Guided Pathways

Year 8 Guided Pathways


The 2017 Guided Pathways Booklet can be accessed here: Guided Pathways Booklet

The online system for entering subject preferences for Sept 2017 is now closed.  Please contact the Director of KS3: Mrs H Murphy or the Director of Year 8: Mr K Beck to discuss subject preferences.

Subject Preferences should be completed by 12:30pm 13th March 2017

From the beginning of Year 9, students follow a programme of courses leading to GCSE and technical qualifications. Some courses form part of the core curriculum and students will be guided to follow other additional subjects.

The Core (Compulsory) Subjects

Religious Education.

All students complete GCSE religious education in Year 11.

English Language & English Literature.

All students complete GCSE English language and GCSE literature in Year 11.

Mathematics All students complete GCSE mathematics in year 11.

Science All students complete GCSE combined science trilogy, this course includes biology, chemistry and physics (previously dual award science).


Core Non-Examined Subjects

All students complete courses in Core PE and PSCHE.  These courses are not accredited.

Guided Pathways In order to ensure that a balanced curriculum is followed, students are encouraged to consider studying subjects in four curriculum areas: Modern Foreign Languages, Humanities, Art/Performance/Creative subjects, Technology/Sciences.

Students should be aware of the English Baccalaureate suite of subjects which are: English, maths, science, a modern foreign language and either geography or history.  Students studying a modern foreign language will be advised to consider following this EBacc suite of subjects.

Modern Foreign Languages The majority of students will be guided to continue to study GCSE French and/or Spanish.  Teachers of these subjects and the Head of Year will provide this guidance.

Humanities Students are able to study GCSE geography and/or history. The small number not studying a modern language are offered guidance to study geography, history or Computer Science.

Open Subjects After identifying modern foreign language and humanities preferences, students have additional subjects for GCSE or technical qualifications to consider. Selecting one subject from each curriculum area gives a broad and balanced curriculum, however, some students may wish to specialise in an area of particular strength by studying more than one subject from an area or a second modern foreign language or humanities.


Arts/Performance/Creative Subjects


Art Graphics






Performing Arts


Technology/Science Subjects

Business Studies



Food Preparation and Nutrition

Health and Social Care and Child Development



Triple Science – Biology, Chemistry and Physics


A ‘Subject Blocking Sheet’ is provided at the back of the Guided Pathways Booklet to support students in identifying the subjects that they will study in years 9 to 11.  Students will be asked to identify a first and a second preference for subjects in each block using an online form.  Please note that, although we make every effort to run courses it will depend on the number of students in the group. There may also be certain combinations of subjects that we are unable to accommodate.


The Guided Pathways Booklet can be accessed here: Guided Pathways Booklet

The online system for entering subject preferences for Sept 2017 is now closed.  Please contact the Deputy Headteacher: Mrs Helen Murphy or the Director of Year 8: Mr Richard Tracey to discuss subject preferences.

St Wilfrid’s Catholic High School & Sixth Form College, a Voluntary Academy

Cutsyke Road, Featherstone, West Yorkshire, WF7 6BD

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01977 691000

The Bishop Konstant Catholic Academy Trust is an exempt charity regulated by the Secretary of State for Education.  It is a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales, company number 8253770, whose registered office is at The Zucchi Suite, Nostell Business Estate, Nostell, Wakefield, WF4 1AB.