Senior Curriculum & GCSE Options

St Clare’s follow the English curriculum for GCSE examinations.  Although University might seem a long way off when deciding on GCSEs, choices at this stage can directly impact on options when it comes to A-levels and, in turn when applying to University.

Choosing which GCSE subjects to take will shape what happens when you leave full-time education. Getting the right mix of skills and qualifications to prepare you for your future isn’t easy. How do you know you are making the right subject choices, especially if you don’t know what career you would like to follow?

At St Clare’s, all pupils must study English (language and literature), Mathematics and at least one science. In addition, a humanities subject and a modern language are strongly recommended to provide a broad and balanced curriculum.

Option Choices

  • A Science subject (Biology, Chemistry or Physics)

Pupils have 6 further subject choices from the following:

  • Spanish
  • French
  • A second/third science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
  • Art & Design
  • Geography
  • History
  • Computer Science
  • Physical Education
  • Drama
  • Graphic Communication

Additionally, study support skills are available to those who might benefit.

There is also a compulsory non-examined course in PE/Games and a lesson of PSE or Careers each week.

If you have any questions, it is important to ask. For enquiries about applying for Year 10 for Autumn 2018, please contact our Registrar, Mrs Holly Fowlkes, who will be able to supply the GCSE Option Boxes.

Option choices can be made by logging on to the Careers Wales website:

Log in with username and password. Click ‘In my school’ and then click ‘Free Choices’. Pupils can then enter their choices and save. If they wish to make any changes they simply amend their choices and save again. This can be done as many times as necessary.

Clicking on ‘Courses’ and then ‘Optional Courses’ provides a list of the subjects offered at St Clare’s and information on each subject.