Updated: Wednesday 16th January, 2019. 5pm.
TOOLS ONLINE COURSE CHOICE IS NOW OPEN FOR ‘MOCKS’
Stage 1: Deciding on your options
Course choice information for pupils moving from S4 into S5 is now available below:
Faculties will be providing further information to pupils directly in class throughout the course choice window and pupils should speak to their teachers about the options available to them in S5.
In an increasingly competitive world beyond school pupils should seek to maximise their potential success in the senior phase of S5-S6 by choosing courses they are committed to, enjoy and are currently performing best in.
Every pupil will be expected to achieve a full course award in each of the choices they make and pupils returning to school can expect an increased expectation from the school community that they will sustain motivation and a positive attitude to their studies throughout the session.
When making choices pupils should pay particular attention to the recommended levels in their S4 parental report, their estimated levels of achievement this session and think about their intended future pathway and career aspirations.
Pupils should talk to their Guidance Teacher, teachers and Skills Development Scotland partners in the school should they need additional advice about potential pathways and future careers.
There will be an additional opportunity for parents to find out about the options available for young people moving into S5 at an information evening on Tuesday 15th January, 2019. Details will be published on the school website and distributed through Groupcall.
Thinking of leaving school?
All pupils including those who are considering leaving school should complete the course choice process however any pupil likely to leave school at the end of S4 must indicate this in the online course choice system when asked.
Stage 2. Making course choices online
In the first week in January all pupils in S4 in session 2018-2019 will be issued with a personal login and pin number to access the Online course choice website.
The Course Choice website specifically for pupils moving into S5 & S6 in session 2019-2020 can be found by clicking on the link below.
- S5 & S6 Tools Website Instructions for Mocks 2019
- List of course offer for Tools 2018 – S5/S6
Please note that ‘mock’ Option Choices for S4 pupils entering S5 in session 2019-2020 will initially be made between Wednesday 16th January, 2019 and 9am on Monday 21st January, 2019.
Following discussion with parents all learners will make five course choices from the available options, including a reserve.
Following the completion of this ‘mock’ choice exercise the courses available for session 2019-2020 will be confirmed.
A ‘Final’ Option Choice window using pre-assigned timetable columns based on the results of the ‘mock’ choices will open on Monday 28th January, 2019 and close at 5pm on Friday 1st February, 2019.
All learners will make five course choices from the available options.
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.
Stage 3. Course counselling
Individual pupil interviews will take place on Monday 4th February and Wednesday 6th February 2019 and any necessary changes to online course choices will be made by the Guidance Team at this time. Any changes will be confirmed to parents by email.
Stage 4. Timetabling & confirmation
The school timetabling team will be working over the coming months to complete the whole school timetable for session 2019-2020.
If any changes need to be made to 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 S5 year in June 2019.
If you have any further queries about Course Choice please contact the school on the dedicated email address below.