S4-S6 The Senior Phase

In S4 – S6, the Senior Phase provides opportunities for pupils to obtain qualifications and further develop both skills and the 4 capacities.  All S4 pupils will study English and Maths as part of a 6 option structure.  It is expected that the vast majority of pupils will carry forward 6 of those subjects, including English and Mathematics, that they have studied in S3 for certification.  Up to 6 options will also be possible in S5 and S6.  Flexibility is possible here especially if supported study is used as part of a blended learning approach.  Thus students in S5 could study 5 courses and undertake supported self study in the time allocated to their 6th option.


The National Parent Forum of Scotland (NPFS) has been developing resources to help parents understand what  Curriculum for Excellence means for their child.  We have been working with Scottish Government, SQA and Education Scotland to ensure that parents get the information they need and want, at the right time.

We have created additional resources for the new Higher qualifications as part of our popular Nutshell series.  The resources provide a summary of the qualifications, with the aim of helping parents and pupils understand more about what is involved.  Highers in a Nutshell are clear, concise guides which summaries each subject, outlining the key skills learners can expect to gain and providing links to further information.  to access the Highers in a Nutshell resources, please visit our website: http//www.npfs.org.uk/highers-in-a-nutshell/

Our free annual conference for parents is taking place on 4th October in Bishopbriggs, and we are also co-hosting the Parents connect zone at the Scottish Learning Festival on 24th-25th September in partnership with the SPTC.  More information can be found online:

http://wwwnpfs.org.uk/2014/08/29/annual-conference-2014 and http:/www.educationascotland.gov.uk/slf/slf2014/


The National Parent Forum of Scotland has recently published a useful resource called “Nationals in a Nutshell. It comprises subject-based summaries of all the new qualifications for parents and carers. The first batch is available by clicking the link below.
The resource will be added to over the coming weeks.


Aberdeenshire Publishes Additional Guidelines for Curriculum for Excellence:
Recent advice from Aberdeenshire’s E, L & L Service on implementation of CfE in its secondary schools has been published. It is accessible by clicking the links below or in the curriculum section of this website.


Senior Phase Expectations

Senior Phase Timeline


Course choice information booklets and Subject Choice Sheets for S5 and S6 in session 2016-17.  You can access these by clicking on the links below.


Course booklet A H 2016-17


Click on the link below to view the presentation on the Information Evening for parents of S3 pupils moving up to S4  and S4/5 moving into S5/6 and how to make the right choice of subjects:

Senior Phase Parents Info Evening Feb 2016

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