Chetwynde School

Chetwynde School, Croslands, Rating Lane, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, LA13 0NY

Chetwynde School

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Options Information

Making curriculum choices in Year 9 is a serious process here at Chetwynde. The options chosen for Years 10 and 11 will affect how your child will spend their time at school for the next two years. The choices made will also influence what options are available after Year 11 in terms of further study. These options will be studied alongside our core curriculum of English, Maths, Science, Core PE and PSHE.


It is vitally important to choose subjects for the correct reasons. Please spend some time with your child thinking about what subjects they enjoy doing, what keeps them interested and motivated.


Good reasons for choosing an option

  • You are good at the subject.
  • You think you will enjoy the course.
  • It fits your career ideas and plans.
  • It goes well with your other choices.
  • It helps to give you plenty of choice post 16
  • You think you might want to continue studying it post 16
  • Your research shows that it will interest you and motivate you to learn.

POOR reasons for choosing an option

  • Your friends have chosen it.
  • You think it will be easy.
  • Someone else thinks it is a good idea.
  • You like the teacher you have now.
  • You did not have time to research your options properly.



Your Choice 2021 is your full guide to all of the subjects we offer in Key Stage 4. It is very important to read it carefully so that you understand what is expected of you in each subject. All of our courses will lead to a formal qualification at the end.


These are the most common qualifications for 16-year-olds. They are academic courses, which cover Level 1 and 2 of the Qualifications Credit Framework. Grades 1-3 are at Level 1 / Foundation Level and Grades 9-4 are at Level 2. Success at Level 1 can lead to a Level 2 course post-16 and success at Level 2 can lead to Level 3 courses such as A-Levels and BTEC National qualifications. For the purpose of comparison, a Grade 4 is equivalent to a grade C on the old GCSEs and a Grade 7 is equivalent to an A.

Vocational Qualifications

Alongside GCSE courses we offer an alternative qualification, that is considered equivalent to GCSEs. These courses are OCR Cambridge Nationals 
The qualifications rely much more heavily on coursework than examination performance. The grades awarded are Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction*. A level 2 pass is equivalent to a grade 4.

English Baccalaureate

The ‘English Baccalaureate’ or ‘EBacc’ is one of the measures the government uses for schools, to cover the number of students who gain 9-4 GCSE grades in a particular range of academic subjects – these are:



3.Combined Science/Separate Sciences History or Geography


The government advises schools, parents and students that studying English Baccalaureate is the best option for the majority of students, especially those who intend to study A-levels and attend university. It will therefore by our recommendation to most students that their options include either history or geography and a modern foreign language.


  • - Provides information, advice and guidance to help individuals make decisions on learning, training and work. Young people can explore over 800 different career profiles and learn more about the skills needed for potential new careers.
  • - Young people can explore a range of different career options and be inspired by real-life stories from those who are currently following those career pathways.
  • - This website is packed full of resources for young people to understand more about the world of work, including advice from people who have found the right path for them. The website also provides access to many BBC programmes featuring careers and the world of work.
  • - Careers Advice for students and parents. Young people and parents can explore careers, find out about top employers, and search for the latest advice, jobs, courses and more. Parents can register for their own newsletter and you can download student and parent guides.
  • - The University Admissions service website allows you to search any course interest across all UK universities. It will also indicate which subjects and grades are required to access specific courses and careers.
  • All further education and training providers, university and apprentice providers have the key subject and career information on their own websites

Qualifications Studied at Chetwynde

Art & Design GCSE


Biology GCSE


Chemistry GCSE


Computer Science GCSE


Creative Imedia National Cambridge


Design Technology GCSE


Drama GCSE


Engineering Design National Cambridge


English Language GCSE


English Literature GCSE


French GCSE


Geography GCSE


History GCSE


Maths GCSE


Physical Education GCSE


Physics GCSE


Religious Studies GCSE




Skills Development Option

Some students, typically those who have previously dropped a language and have been receiving additional support lessons in Key Stage 3, may wish to choose Skills Development as an option choice.

If a pupil chooses skills development, they will receive six lessons a fortnight focused on English, Maths and Science with the additional benefit of reducing the number of potential GCSEs they take leaving more time to focus on the core subjects. 

 Closer to exam time, these lessons also provide revision skills and techniques.

 The decision to take Skills Development as an option is made between pupils, parents and the SENDCo.


ASDAN CoPE  (Certificate of Personal Effectiveness), please note - not a GCSE 

Please be aware that this option is only available by invitation from the SENDCo.

The Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE) is a substantial and wide-ranging Level 1 / Level 2 vocational qualification.  By undertaking this course you will:

  • Develop and demonstrate a range of personal, key and employability skills 
  • Broaden your experience 
  • Manage your learning in a variety of real-life contexts.  

Over the 2 years, you will produce a portfolio of evidence showing practical skills and activities you have undertaken as well as written work you have completed.  We look at various modules, including Communication, citizenship and community, sport and leisure, the environment, health and fitness, science and technology, international links, expressive arts and beliefs and values.  You will also have the chance to investigate independent living, vocational preparation and work-related learning and enterprise.  

To achieve the qualification, you will work on these topics building your portfolio of evidence and complete 6 assessments over the course.  The assessments are different to traditional school assessments and emphasis is put on planning, putting the plan in to action and reviewing your own work. Assessments include working with others, improving your own learning and performance (this could be done whilst learning a new skill such as cooking, first aid or playing a new board game for example), problem solving, planning and carrying out a piece of research, communicating through discussion and planning and giving an oral presentation.  

If you enjoy the course and decide to continue to Level 2 and 3 at college or higher education, CoPE Level 3 carries UCAS points.