Curriculum in Years 9-11

The Carlton Academy offers a broad and balanced curriculum for students at in Years 9-11. The options process - called Guided Choices- takes place in the spring term of Year 8, as we offer a three year Key Stage 4 GCSE curriculum for student from year 9 to 11. We know that this approach has led to significantly improved outcomes for all groups of students in terms of attainment and progress as evidenced in our examinations results since 2012. 

Students make four choices as 'options' to study in Years 9-11, as well as continuing to access our extensive wider curriculum offer. This includes opportunities to take additional qualifications and experiences such as Arts Awards and engage with our wider curriculum offer.

The options process is carefully designed to meet the needs of every student. Each student (and parent) is provided with support and guidance when selecting GCSE options by the Academy's curriculum and pastoral teams.

As part of their Key stage 4 studies, all students study towards the following core curriculum throughout years 9-11:

  • GCSE English Language
  • GCSE English Literature
  • GCSE Maths
  • A double GCSE qualification in Science and in some cases a triple science course taught as part of the science curriculum (does not count as one of the options)
  • GCSE Full Course in Philosophy, Religion and Ethics (taught in years 9 and 10) after which more time is given to maxinmise achivement in English and Maths in Year 11
  • Core PE

Support is provided throughout the process in guiding students towards making the best selection of options subjects to maximise their progress and achievement at the end of Year 11. The Academy offers a wide range of both academic and vocational subjects and this offer is reviewed regularly to respond to curriculum developments and the learning needs of students.


Students take four choices from the options booklet alongside their core offer. Three of these courses are studies for three years and one is completed at the end of Year 10. This approach gives students a chance to focus on achieving the best possible outcome in this course, alongwide their RE qualification and then gives them additional time for their studies in their other options in Year 11. 

You can download a copy of the most recent Options Booklet from the icon below:

March 2019 Options Booklet

March 2019 Options Evening presentation to parents

Exam breakdowns and revision guides for GCSEs



Please click here for 2018 Year 11 leavers destinations data

Please click here for the 2017 Year 11 destinations data


Exam Revision Resources

You can download a copy of the resources available from the links below

GCSE Online Revision Guide

Revision Resources

BBC Bitesize - Exam Boards

A copy of the instrumental lessons in school can be found here.