In S6, in addition to those outlined for S5, we offer courses leading to Advanced Higher in a wide range of subjects. These courses, encouraging specialised and individual study, vary from year to year and are provided mainly in response to demand. To study at Advanced Higher Level a pass must be obtained in S5 in the relevant Higher Grade. It should be realised that the same range of courses may not always be available. In the same way, classes may not run in a particular subject.
Entry into S6
For those pupils who intend to return to S6 a process in some ways similar to the process
for entry into the middle school is carried out. Around March/April pupils are asked to indicate
the subjects they wish to study in greater depth. Choice will depend on the suitability of those
subjects, in terms of necessary entry qualifications, etc. for intended career and/or entry to
University or College.
Parents are invited to make an appointment to meet senior staff to discuss problems.
In an effort to ensure that the correct decisions are taken with regard to course choice,
Guidance Teachers begin a programme of Social Education beginning in S3, which involves
significant contributions in curricular and vocational guidance by themselves, as well as regular
contributions by the Careers Officer and visiting speakers.
Stage 1 December/January
Information is given to parents and young people by
means of a comprehensive course choice booklet
which gives details of courses, careers, contacts and
finance relevant to young people who are aged 16
and over. This information is added to by parents’
meetings and pupil/staff interviews.
Stage 2 February/March
A Course Planner is issued to each young person and
after consultation with all those involved, (young
people, staff, parents etc.) a preliminary choice is
Stage 3 May/June
The SQA Examinations are held and once the young
people return to school in June, they immediately
begin their entry into S6.
Stage 4 August
Results of external examinations are published
in early August.