Transition Year Choices

The transition year

Welcome to the Transition Year choices website. Here you will find key information about all the courses you will study during your Transition Year at HDHS, including both Core and Options subjects. At HDHS Year 9 is our Transition Year, as you start building links between Key Stage Three (KS3 - Years 7 and 8) and the foundations you need for subject mastery and success at Key Stage Four (KS4 - Years 10 and 11).

You have a wide range of choices to make for Year 9, which will help you to decide which subjects you would like to continue with at KS4 where you will complete your GCSEs. Each optional subject page includes key information about the course, as well as an online taster lesson and details about where the subject can take you in the future.

Which courses you study will depend on whether you are following the Purple Route (which includes the full English Baccalaureate) , or the Orange Route. Students in 8LKE and 8PSE will automatically be enrolled onto the Purple Route, and students in all other tutor groups can choose the full suite of EBacc subjects if they wish as well.

The deadline for you to make your choices is Friday 11th March. Prior to this you will have received a log in and password to the choices website. After this point, if you would like to make changes to your choices, you will need to contact Mr Higgon directly.

Towards the end of Year 9 you will be asked to make your final options choices for KS4, based on the courses you have studied during your Transition Year.

The deadline for you to make your choices is Friday 11th March.

Prior to this you will have received a log in and password to the choices website.

Click here to make your choices. (Link will go live after parents evening on Thursday 10th February)

Mr Higgon

Deputy Headteacher, Quality of Education

2022 Year 8 Transitions Booklet.pdf

download the Booklet

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General Information about our subjects

CORE

GCSE English Language


GCSE English Literature


GCSE Mathematics


GCSE Science (Triple, Trilogy and Synergy)


Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education, Citizenship and Careers


Cultural and Global Studies


GCSEs


GCSE Art


GCSE Computer Science


GCSE Design Technology


GCSE French


GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition


GCSE Geography

GCSE History


GCSE Media

GCSE Psychology


Technical Qualifications


Art and Design (Graphics)

BTEC First Award

Child Development

BTEC Tech Award

Dance

BTEC Tech Award

Digital Information Technology

BTEC Tech Award

Drama

RSL

Enterprise and Marketing

Cambridge National

Hair

VTCT

Health and Social Care

BTEC Tech Award

Music

BTEC First Award

Sport

BTEC Tech Award