Year 9 Information, Advice and Guidance

Welcome to the Year 9 Information, Advice and Guidance page. Here you will find all the information you will need to support your child to choose their option subjects, which they will begin studying at the start of Year 10.

If you have any questions or would like to arrange a meeting with a member of the Senior Leadership Team after the Easter break regarding your child’s options, please contact us on the following email address: options@cathedral.trinitymat.org

BTEC Art & Design

Studying Art not only allows students to express their creative side, but also allows them to discover more about art techniques. Students will combine theory and practice when creating their own projects. Art is a fantastic option for those who want to develop their creativity and understand how the theory of Art can support this.

BTEC Business & Enterprise

This course will offer students a practical introduction to life and work as an entrepreneur. Students will develop an understanding of the skills needed to be successful when developing business ideas, as well as an appreciation of the importance of planning and knowledge of the market. Students will also analyse and evaluate their enterprise skills. Students will learn how to analyse and interpret information in relation to an enterprise and to make recommendations on strategies to use to improve the performance of the enterprise. The course has three assessment components, one which undergoes external assessment, and two that are internally assessed.

GCSE Computer Science

GCSE Computer Science is a course with two sections and an exam at the end of each in Year 11. It is designed to develop your computing skills through problem solving as well as knowledge around current technology.

Section one investigates computers and how they work, from hardware and software to networks. You will look at ethics behind computing and technology, discussing it’s potential for the future, as well as current issues around hacking, information security and Artificial Intelligence.

Section two will develop your coding skills, primarily using Python. You will explore algorithms and problem solving in a logical way, enabling you to develop skills needed to solve issues in a career in programming.

Computer science is a great opportunity for those wanting to excel in computing, and to really develop key skills that will be integral if exploring the subject in further and higher education.

BTEC Creative Media

This course is split into three components, two of which are internally assessed coursework and the final unit is an externally assessed examination. Component 1 Exploring media products Students will explore the content and purpose of digital media products, style and the use of digital design principles, idea generation and the production process, industry regulations and professional practices. Component 2 Developing digital media production skills Students will experiment with a variety of media production skills and techniques, apply the technical skills that they learn, reflect on their progress and use of skills, as well as how they could improve. Component 3 Create a media product in response to a brief Students will learn how to respond to a media brief, plan their response to the brief, apply skills and techniques to a production, justify the process and outcome that they have developed and reflect on their application of skills, time management and use of resources.

GCSE French

French is the sixth most widely spoken language in the world with 220 million speakers. As a result, this GCSE offers pupils a unique opportunity to explore and develop their knowledge of another culture through language. In addition, there’s a wealth of evidence linking success in languages to both success in the workplace and improvements in memory and intelligence. A qualification in languages is advantageous to any 6th Form or university application. The French GCSE course is made up of four key skills, each of which has an examined component: listening, speaking, reading and writing. With this in mind, students learn to both speak and write French accurately and creatively, and to listen, read and respond to a range of original French texts. Students choosing this option should have a passion for languages and be resilient in the face of challenge.

GCSE Geography

This course will help students understand more about the world in which they live. Geography is about so much more than the location of countries – students will look at physical Geography such as earthquakes, as well as human areas such as tourism. This subject supports a wide range of careers such as town and country planning and environmental work.

BTEC Health and Social Care

This qualification provides students with a taste of what the health and social care sector is like, enabling them to make informed choices about their future career. The course includes one external task and two additional coursework elements. Students study topics including human growth and development, health and social care services and factors affecting people’s health and well-being. All of these topics will provide students with an opportunity to gain a broad understanding of the health and social care sector needed for future study or employment.

GCSE History

History is a fascinating subject that helps students to make sense of the present as well as develop their reasoning and debating skills. It relates to many careers such as Law, and this subject is brought to life through lesson activities and opportunities to take part in residential trips. A range of units are studied including the Korean and Vietnam wars. Studies also focus on the USA, the history of medicine over time and Elizabethan England.

BTEC Hospitality & Catering

This qualification focuses on the applied study of working in the food/cookery or hospitality sector. This qualification is ideal for students wishing to develop their knowledge and understanding of the principles of food science such as food functions, balanced diets, environments for cooking and modifying recipes and the hospitality industry. Students will be challenged and taught practical skills through hands on experiences. This course is a natural choice for those interested in a career in food or nutrition.

BTEC Music

As part of this subject, students will undertake a comprehensive study of Music to both develop skills and explore the technical aspects. Units include using technology to create music, rehearsal techniques and developing as a performer. Students should have a passion for music, which will be reflected in their support of academy performances. Music offers students the ability to learn new technical skills that can be applied to their future prospects and creative career paths.

GCSE PE

GCSE PE is an excellent choice for anyone who wishes to further their understanding and skill level in sport and for students who have an interest in the theoretical areas of sport. Students develop theoretical knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin physical activity and sport and use this knowledge and understanding to improve performance. They will understand how the physiological and psychological state affects performance. They will learn how to perform effectively in different physical activities by developing skills and techniques and selecting and using tactics and strategies and/or compositional ideas. Students will understand the contribution that physical activity and sport make to health, fitness and well-being.

BTEC Performing Arts - Dance

Working as a performer/dancer requires the application of skills and techniques that enable you to produce and interpret lots of exciting performances! You will communicate with an audience through a variety of dance styles and through professional-standard rehearsals and performances.

There are three units of study:

  • Exploring the Performing Arts (internally assessed)
  • Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts (internally assessed)
  • Performing to a Brief (externally assessed)

In addition to developing excellent dance and choreography skills, this course allows students to develop valuable life and employability skills, from problem solving to leadership. Students will also build self-confidence and creativity while learning about the varied range of careers available in the Performing Arts industry. Students choosing Performing Arts: Dance require commitment, focus, and energy and will have the opportunity to watch live dance performances and work with professional dancers and choreographers!

BTEC Performing Arts - Drama

Working as a performer/actor requires the application of skills and techniques that enable you to produce and explore lots of exciting performances! You will communicate with an audience through a variety of different acting styles and through professional-standard rehearsals and performances.

There are three units of study:

  • Exploring the Performing Arts (internally assessed)
  • Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts (internally assessed)
  • Performing to a Brief (externally assessed)

In addition to developing excellent acting and devising skills, this course allows students to develop valuable life and employability skills, from decision-making to empathy. Students will also build self-confidence and creativity while learning about the varied range of careers available in the Performing Arts industry. Students choosing Performing Arts: Acting require commitment, focus, and energy and will have the opportunity to watch live theatre performances and work with professional actors/companies!

GCSE Photography

Photography is visual arts course which concentrates on producing images using light-sensitive materials such as photographic film, or digital production. The study of photography adds so much value to our lives, by recording special events, people, or places, as well as helping us learn and grow as people. It allows you to share your life and experiences in more meaningful ways via images, either online or printed and given as gifts.

GCSE Religious Studies

Religious Studies is a diverse and thought provoking subject that helps students to understand more about the world around them. The course is split into two halves: one consists of studying Religion and Ethics through Christianity. This looks at themes such as marriage and family life and matters of life and death. The other half examines religion, peace and conflict through Islam and looks at themes such as crime and punishment. Religious Studies supports a variety of career options and demonstrates that students are able to understand and appreciate a variety of views while developing their own.

BTEC Sport

This course features a combination of practical and classroom based activities to develop skills and knowledge in areas such as health and well-being, planning and leading sports activities, and developing an understanding of how human anatomy can impact sports performance. This course is predominantly theoretical in nature with elements of practical study. This subject may lead to further study in the sports field such as sports development, coaching, fitness and leisure.

BTEC Travel and Tourism

This course will help students understand more about the growing tourism sector in the UK and the world and how countries react to ensure that they continue to meet the demands of visitors. Students will study areas such as the Lake District and Florida to look at how travel, technology and lifestyles have been affected to ensure that the tourism continues to grow. There is also a strong focus on the motivations for travel and how difference services are offered by organisations to passengers to ensure maximum satisfaction. This qualification gives students an insight into business in the travel and tourism sector and just how important it is to economies around the world.