S4-S6 The Senior Phase


The Senior Phase is where pupils select and study National Qualifications at an appropriate level.  From S4 to S6, pupils are able to build a portfolio of qualifications at different levels, relevant to individual needs.

During the Senior Phase, your child will continue their ‘learning journey’ through a range of personalised curricular pathways.  Young people will experience a greater depth of learning as well as attain formal recognition of achievements.

The combining of curriculum structures across S4-6 in the Senior Phase has created a better opportunity for pupils to study courses at a level that is most appropriate for them.  The combined structure allows the school to offer a wider range of courses and qualifications to ensure that we are able to recognise and accredit pupil achievements.

At S4 pupils will typically study 6/7 subjects including English and Maths.  As they move into S5 and 6 they will specialise further and study up to 5 subjects.


Click on the below links to access further detail on pupil progression through the Senior Phase.

Progression in the Senior Phase

Learner Pathways through the Senior Phase

Course choice parental letters, information booklets & information evening presentations for S4, S5 and S6.  You can access these by clicking on the links below.

S3 into S4 Subject Choice – Parental Letter 24/1/20

S3 into S4 Course Choice Booklet 2020-21

S3 into S4 Information Evening – Thursday 23 January 2020



S4 into S5 Subject Choice Parental Letter – 27/2/2020

S5 into S6 Subject Choice Parental Letter – 27/2/2020

S4/5 into S5/6 Course Choice Booklet 2020-21

Wider Achievement Offers

Foundation Apprenticeships Offers 

S4/S5 into S5/S6 Information Evening – Thursday 20 February 2020 Slides, WA Slides & FA Slides



The National Parent Forum of Scotland (NPFS) has been developing resources to help parents understand what  Curriculum for Excellence means for their child.   They 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.

They have created additional resources for the national qualifications.  The resources provide a summary of the qualifications, with the aim of helping parents and pupils understand more about what is involved.  The Nationals/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 these  resources, please visit their websitehttps://www.npfs.org.uk/downloads/


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