs which consist of two equal or adjacent grades from 9 to 1 (for example 9-9, 9-8, 8-8, 8-7, 7-7…to 1-1). If the two grades are different, the highest number will always be written on the left.

You can get more information about the changes here:


Primary and Secondary Academic Support

Would you like to have somewhere to go after school to get your homework done in a quiet supportive environment? visit  to find out about the Redbridge Homework club.

Weston Homework Club

Southampton University have recently set up a homework club that takes place at Weston Library. The sessions are for secondary school age pupils and run every Wednesday at YMCA Weston Community Library, 68 Weston Lane, Southampton, SO19 9GH . The sessions are on a drop in basis, so there is no need to book in advance.