Curriculum Policy

At Robert Gordon’s College, we strive to prepare our pupils for life in a rapidly changing, technologically advanced, society.  We support our pupils to achieve academic success and to develop the skills they need to ‘be all they can be’.

We believe that this is well catered for in our ambitious and balanced Scottish curriculum where we offer a wide range of courses which help to develop the four capacities in our pupils so that they can become:

  • successful learners

  • effective contributors

  • confident individuals

  • responsible citizens

The above capacities are nurtured and encouraged in a positive partnership between home and school where our pupils are given the opportunity to grow and develop in a stimulating and challenging environment.

Our curriculum includes the core skills of Numeracy, Literacy and Health and Well-being. As a school, we also encourage interdisciplinary learning across, and between, departments and there is a clear focus on the importance of extra-curricular activities as an essential part of our pupils’ development.

The following principles for curriculum design are followed: challenge and enjoyment, breadth, progression, depth, personalisation and choice, coherence and relevance. These principles are adhered to within the curriculum structure in the Senior School:

  • S1-S2 Curriculum provides a foundation for the S3-S4 curriculum based on Curriculum for Excellence principles.  We aim to introduce pupils to a wide range of subjects in these first two years including all three sciences studied separately and an introduction to four different languages.

  • S3-S4 - Pupils sit eight National 5 subjects with Maths, English, at least one science subject and a language as a core, plus a free choice of four additional subjects.

  • S5-S6 Higher Grade and Advanced Higher. The great majority of our S5 pupils study five subjects for Higher with 24 different courses to choose from.  Our S6 pupils select from a very wide range of 32 Higher courses and 24 Advanced Higher courses, alongside specifically designed enhancement courses, such as Principles of Law, Cookery and Leadership.

In each year, pupils also study core subjects such as: Personal and Social Education; Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies; Physical Education and Games; and Information and Communication Technology.

All courses are delivered by means of a 40 period x 40 minute week, mostly in double periods of 80 minutes where the purpose of the timetable is to maximise pupils’ choice and learning experiences.