Welcome back to the new term. As you will all be aware, we are about to start the all-important process of helping your child to make their GCSE choices for study in Years 10 and 11. Please find below a timeline for the Options Process which we hope you will find useful:


Options Process:

Monday 1 February

Options Booklet with introductory letter sent to parents/ carer

Wednesday 3 February @ 6.00 p.m.

Launch of Options Process – please click to join the event - Virtual Live Presentation. There will be a chance to ask questions (these will either be answered live or via a FAQs document sent out after the event). The presentation will be recorded, so will be available to view should you be unable to attend.

From Friday 5 February

Parents/Carers can email: Options@mrc-academy.org to ask questions.

Friday 12 February

Updated FAQ document published.

w/c 22 February

Parents/Carers will be able to access subject information and presentations from Heads of Department (HoD) and Directors about each GCSE in the booklet.

w/c 22 February


Parents/Carers can email: Options@mrc-academy.org to ask any follow-up questions from the presentations or seeking clarifications.

w/c 8 March

Final version of FAQs produced.

Thursday 18 March

Virtual Parents’ Evening – parents/carers will be able to ask teachers/ HoDs any final questions.

Options Form deadline

Options Form submitted by Monday 22 March to Mrs PIckett



Download the Year 10 and Year 11 Options form
GCSE Options FAQs

If Triple Science proves to be too difficult and is changed to combined does another GCSE have to be chosen?

Yes, another option would need to be chosen. This decision would need to be made before the October half term in Year 10.

Are Core subject examined?

Core subjects (Sport, RP and PSE) are not examined.

Higher Maths and Triple Science need Grade 6, when will these tests take place?

We hope that they will, but this will be dependent on COVID-19 and school closure. Assessments will be held when it is possible to do so.

Is Combined Science taught in ability sets?

Yes, it is.

If you do Combined Science can you do a science at A level?

Yes, you can, an agreed grade will have to be achieved in the same way that it is for Triple Science. For all three sciences at A level, we ask that a grade 6 is achieved in the combined (Trilogy) award.

Where does Computer Science sit on the EBacc pathway?

Computer Science is on the EBacc pathway as a science.

If you do Triple Science does this equate to 9 or 10 GCSEs

Whichever route you take the total number of GCSEs taken is 9.



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