S2 to S3 Course Choice 2019-2020

Updated: Monday 11th February, 2019.

Course Choice Descriptors and Guidance on completing online course choice has been published below.

Increased specialisation in S3

Stage 1: Deciding on your options

The Junior Phase of the curriculum covers the first three years of secondary education.  In the first two years at Bell Baxter High School all pupils have been following a core curriculum across 8 learning areas.  In S2 an opportunity was provided for learners to personalise their curriculum through an enrichment programme, tailored to each individual pupil’s interests.

In Third Year, learners have the opportunity for increased specialisation in preparation for beginning the Senior Phase in S4. Learners are asked to select subjects that they wish to continue to study in greater depth whilst continuing to develop knowledge, skills and attributes which equip them for learning, life and work.  This degree of personalisation and choice is structured within the CfE curricular areas to maintain the principles of the Broad General Education but also improves progression into seven National Qualification courses in S4.

Learners will continue to study English, Maths and a Modern Language (French, German or Spanish).  They will also choose one subject from each of four other curricular areas: Expressive Arts, Science, Social Studies and Technologies.  There are a further two choices to be made from a range of learning areas.  All learners will also follow a “Core” curriculum consisting of: Physical Education, R.M.P.S. and Social Education.

Learners will continue to develop their skills in literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing in all curriculum areas.

Click below for updated S3 Course Descriptors 


Progression – Moving onto the Senior Phase

When learners move into S4 they will make further choices.  These choices will lead to the subjects, qualifications and wider achievements that learners will work towards in S4 and beyond. Pupils at Bell Baxter High School must study their recommended English and Mathematics courses in S4 but they may choose any five of the other seven subject areas that they have been studying in S3.

Our S4-S6 Senior Phase Pathway Course information is available on the school website.  This outlines the National Qualification learners can access in the Senior Phase.

Stage 2. Making course choices online

In the first week in February all pupils in S2 in session 2018-2019 will  be issued with a personal login and pin number to access the Online course choice website.  Following discussion with parents all learners will make then make their course choices.

The Course Choice website specifically for pupils moving into S3 in session 2019-2020 can be found by clicking on the link below.


The parent guide on how to complete course choice online is available here: 

S2 to S3 Course Choice Guidance 2019

Please note that Option Choices for S2 pupils entering S3 in session 2019-2020 will initially be made  between Wednesday 14th February, 2019 and 5pm on Tuesday 19th February, 2019.

Course counselling for S2 pupils moving into S3 in session 2019-2020 will take place on Wednesday 20th February, 2019.

Individual appointments are being scheduled for each pupil with a member of the Guidance team and appointment times are displayed in the Dining Hall, Assembly Hall and outside the Guidance office.


Stage 3. Timetabling & confirmation

The school timetabling team will be working over the coming months to complete the whole school timetable for session 2019-2020.  It is important to note that whilst the school hopes to provide each pupil with their preferred course choice options we reserve the right to make changes to or withdraw courses if the number opting is too small, or if the necessary resources including staff and/or accommodation is unavailable.

If any changes need to be made to your course choices during the timetabling period these will be communicated directly home from the school timetabling team.

Your individual school timetable will be distributed shortly before you begin your S3 year in June 2019

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