Options Available at Brannel School

As students choose the subjects they want to continue into Year 10 and 11, we encourage them to take a long term view of their future and recognise that the decisions they make now will have an important influence on their further study and careers once they leave us in Summer 2023.

Information on the qualifications being offered are in the Options Booklet 2021 and we would encourage Parents and students to read through this together. The Options Process 2021 gives further information on how students should make their choices and what guidance and support is available to them.

Our Expectation: every student leaves with at least 8 qualifications

Brannel students are expected to achieve at least 8 qualifications, from the groups detailed below..

Group 1. Compulsory (3 GCSEs)

English Language, English Literature, Mathematics

Group 2. Ebacc (at least 3 GCSEs)

Either Combined Science (2 GCSEs) and choose an additional one from French, Geography, History, Spanish or Computing

Or Separate Sciences (3 GCSEs)

Group 3. Open (2 GCSEs or Vocational Awards)

Choose from: Animal Care, Art, Child Development, Computer Science, Construction, Design Technology, Drama, French, Geography, History, Hospitality & Catering, Creative iMedia, Music, Photography, PE, Separate Science, Spanish, Sport

Important Dates

  • 20th January    Options Assembly
  • 26th January     Parents evening
  • 10th February   Option form to be completed online
  • March               Discussions with students about their options choices
  • May                  Final choices confirmed


Registering for SIMS Student and Options Online

Year 9 Letter Options process

Useful Links

Students begin their two-year courses in September of Year 10 and take their final examinations in Summer of Year 11. This gives them valuable qualifications for further education, training and/or apprenticeships. All students must continue in some form of education and/or training until they are 18 and many beyond this. It is therefore important that students consider what qualifications would be most suitable for their preferred Post 16 options and their future career opportunities.

Information and advice for Post 16 options and beyond is available through the school and you may also find these links and resources useful.

Callywith College  

Cornwall College

Newquay Tretherras

The Apprenticeship Guide 

Truro and Penwith College 


The Russell Group, which represents the top 24 universities in the UK, provide a useful guidance document about making subject choices at school, called Informed Choices.


For any queries regarding options, please contact mharris@brannel.com