In S3/4, pupils study two-year courses which lead to presentation for National Qualifications offered by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). The structure provides a broad based curriculum with most subjects taken at Standard Grade level, or Intermediate 1 or 2.
Pupils entering S3 normally choose eight subjects. All pupils study English, Maths, Modern Language (French and/or Spanish), a Science subject (Biology, Chemistry or Physics), and a Social Subject (Geography, History or Modern Studies). The remaining three subjects are chosen following the discussions which take place at the end of S2.
As part of the core curriculum in S3/4, all pupils study Religious and Moral Education, Personal and Social Education and PE which are non-examinable. In S4, all pupils complete a Work Experience Programme and take part in a week long work experience placement.
In some cases it is more appropriate for pupils to study fewer than eight subjects and we are developing programmes of study for these pupils to ease the transition from school to work. This involves working with partners, such as colleges and employers.