At RSD we understand that choosing a career path and which subjects to study at this early stage can be a daunting prospect. This is natural and nothing to worry about. The Careers staff, along with the Head of Year, the Heads of Key Stages 3 and 4 and the subject Heads of Department are on hand to advise. Parents are invited to a special parents evening to discuss the many and varied options open to our pupils. This page identifies the compulsory GCSE subjects along with the many options subjects on offer and allows you to view online or download the comprehensive Options Booklet.
Pupils taking Double Award Science or two separate sciences will choose four further subjects from the options below. Those taking three sciences will choose three further subjects. All pupils take non examination R.E., Learning for Life and Work, P.E. and Games.
Pupils who do not study English Literature will take GCSE RE Short Course which is worth half a GCSE. Initially pupils have a free choice and the option blocks will be determined in order to satisfy as many pupils as possible.
The Options Booklet expands greatly on the information on this page and gives details of subjects which may not be very familiar to parents or pupils, including the provision for Double Award Science.
Please note that, while every effort is made to accommodate pupil preferences, the School reserves the right to determine the final selection regarding allocation to any subject or class. In exceptional cases this may include reference to the professional judgement of teachers.