The Senior Phase (S4)

S4 remains the first stage where pupils will sit key SQA examinations and attempt to achieve core qualifications. Pupils will have the opportunity to gain certification in up to 7 Nationals (largely from levels 3-5), with all qualifications up to National 4 internally assessed and all qualifications at National 5 including a final examination. In S4, pupils choose the courses they wish to study for qualifications, with English and Mathematics being compulsory, plus five additional subjects. This allows for continued breadth or real focus (for example, on Numeracy, Science and Technology subjects).

In making course choices, pupils are encouraged to check carefully the entry requirements of any career they may be interested in. It is wise to check the entry requirements at this stage as it can be hard to fix this in S5/S6.

The subjects on offer during fourth year are:

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Administration & IT

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Design & Manufacture

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Art & Design

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English

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Biology

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French

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Business Management

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Geography

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Chemistry

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Graphic Communication

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Computing Science

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History

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Hospitality

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Physics

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Modern Studies

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RME

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Music

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Rural Skills

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PE

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Spanish

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Physical Education (Aesthetics)

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Physical Education (Games)

Pupil subject choices along with their involvement in the wider life of the school and their own community should provide a wide range of experiences.  This breadth of choice is important in helping pupils to have an understanding of the world around them and also in letting them fully enjoy life.