The S3/S4 curriculum within the College is designed to provide all pupils with experience of certain core subjects and areas, while also permitting individual preferences to be satisfied as far as possible.
English and Mathematics are both compulsory and to ensure that each pupil gains experience of certain key elements of the curriculum, his or her choice must include a language other than English, a Science and a Social/Environmental subject.
Beyond these stipulations, our subject selection arrangements allow significant flexibility so that, as far as is feasible, personal choices can be accommodated. A full list of the academic subjects available for study is as follows, and will usually total six subjects chosen in addition to English and Mathematics.
- Art and Design
- Business Management
- Classical Greek
- Computing Studies
- Engineering Science
- Graphic Communication
- Modern Studies
- RMPS (Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies)
In addition, all pupils will take PE, PSE and core RMPS. They will also participate in a Games afternoon.
On the whole, pupils in S3 are taught in sets organised by departments according to ability in a subject. This enables a boy or girl to be in a higher set for those subjects where he or she is doing well and in a lower set in subjects with which he or she requires more support. The courses embarked upon in S3 cover a two year period; in May of S4, all pupils will be presented for the appropriate SQA examination, usually National 5.
In S3, as in previous years, formative assessment takes place quite naturally throughout the year. However, internal summative assessments are sat in the summer term of S3 to allow pupils to experience a formal examination diet. One school report is issued in June; S3 Parents’ Evening currently takes place in April.
All students in S4 take a core period of ICT (Information and Communication Studies).