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Key Stage 4 Options

I am delighted to provide you with our 2020 year 9 Option Information brochure. I hope the information provided will help you and your child make informed decisions for next year.
Your child is nearing the end of Key stage 3 and about to make the most important decisions of their school life. The choices made about what subjects to study for the next two years may well have a major bearing on their future career and employment.

It is vital that pupils make informed and considered decisions and they fully understand the requirements of the courses. As parents you have a very important role in helping and guiding your child during this process. The aim of this brochure is to provide detailed information about the many subjects we offer and to explain the range of qualifications available.

All pupils starting in Year 10 in September 2020 will take two-year courses leading to GCSE or BTEC equivalent. Most of our courses are Level 2.
Level 2 qualifications – allow pupils to achieve grades A* – C
Level 1 qualification – allow pupils to achieve grades D – G

Your child will follow a curriculum made up of the following:
Core Subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Welsh
  • RE
  • PE
  • PSE
  • Welsh Baccalaureate

Plus three option subjects

All pupils in Wales are expected to study English, Mathematics, Science, along with Welsh (2nd language) RE, PE and PSE to the age of 16. English, Mathematics and Science Core subjects offer the possibility of gaining two GCSE equivalent in each core subject. In Morriston, we also offer the opportunity for pupils to take RE, Welsh or Triple Science to GCSE.

Every child in Wales will also be expected to study for the Welsh Baccalaureate. There are timetabled Welsh baccalaureate challenge lessons that will count as a stand-alone GCSE, pupils can then achieve the full Welsh Baccalaureate if they achieve A* – C passes in Maths, English and three other subjects.

Option Subjects

We offer a wide range of GCSE and vocational BTEC courses at Key stage 4. The majority of students usually take one vocational course, these courses are equivalent to GCSE qualifications and recognized by employers, colleges and universities. In Morriston pupils will choose three option subjects, they will study each subject 5 hours a fortnight.

Martin Franklin