Options for subject choices

S3 Curriculum Options

As pupils progress from S1 to S3 they follow a Broad General Education that gives them a wide variety of learning experiences.  As they move from S2 into S3 pupils they then start to get an opportunity to personalise part of their curriculum and make 3 choices of what they would like to study.  The main emphasis of the S3 curriculum is still on a broad range of learning experiences and pupils will continue to be taught:

  • Language: English and Literacy
  • Mathematics and Numeracy
  • Sciences
  • Social Studies
  • Physical Education
  • Religious, Moral and Philosophical Education
  • Personal and Social Education
  • Additional Learning Support tutorial time may be possible.  This will be considered on an individual basis according to their need.

To allow them to start to personalise their curriculum they will get to choose from:

  • French (Languages) – Note: The continued study of a foreign language is strongly encouraged.
  • Mandarin (Languages)
  • Practical Craft (Technologies)
  • Computer Games Design (Technologies)
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) (Technologies)
  • Music (Expressive Arts)
  • Physical Education (some aspects of Expressive Arts)
  • Art & Design (Expressive Arts)

S2 pupils are taken through this process and have access to the information book and options form below. Please feel free to discuss this with your child, as they have been asked to speak to parents and agree the choices that they are going to make.

If you have any questions about the process or the options available please contact your Guidance teacher. 

S2-3 Information Booklet 

S2-3 Options Form 21

S4, 5 & 6 Curriculum Options

The Senior Phase of Curriculum for Excellence encompasses S4 through to S6. The S1-S3 curriculum provides students with a Broad General Education (BGE), which prepares them for entry into National Qualification courses, which start in the Senior Phase.

Progress through the BGE determines the starting level in National Qualification courses.

Information booklets are issued to pupils and parents in S3 and this year’s information is shown below.  Any columns shown are subject to change based upon pupils’ initial choices of subjects for S3 and senior phase.

Options Information Booklet – 2020/21

Scottish Candidate Qualification Framework

List of possible subjects 2020/21

Option Form 2020/21

Options Presentation information evening

Pupil Learning Agreement

Links to useful websites with further options information:

My world of work


Open University Modules

Inverness College UHI

UHI Applications – website-guidance

EMA allowance