Thurston Community College

KS4 Options Guidance

We believe that it is important that students study qualifications of the very highest quality and place them in the best position to move into further and higher education, employment and training.

As a student at Thurston Community College, you will take more responsibility for your education and your future.

Key Dates

Thursday 25 January 2024 - Year 9 Parent and Student Evening (virtual)

Thursday 25 January 2024 - Year 9 Key Stage 4 Options assembly. 

Thursday 01 February 2024 - Key Stage 4 Options Evening. Students and staff will be available to talk about all the courses and pathways which we offer. There will be a general presentation at 18:15 in our auditorium and again at 19:00.

Friday 01 March 2024 - Deadline for Options Choices Form Submission. Forms must be submitted by 16:00.

Key Stage 4 Options Booklet

Click here to view the Key Stage 4 Options Booklet for 2024.

How to submit your options choices:

A Guide to Creating an Options Online Account for Students

Qualifications at Key Stage 4

There will be two types of qualifications available to students:

  1. GCSE qualifications which are linear qualifications where the course is assessed in one or more exams at the end of the course.
  2. Technical Awards such as RSL and Cambridge National courses involve more assessment throughout the course. You may be required to complete coursework, practical exams and/or complete shorter exams during Year 10 and 11. These courses are usually graded in terms of Distinction* (equivalent to GCSE 8/9), Distinction (GCSE 7), Merit (GCSE 6), Pass (GCSE 4/5).

Students will have the opportunity to take both types of qualification at Thurston Community College depending on your interests and future aspirations.

Where should I start?

It is important to talk to your parents, your tutor, your class teachers and other staff. Engage with assemblies, tutor time activities and attend our KS4 Options Evening on Thursday 1 February. You can also arrange a careers appointment with our Careers Advisor (Ms Johnson) for advice and guidance: careers@thurstoncollege.org

Will I get my preferred choices?

We will do our best to give you your preferred choices, but it is not always possible, so you will be asked to choose reserves. Most courses have a maximum number of students they can accept because of the limits of specialist rooms and staff.

For a course to be taught it must have been chosen by a sufficient number of students. We cannot, therefore, guarantee that all courses listed will definitely be available. Final decisions on whether courses run can be based on student uptake, staffing implications, timetabling and equipment practicalities.

The videos below are designed to provide you with further information about course content.

Please note, some videos may be unavailable due to recent changes in exam board specifications. Further information about all courses will be available at our Key Stage 4 Options Evening.