Year 8 into 9 Programme of Study Process
We invite you to use the resources on this web page to help inform your decision on your programme of study choices. You will find a range of resources such as our Key Stage 4 (KS4) Programme of Study Booklet, audio-visual presentations and a frequently asked questions guide. We also offer you the opportunity to ask us questions that you may have and provide us with your preliminary choices via the Google Form linked below.
Making your choices
This is an exciting time and provides you with the opportunity to study for the subjects that you believe most suit you. Since the school has started delivering GCSEs over three years, the benefits for both pupils and teachers have become obvious. This means that you can take subjects you enjoy, whilst also trying new and exciting ones that we offer at Cowbridge. The benefit for you is that it will increase your engagement and help set you up for your future studies and career. For teachers, it allows more time to teach the content interactively whilst enriching learning experiences.
Before you read the KS4 Programme of Study Booklet, take the opportunity to watch the presentation where we discuss some of the key messages that you need to be aware of before choosing your KS4 pathway.
If you have any further questions, we have created this easy to read ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ guide. In it, you will find answers to everything from ‘What subjects are compulsory?’ to ‘Do I need to take the subject at GCSE to continue into A Level?’
KS4 Programme of Study Booklet
Now that you have listened to the presentation, it is important that you read the KS4 Programme of Study Booklet below. This guide provides you with an outline of what content is covered in each subject and an overview of the assessment objectives, how the courses are assessed and, finally, an outline of what you can do with the subject after GCSE.
We asked subject leaders to provide answers to the frequently asked questions that are often put to us as part of this process. Here is a summary of the kind of questions that have been frequently asked which may help you in forming your choices. The list is not exhaustive but a useful help guide.
Are there still questions that you would like to ask us?
We are aware that you may still have questions that may need addressing. Please feel free to use the Google Form below to ask these questions, whether they involve the programme of study process or subject specific questions. We will get back to you with answers to the questions posed.
Year 9 Programme of Study Choices Timeline and Process
The following timeline provides an overview of the process:
- Programme of Study Presentation - Available on the school website from 5 March 2021.
- Subject information - Available on the school website from 5 March 2021.
- Provisional Programme of Study Form (Google Form) 5 March – 19 March 2021.
Please note that we will get back in touch with pupils should clashes be unresolved or to inform them that courses are not running due to insufficient numbers.
In order to submit your subject choices, please use the link to the Google Forms below
Year 9 Programme of Study Choices - September 2021
Please complete the Google Form that has been shared with you by:
Friday 19 March 2021
As a starting point in the curriculum construction, the columns below represent the most viable options for an effective timetable. These programme of study columns are provisional as they can change due to staffing availability and pupil choices. Subjects will only be provided if class sizes are sufficient.
Every pupil will study the following subjects that make up the core curriculum: English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Mathematics – Numeracy, Science, Ethics and Philosophy, Physical Education and Welsh. Pupils are to choose a further five subjects that they wish to study to GCSE/IVQ/BTEC Level.
You will need to choose one subject from each column.
Due to pupil choices, subjects may be added to more than one/two programme of study columns. If you have a ‘clash’ indicate the subjects and column on the Google Form so that we can work on this.