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Which Course?: Course Planning for S3

Welcome to the 2018 Edition of ' Which Course?' for current S2 pupils going into S3. If you are going into S4, S5 or S6 then you want 'Which Qualification?' instead.

Click here to view the course planning guide (PDF format)

Download the Course Choice Sheet 2018 (including the list for S2/S3 electives)

Pupils in S2 have some very important decisions to make this term. Assisted by their parents/carers and teachers, they will have to choose the courses that they will take in S3.

In S1 and S2 they have been learning in the full range of subjects across all the eight curriculum areas: Languages, Mathematics, Health and Well Being, Social Studies, Sciences, Expressive Arts, Technologies, and Religious and Moral Education. 

In S3 they will still be learning in all eight Curriculum Areas but will be able to choose between subjects to take further in each of Social Studies, Sciences, Expressive Arts, Health & Wellbeing and Technologies.

The courses which pupils choose will form the framework for the rest of their time in High School.  There will be the opportunity in a year’s time to choose qualifications courses for S4.  Success in those courses will depend on the foundations which are laid in S3.

This booklet contains information that will help pupils and parents to make informed decisions. Guidance staff will also be supporting pupils through this process in school.

On the evening of Thursday 22nd February 2018 starting at 6pm there will be a Careers event for all pupils from S2 to S5 and their parents/carers.

Useful Websites:

Click on the links below for further information on each subject

Subject Choices

Click here to view the webpage for departments

All S3 pupils will study:

Choice 1 (Sciences):

Pupils choose two out of three subjects, which they will study for 4 periods a week.

Choice 2: (Social Studies)

Pupils choose one out of three subjects, which they will study for 3 periods a week.

Choice 3 (Expressive Arts):

Pupils choose one out of five subjects, which they will study for 3 periods a week.

Choice 4 (Technologies):

Pupils choose one out of four subjects, which they will study for 3 periods a week .

Choice 5 (Health and Wellbeing):

Pupils choose one out of two subjects, which they will study for 3 periods a week each.

Choice 6 (Electives/Masterclass):

In addition pupils will choose one option from the lectives/Masterclass column. This allows pupils to choose an Employability Elective or to choose a further subject from one of the Curriculum Areas which they may wish to take on to a National Qualification in the Senior Phase.

  • Caring for Horses
  • Football Academy
  • Share the Money - financial markets
  • Rugby Academy
  • Personal Finance
  • Basketball Academy
  • Coding and Cars
  • Dance Academy
  • Media
  • Splash Academy - swimming
  • Enterprising Events
  • Hospitality
  • Childcare
  • Newbattle Bake-Off
  • Creative Industries - events
  • Sound Production
  • Gardening
  • John Muir Award
  • Creative Arts - drama
  • Language ambassadors
  • Creative Arts - art and design
  • Science Academy
  • Creative Technologies
  • Construction Academy
  • STEM