Year 8 Options Process 2022

Welcome to the Year 8 Options process.  Below you will find the Options Booklet (a copy of which your child will bring home with them), together with short films on all the subject choices that are available.

Watch our film on the Options Process here:   The Options Process

 

Director of Faculty: Miss C Pennington

Art and Design will help you to learn about the visual world, acquire the ability to investigate, observe, analyse, experiment and problem-solve. The course will also enable you to continue to develop your practical skills learnt at KS3 and also to express your ideas visually and help you develop your imaginative powers. There are many careers in the field of Art and Design such as advertising, marketing, textile and interior design, product design, architecture, animation/film, fashion, photography, illustration, publishing and media.

Watch the film on Art and Design by Ms Pennington here: Art and Design Film

Watch a short film about what students who picked Art and Design say here: Art and Design Student View

 

Director of Faculty: Mrs A Thornton

Business and commerce forms such a large part of our lives that we sometimes take it for granted. This course looks at business in a consumer society, how they are developed and how they work. It focuses on how businesses promote themselves and keep their customers happy, aiming to help students to develop as enterprising individuals with the ability to think commercially and creatively, and to draw on evidence to be able to solve problems and make informed business decisions.

Watch the film on Business by Ms Thornton here: Business Studies Film

Watch a short film about what students who picked Business say here: Student View - Business Studies

Director of Faculty: Mrs G Green

Computer Science has become a very high-profile subject over the last few years. The ability to program computers is a very valuable skill. Computing is of enormous importance to the economy, and the role of Computer Science as a discipline itself and as an 'underpinning' subject across Science and Engineering is growing rapidly.

Watch the film on Computer Science by Mrs Canning here: Computer Science Film

Watch a short film about what students who picked Computer Science say here: Computer Science - Student View

Director of Faculty: Mrs G Green

The BTEC is a vocational qualification that takes an engaging, practical and inspiring approach to learning and assessment. The everyday use of IT, from PCs to smartphones, now impacts all our lives. This new qualification in digital IT reflects this and provides students with a solid understanding of the subject which they can use in their working lives.

Watch the film on Digital IT by Mrs Green here: Digital IT Film

Watch a short film about what students who picked Digital IT say here: Student View - Digital IT

Director of Faculty: Mr A Conroy

Geography is a topical subject. Students who study Geography will gain an understanding of the world around them and learn about the effect the environment has on people and the communities in which they live.  Students will develop a variety of skills through practical work including fieldwork and decision-making exercises. 

Watch the film on Geography by Ms Evans here: Geography Film

Watch a short film about what students who picked Geography say here: Student View - Geography

Director of Faculty: Ms C Pennington

Art & Design based subjects help you to learn about the visual world: aesthetics, purpose and function. You will use your understanding of visual communication to problem solve and meet the briefs that are set. 

Watch the film on Graphic Design by Mrs Neville here: Graphic Design Film

Watch a short film about what students who picked Graphic Design say here: Student View - Graphic Design

Lead teacher: Ms A Thornton

Health and Social Care is a course designed for those students who have an interest in pursuing further education or a career in a health and social setting such as care homes, nurseries and hospitals. 

Watch the film on Health and Social Care by Ms Thornton here: Health and Social Care Film

Watch a short film about what students who picked Health and Social Care say here: Health and Social Care - Student View

Director of Faculty: Mr A Conroy

One of our key aims is to demonstrate the relevance of studying history to understanding the world around you today.  The course will look at the historical origins of a number of social and political features of the world today including our justice system, the development of democracy and the welfare state and the westward spread of the United States of America.  By the end of the course students will have looked at a wide range of topics and will understand that to comprehend the world in which they live they must know about the past.

Watch the film on History by Miss Scott here: History Film

Watch a short film about what students who picked History say here: Student View - History

Lead Teacher: Miss C Phippen

From Hollywood Cinema to Contemporary UK Film there is so much more to Film Studies than simply watching films. As well as gaining an appreciation of film as an art form in terms of its visual storytelling, studying film can enhance your understanding of the world. Not only will it change the way you watch film, but it will challenge you to think in new ways and question or change your perspective on a whole host of issues and developments within history, society and culture. The development of deeper critical and creative thinking gained by studying film is a much sought after transferable skill in both employment and further study.

Watch the film on Film Studies by Ms Phippen here: Film Studies

Watch a short film about what students who picked Film Studies say here: Film Studies - Student View

Mandarin, French, German, Spanish
Director of Faculty: Mrs E Mannion

If you enjoy communicating with other people, finding out how language works and learning about different countries and cultures, studying GCSE Mandarin, French, German or Spanish is an excellent choice for you!  You will learn about the countries where your language is spoken and get a lot more out of a trip there.  You will add an international dimension to your choice of GCSE subjects, preparing you for a world of global markets and multinational companies, which is something many future employers and higher education providers look for.

Watch the film on languages by Mrs Mannion here: Modern Foreign Languages

Watch these short films about what students who picked a MFL said here: 

Student View - Spanish
Student View - French
Student View - German
Student View - Mandarin

Head of Music: Mr D Chambers

You will want to study this subject if you have a love of music in all its forms.  You will have learnt much from your lessons in Key Stage 3 and want to take that on further. 

You may already have instrumental or vocal skills, but this is not essential.  You can still access the course even if you do not currently play an instrument – as long as you are prepared to take one up now and you are willing to perform! 

Watch the film on Music by Mr Chambers here: Music Film

Watch a short film about what students who picked Music say here: Music - Student View

Director of Faculty: Mr B Harrison

You will want to study this subject if you have an interest in the performing arts. You should be enthusiastic about performing in front of an audience and learning the craft of constructing a performance with purpose. Previous experience in school productions and external groups is beneficial but not necessary in joining the course, but you do have to be prepared to work as a team and contribute towards the development of performance skills and revise theoretical knowledge.

Watch the film on Drama by Mr Harrison here: Drama Film

Director of Faculty: Mr J Dhiman

If you want to teach, coach, go into the fitness industry or be a physiotherapist, then this is the choice for you.  You may also want to opt for this if you are not sure what you want to do but you enjoy PE and Biology.

Watch the film on PE by Mr Dhiman here: Physical Education

Watch a short film about what students who picked PE say here: PE - Student View

Director of Faculty: Miss E Tilley

Your brain is the most complex device in existence and because of it you are capable of art, music, love, happiness, hatred and charity. 

You are the most challenging riddle ever written!  To study Psychology you must have an interest in discovering how the human mind works and the ways in which it influences behaviour.  Studying Psychology will begin to give you answers to questions such as how we develop our personality, why people suffer from mental disorders and how they can be treated and why we are more likely to obey the orders of a policeman than a milkman!

Watch the film on Psychology by Miss Tilley here:  Psychology Film

Watch a short film about what students who picked Psychology say here: Psychology Student View

Director of Faculty: Ms C Pennington

Why study Textiles?
You will acquire abilities in investigation, analysis, experimentation, refinement and problem-solving. You will also expand your understanding of past and present artists, designers and craftspeople.

There are many careers in the field of Textiles such as interior design, textile manufacture, costume  and theatre design, fashion illustration & design, fashion marketing, fashion design in footwear, millinery, knitwear, graphics and fashion photography and publishing/blogging. 

Watch the film on Fashion and Textiles by Miss Herringshaw here: Fashion and Textile Design Film

Watch a short film about what students who picked Fashion and Textiles say here: Fashion and Textiles - Student View

Director of Faculty: Ms C Pennington

Why study 3D Design?
Art & Design based subjects help you to learn about the visual world: aesthetics, purpose and function. You will acquire abilities in investigation, analysis, experimentation, refinement and problem-solving. The course will also enable you to continue to develop your practical skills learnt at KS3 and to express your ideas visually using new materials and techniques and help you develop your powers of imagination. You will also expand your understanding of past and present artists and designers. A GCSE in Design can lead to A level Art and Design courses or to a full-time art/design course at an FE institution. There are many careers in the field of 3D Design such as architecture, engineering, product design, interior design, jewellery design, theatre design, craft manufacture plus many others related to utilising design process skills.

Watch the film on 3D Design by Mrs Pritchard here: 3D Design Film

Watch a short film about what students who picked 3D Design say here: 3D Design - Student View

Director of Faculty: Ms C Pennington

Hospitality & Catering is a NEW style vocational course, designed to be launched in Sept 2021 at JMS. It is similar, but not the same, as the FOOD & NUTRITION GCSE. This exciting and wide-ranging course is for students who enjoy working with all aspects of food preparation, catering business/ industry processes and the understanding and application of nutrition/dietary needs. The subject requires students to show evidence of knowledge and understanding of Food preparation and Food industry processes in written and project form as well as develop competent practical skills in a range of categories and food groups.

Watch the film on Hospitality and Catering by Mrs Brooks here: Hospitality and Catering Film

Watch a short film about what students who picked Hospitality and Catering say here: Hospitality and Catering - Student View