Curriculum and Course Choice

As pupils progress from S1, through to the Senior Phase in S4/S5/S6, they are expected to make choices around which subjects to study. In S2 pupils can choose which Languages to specialise in, narrowing from three in S1 to two in S2. In S3, pupils choose subjects from each curriculum mode as well as choosing a Wider Achievement subject. Moving into S4, pupils choose four subjects to study along with English, Maths, PE and RMPS. In S5 pupils choose five subjects to study. Pupils should use the links on this pages to access the course choice information and course choice forms that we use to manage this process.


Course Choice for S4 and S5

If you are currently in S4 or S5, you should use the Course Choice Information book for S5/6 along with the list of accompanying videos produced by some departments. Before you make your choices you should consider the information received from the following:

  • 9th February – Senior Phase Information Evening for Parents
  • 10th February – Senior Phase Reports Issued
  • 16th February – S4 Parents’ Evening
  • 2nd March – S5 Parents’ Evening

You will receive a paper copy of the option form on 10th February, along with your reports. Use this to work out your Options, but as in previous years, this does not have to be handed in. Instead, your choices should be entered onto the Google Form, which will be available from 17th February.

Pupils currently in S4 must complete the Google Form by Friday 18th February.

Pupils currently in S5 will NOT be able to complete the Google Form until after the Parents’ Evening on 2nd March and should then complete the form by Friday 4th March.


S3 into S4 Course Choice

If you are currently in S3 you should use the Course Choice Information book, accompanying subject videos, and the Course Choice Form to determine the subjects you will study in S4. In doing this, you should reflect on the information shared at the S3 Parents’ Evening (26th January 2022) and your S3 Reports.

While you will receive a paper copy of the Option Form, this year, you should submit your final choices on the Google Form by Friday 28th January 2022.


S2 into S3 Course Choice

Pupils in S2 are allowed to specialise their curriculum when they move into S3. In S3 everyone studies Mathematics and English, plus six further subjects. As S3 is the final year of the Broad General Education phase of Curriculum for Excellence, the six subjects chosen must be from each of five specific curriculum modes, plus a free choice from any mode.

  • Expressive Arts
  • Sciences
  • Languages
  • Technologies
  • Social Subjects

In addition, pupils also choose ONE Wider Achievement subject. This should be selected from the Wider Achievement form.

Pupils should work out their choices on the Option Form, but final choices should be entered onto the Google Form by Friday 26 November 2021.


S2 Language Choice

Pupils in S1 study three languages, each timetabled for one block per week. In S2, pupils study TWO Languages. Their first choice is timetabled for TWO blocks and their second language is timetabled for ONE block per week.

S1 pupils should complete the Google Form for their S2 Language Choice by Friday 25th February 2022.