S4 and S5 Course Choice Handbook

Welcome to the Fourth and Fifth Year Information Handbook

Dear Student

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 students 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



What is the most important factor which will determine if you will have a successful year at school?  I hope you have come up with the correct answer; the most important factor is you!

Being intelligent is only a small part of being successful.  Have you got a good “graft factor”?  How high is your self-esteem?  Are you motivated?  Are you willing to work with others?

Often someone who does not do well at school will nonetheless have success later in life.  Even so, in almost all cases, they wish they had worked harder at school. If you do not keep up or are too easy on yourself, others will move ahead of you.

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 Guidance teacher if you require clarification on any point.

Courses offered in S5/6 are dependent upon financial decisions of SBC and pupil uptake.

Some students have helped with the contents.  Now it is over to you; use it, but don’t lose it!!

Pearls of wisdom

What we think of ourselves and what others think of us are not always the same.  To know yourself well is a lot harder than you may think.

Your parents, Guidance staff and your subject teachers can help give you a fair picture of yourself, even if their picture is not always the one you have of yourself.

The rest of this material is contained in the download directly below this. We hope you will find it useful.

Course outlines

For each National Qualifications course available in school, your teachers have produced a course outline which contains information on the following:

What you need to do it.
What you will learn.
What you will do.
How you will be assessed.
How much homework you will get.
What advanced courses the subject leads to.
Costs involved in the course

Support Programme
  • 12th February S45 Options and Choices Evening (6.00-6.45 pm). This evening will give you an overview of the curriculum on offer.
  • 12th February Option choice booklet available on this website and options sheet issued.
  • 17th February S45 pastoral interviews begin.
  • 25th February S45 reports.
  • 3rd and 9th March S45 parents’ evening.
  • 13th March final day of pastoral interviews and options completion deadline.  Please remember to submit your choice sheet to your pastoral teacher and enter your choices online.

Please take the time to read our recoursing policy below:

RECOURSING POLICY updated 01.06.17


Course Choice Sheet and Link to Online Choice Entry

S4-5 Course Choice Sheet – Jan 20

Please remember to enter your choices online below.  (You will need your unique log in details that your pastoral teacher provided you with):


Important Course Information:

Admin & IT N45

Admin & IT Higher

Art and Design N345

Art & Design Higher

Art & Design Advanced Higher / Art & Design S6 Folio

Biology N45

Biology Higher

Biology Advanced Higher

Borders College

Business Management N45

Business Management Higher

Business & ICT N23

Chemistry N45

Chemistry Higher

Chemistry Advanced Higher

Construction Crafts N4

Computing Science N45

Computing Science Higher

Creative Arts N2

Design & Manufacture N45

Design & Manufacture Higher

Drama N45

Drama Higher/AH

Enterprise and Employability N345

English N45

English Higher

English Advanced Higher

Fashion & Textiles N45/H

Food Health & Wellbeing & PE N23

French N45

French Higher/AH

Geography N45

Geography Higher

Geography Advanced Higher

Graphic Communication N45

Graphic Communication Higher

Graphic Communication Advanced Higher

Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy (Borders College)

History N45

History Higher

History Advanced Higher

Hospitality N45

Human Biology Higher

Italian N45

Italian Higher

Mathematics N34

Mathematics N5

Mathematics Higher

Mathematics Advanced Higher

Mathematics of Mechanics Advanced Higher

Modern Languages N23

Modern Studies N45

Modern Studies Higher

Modern Studies Advanced Higher

Music N45

Music Higher

Music Advanced Higher

Philosophy N5

Philosophy Higher

Photography Higher

Physical Education N45

Physical Education Higher

Physics N45

Physics Higher

Physics Advanced Higher

Practical Craft Skills National 3

Practical Metalworking N45

Practical Woodworking N45

Psychology Higher S6 Only (PHS Campus)

Science N34

Science in the Environment N2

Social Subjects N34

Sociology Higher

Spanish N45

Spanish Higher/AH





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