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Which Course?: Course Planning for S3

Welcome to the 2017 Edition of ' Which Course?' for current S2 pupils going into S3. If you are going into S4 then you want 'Which Qualification?' or if you are going into S5 or S6 then you want 'What Next?' instead.

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

Download the Course Choice Sheet 2017

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 two subjects to take further in each of Social Studies, Sciences, Expressive Arts 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 23rd February there will be a Careers event for parents and pupils from S2 to S5. 

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: (Social Studies)

Pupils choose two out of three subjects, which they will study for 2 periods a week each.

Choice 2 (Sciences):

Pupils choose two out of three subjects, which they will study for 2 periods a week each.

Choice 3 (Expressive Arts):

Pupils choose two out of six subjects, which they will study for 2 periods a week each.

Pupils choose either Music Performance or Music Technology. They cannot normally choose both.

Choice 4 (Technologies):

Pupils choose two out of four subjects, which they will study for 2 periods a week each.

Pupils choose either Graphics, Design & Manufacture or Practical Craft Skills. They cannot normally choose both.

Pupils choose either Business and IT for Choice 4 or Business Enterprise for Choice 1. They cannot normally choose both.