Learner Pathways

Our curriculum provides learning pathways which raise attainment for all our young people. The pathways support young people to build on their prior learning and ensure appropriate progression for all learners

S1 Transition information

Welcome to all our P7 learners and families joining our Barrhead High community. Key information can be accessed via this link Transitions booklet

S2 Pathways Subject Information

Please use the links below to access all the information you need to support your child as they make their S2 options choices. Here you can find a brief overview of all the subjects available to learners moving into S3.

You can also find information about National Qualifications and how they compare to previous forms of assessment.

S2 Pathways Subject Information

S4/5 Pathways Subject Information

Here you can find a brief overview of all the subjects available to learners moving into S5 and S6.

This includes the variety of courses available through East Renfrewshire’s Vocational Programme and Foundation Apprenticeships.

Barrhead HS Courses 2024_25

Further information about Foundation Apprenticeships can be found here:


Important Dates:

For parents and carers:

·         S2/S4 Options Information Evening – Thursday 25th January: 6-7pm

For learners:

·         S4 Pastoral Options Interviews – Tuesday 30th January 24

·         S5 Pastoral Options Interviews – Thursday 29th February 24

·         S2 Pastoral Options Interviews – Thursday 7th  March 24

Careers Advice

At Barrhead High School we are committed to Developing the Young Workforce and we are continuously striving to improve the experience of  our young people. We have redesigned our pastoral and PSHE  curriculum in line with the Career Education Standard to ensure learners are preparing for their future pathways. Learners follow a carefully planned curriculum including lessons on skills for work, work experience, the recruitment process, CV writing, cover letters, informal and formal interview skills and job hunting in the digital world.








Skills Development Scotland (SDS) Careers Advice in Barrhead High School

School Careers Room – Support Room 3 on 1st Floor.

SDS Careers Adviser: Claire Anderson – Days in school – Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

SDS Careers Adviser: Aileen Wilson – Days in school – Monday.

SDS supports pupils to develop their career management skills which will help prepare young people to make confident choices about their future transition from school and beyond.

SDS encourages all pupils to register on www.myworldofwork.co.uk to access a universal all age career information and guidance service.

SDS Advisers will speak to all year groups during the school year.  Further assistance will be provided to targeted senior phase pupils via 1-1 career coaching support and S2 pupils during subject choice time.

Any pupil can request to meet the Careers Adviser at any time during the school year via their Pastoral Care Teacher.  Pupils can also drop in to see the Careers Adviser for any careers related queries during lunchtimes on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Local Skills Development Scotland (SDS) Centre:

Careers support is also available once pupils have left school at the Skills Development Scotland (SDS) Centre in Barrhead Foundry.

1st Floor, Barrhead Foundry, Main Street, Barrhead G78 1SW

Tel: 0141 577 8547

Opening hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9am -12.30pm and 1.30pm – 5pm. Wednesday 12.30pm – 5pm.









www.myworldofwork.co.uk provides a unique mix of tools, features and up to date job information to help you find out more about yourself and the current and future job market throughout Scotland.  It will help you to explore your options and make the best decisions about your future.

My world of work offers careers information to pupils and parents/carers when it’s needed most and especially at critical times of the school year such as when making subject choices, during exam results time or when applying to jobs, apprenticeships, university or college.

The website is packed with practical advice and support for managing your career and getting a job. The online toolkits help every step of the way from career research to CV building:

  • Use your skills and strengths – use the ‘About Me’ and ‘My Strengths’ tool to learn what your skills and strengths are and how to make the most of them. If you understand what you’re good at, making the right choices is easier
  • Explore your options –find out all you need to know about the hundreds of different jobs out there. Have a look at ‘Careers A-Z’ to see where different learning, training or volunteering options could take you
  • Create a great CV – The ‘CV Builder’ gives you step by step help and templates to write and save up to five great CVs
  • Network – learn about using your connections and contacts, exploring the hidden jobs market and read tips on job hunting via social media
  • Perfect your interview skills – use the ‘Interview Tool’ to help you prepare and understand what to expect when you go for an interview. There’s also advice on handling interview nerves and how to research an employer before the big day.

My World of Work is a service provided by Skills Development Scotland. Learners can also speak to our S2 World of Work Ambassadors who can support with the resources.

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