S3 Course Choice Handbook

S3 Course Choice Presentation

We recommend that all learners and parents/carers watch this video before you begin the process of considering and discussing your course choices for next year.

S3 Course Choice Presentation


Welcome to the Third Year Information Handbook

Dear S3 Learner

This handbook is for you and your parents.  It includes a range of topics which will help you in some of the important decisions you will require to make for your future in Peebles High School and beyond.

Your handbook is not just about making subject choices but helping you to consider the consequences of whatever decisions you make.  When you have to make decisions, do not just do what you would like to do, but also consider what is likely to have the best or, at least, good consequences for you.

You should set yourself challenging targets in the senior school and can only expect to achieve them by working hard.  You are and will be in competition with many talented learners across Scotland.  We believe that you can be up there with the best of them.

I hope you have a successful year.

Yours sincerely

Campbell Wilson

Support Programme

This handbook is full of information to support you and your child make the best choices and contains:

  • An overview of the curriculum on offer
  • An S3 course choice presentation (this video replaces the normal course choice information evening and is full of essential information)
  • An overview of the support programme
  • A course choice preparation form to support conversation at home (from the pastoral team)
  • The course choice sheet
  • The course choice descriptors
  • The link to enter choices online at home
  • Links to various support websites e.g. PlanIt Plus and My World of Work.

Further support and information:

  • From January Pastoral teachers will be working with their PSE classes on the S3 options process, giving information and advice.
  • If your child is finding it difficult to make their choices they can request an interview with the pastoral team. You will find out more in the presentation mentioned above.
  • The S3 reports will be issued from the 12th January.
  • Young people in S3 will be offered a 1:1 interview via Microsoft Teams with an SDS Careers Adviser.
  • The S3 options completion deadline is the 19th February. Please note that this is online and should be done with parents at home.  The S3 course choice presentation will walk you through the process.
  • It is important that choices are submitted on time as late submission may increase the chance of your reserve choice being used
Using the handbook

The contents have been thought out carefully to support you.
You should refer to the handbook from time to time for advice.
Please consult with your pastoral teacher if you require clarification on any point.

Which courses are for you?

Before selecting a course you must carry out research to ensure that you understand fully what you are going to study, how hard it will be and how you will be assessed.  You also need to know why you are taking the course.  Is it because it is an essential entry requirement for further study or employment, because you enjoy the area of study and/or because you feel you have talents in this field?  It might even be all three!

You will find lots of helpful tools and information to help with subject choices online.  A few recommended and very helpful websites are listed below:




Courses everyone will study (Core)
  • Mathematics N345 – 4 1/2 periods
  • English N345 – 4 1/2 periods
  • Physical Education – 2 periods
  • Religious & Moral Education – 1 period
  • Personal & Social Education – 1 period
Your Choices

You also have the opportunity to choose four additional subjects.

You will be timetabled to 5 periods for each of these.

You need to chose a reserve in case one of your choice is unavailable.

Course Choices Descriptors

Admin & IT N45

Art & Design N345

Biology N45

Borders College (This link takes you to the Schools Academy Site)

Business Management N45

Business & ICT N23

Chemistry N45

Computing Science N45

Design & Manufacture N45

Drama N45

Enterprise and Employability NPA Level 4/5

Fashion & Textile Technology N45

Food Health & Wellbeing & PE N23

French N45

Geography N45

Graphic Communication N45

Health & Food Technology N45

History N45

Hospitality: Practical Cookery N45

Italian N45

Modern Languages N23

Modern Studies N45

Music N45

Philosophy N5

Physical Education N45

Physics N45

Practical Craft Skills and Design & Technology N3

Practical Woodworking N45

Science N34

Science in the Environment N2

Social Subjects N34

Spanish N45

Course Choice Sheet and Link to Online Choice Entry

S3 Course Choice Sheet – Jan 21

Please remember to enter your choices online below.  (You will need your unique log in details – these will be distributed on return to school):


(Please enter your choices above by the 19th February at the latest as a late submission may increase the chance of your reserve being used)


Please take the time to read our recoursing policy below:

RECOURSING POLICY updated 01.06.17

Further information

Further information on curriculum developments and the shape of the new National Qualifications that your child will sit in the Senior Phase can be found on the SQA website.  www.sqa.org.uk

The SCQF is a way of comparing Scottish qualifications to other qualification frameworks. It does this by giving each qualification a level and a number of credit points. See the diagram below:

SCQF Diagram

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