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Which Qualification?: Course Planning for S4

Welcome to the 2017 Edition of 'Which Qualification?' for current S3 pupils going into S4. If you are a current S2 pupil going into S3 then you want 'Which Course?' instead.

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Welcome to the Newbattle High School S4 Handbook. This is an important resource which will help you make informed decisions about your course choices for S4 and beyond. The first three years of secondary school are described as the Broad General Education (BGE), we describe the time pupils spend in school in S4‐6 as the Senior Phase.

Information on course choice and careers is available from a range key people at school (Guidance Teachers, Careers Advisors, Principal Teachers of Curriculum and Class Teachers). Most importantly you should discuss your career ambitions and course choices with parents/carers. Another important part of the process is an honest and realistic discussion with your guidance teacher about your own strengths, interests and ambitions for the future. At this meeting you will finalise your choices. The route you take towards your chosen career through your courses at School, College/University, Apprenticeships or other work based training are described as your Career Pathway.

This handbook gives general information about entry into fourth year and the senior phase. It provides details of the courses on offer at Newbattle High School in S4. It is important to note that these will only run provided that sufficient numbers of pupils choose them.

At Newbattle we want all young people to achieve their full potential. To do this we aim to create an atmosphere of positive achievement which will benefit all learners. We regard pupils in the senior phase as a key group in helping to produce a positive ethos. As an S4 pupil you should strive to be a role model for the rest of the school and you will be expected to demonstrate commitment not only to your school work, but also all other aspects of school life. In the Senior Phase will be given the opportunity to apply for a Prefect position, where you can further contribute to the life of the school.

 

Useful Websites:

Click on the links below for further information on each subject

Subject Choices

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All S4 pupils will study:

Block C

Pupils choose one subject, which they will study for 4 periods a week.

Block D

Pupils choose one subject, which they will study for 4 periods a week.

Block E

Pupils choose one subject, which they will study for 4 periods a week.

Block F

Pupils choose one subject, which they will study for 4 periods a week.

Block G

Pupils choose one subject, which they will do for either 2, 3 or 4 periods per week. Where a subject is listed as being available for 3 or 4 periods per week, then this is because the time includes the time that all S4 pupils have to spend in PE and RME already.