Senior Options Information

Introduction for Pupils

You are now at the stage where you need to consider which subjects you wish to study in S5 or S6 next session.

If you are a S4 pupil you will choose five subjects to study in S5 and for most this will involve Higher and National 4 or 5 qualifications. If you are a S5 pupil you will choose at least four subjects to study in S6. Most pupils will choose from a mix of Advanced Higher, Higher and National 4 and 5 qualifications.

Additional opportunities are also available to you in the form of Skills for Work (SFA) courses, National Progression Awards (NPA), college courses, Foundation Apprenticeships (FA) and YASS modules (for S6).

You can see exactly which subjects are on offer to you by looking at the Senior Option Form which was issued along with your report. It is most important that you pay close attention to the instructions given on the front cover of the Option Form.  Read carefully what is written about how you indicate your subject choices.

You must also ensure that you choose subject areas and levels that you can be successful in. Staff will make recommendations about the levels and courses which you should aspire to and this advice needs to be considered carefully when you are choosing subjects.

You will find lots of advice on the subjects and courses available to you on the school website – click on the relevant link below to access the senior option form for your year group and links to the information on each course. Read the information carefully and should you need any further clarification don’t hesitate to ask a member of staff from the relevant department.  Alternatively, if you are in doubt concerning any particular subject choice you can discuss this with your Principal Teacher of Pupil Support. The options process is an important aspect of the journey of each pupil in the school and staff are committed to it being a positive experience.

Your intended career may help determine the subjects you will choose for study in fifth year and beyond, and should you wish you are able to seek advice from our Careers Advisor Zoe Winpenny who visits the school on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday of each week.

Please ensure that you take the options process seriously and think carefully about the courses you choose to follow next session. The choices that you make now will prove important in ensuring that you move into a positive destination when the time comes for you to leave school and enter further and higher education or ultimately, the world of work.

Once the form is open you will be able to click on the relevant links to access the information on each course.