Which GCSE options should I choose?

During years 10 and 11 you’ll study for GCSEs, you will have choices over which subjects you want to keep studying.

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

What is GCSE study like?

In most courses you will take a final exam at the end of year 11.  You will be graded from 1 to 9, where 9 is the best grade you can achieve, 4 is a pass mark, and 5 is considered a strong pass.

Moving onto post-16 education)

If you have not achieved a grade 4 in Maths or English you will have to re take them during your post 16 study.

GCSE Science

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 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

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 has also 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.