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St Margaret’s Academy

Progression Pathways for students in S4 and S5 Session 2013-2014


West Lothian Council


Contents Welcome Our Curriculum Your Future National Qualifications Entry levels Some Questions and Answers 16 years after September 30th Parent/School Partnership The e Campus Playing our Part

Course Descriptions Expressive Arts Art & Design Drama Music Health & Wellbeing Health & Food Technology Physical Activity & sport Languages English Modern Languages Mathematics Sciences Biology Chemistry Physics Social Studies Business Geography History Modern Studies Technologies – Computing Science Craft Design Engineering & Graphics Religious Education RMPS Retailing

WELCOME On behalf of the Senior School Pupil Support Team, welcome to your Pathways Booklet for 2013-2014. The information in this booklet is a starting point for choosing the direction you will take over the next year and your future pathway in to a positive destination on leaving school. Your choices require careful and mature thought, reflection, and discussion with parents, carers and teachers. Make full use of the support available at home and in school to ensure you make the choice that is right for you and your ambitions.


An S4 Curriculum Evening will take place on the 7th February followed by a Parents’ Consultation Evening on the 14th February. There will also be Assembly presentations and discussion during PSE classes about the Pathways Programme. Pupils should discuss possible choices with individual subject teachers as well as receiving tailored advice from Pupil Support staff (Mrs Laing and Mrs Boyd).

Mrs S McGarty Depute Head Teacher

Our Curriculum At St. Margaret’s Academy, the purpose of our curriculum is explained through our Mission Statement: To maintain a high standard of teaching and promote effective learning, enabling young people to enjoy their education and to develop positive attitudes towards learning, in accordance with the purposes of Curriculum for Excellence. The faith mission of the Catholic school is the development of the whole person.


Our curriculum is dynamic, values based and integrated in learning and faith.


YOUR FUTURE Before you make your choices, you must seek advice from: 1 2 3 4 5

Your parents Your Head of House Individual departments The Careers Adviser The Senior Leadership Team

Apart from this you can access the Skills Development Website and other IT Services which give a clear and precise picture of how to progress from school to Higher and Further Education. You are also advised to take advantage of our own Careers Evening in St. Margaret’s. All of this, if properly used, should ensure that you make the wisest possible choice at this point. If you are entering S5, you will receive an Individualised Pathways Sheet outlining your academic strengths and positive ways forward. Students considering S6 entry will have their own Pathways sheet focusing on planning for next year and beyond. This booklet is designed to let you see all the courses which are available to you in St Margaret’s. Each department is represented and a summary of courses offered is provided but first, a word about National Courses.


National Courses These courses are all planned to allow students to progress to the next level. They also link with Standard Grade. Intermediate 1 is equivalent to General: Intermediate 2 to Credit. That means that if you have passed Standard Grade at Credit (Grades 1 or 2) you could go on to Higher in S5, and if you achieved General (Grade 3 or 4) you would be advised to take Intermediate 2. You can then go on to take Higher in S6. Intermediate courses are usually the most appropriate if you have not done the subject at all at Standard Grade but in some subjects you may still be able to take the Higher. Departments will advise as to what is best for you. S4 Standard Grades Credit pass Intermediate 2

S5 Next step

S6

Post School

Next step

1–2

⇒ Higher ⇒Higher

Advanced Higher

General pass Intermediate 1

3–4

⇒ Int 2 ⇒

Higher

Foundation pass

5-6

⇒ Int 1 ⇒

Intermediate 2

Higher Education Further Education Career Higher Education Further Education Career Further Education Career

Most courses lead to awards from the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)


National Units The courses consist of National Units, most 40 hours long. Each unit contains three or four ‘outcomes’ describing what a candidate needs to know or to be able to do to pass the unit. Each unit is assessed on a pass or fail basis with a test from the SQA’s National Assessment Bank, which helps to maintain standards across Scotland. Some candidates will be able to achieve units without completing the full course.

National Courses National courses are made up of National Units, plus an external assessment - the end of year exam. National Courses are available at five levels. ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

Access 3 Intermediate 1 Intermediate 2 Higher Advanced Higher

Entry Levels Courses are offered at different levels to S5 and S6 students, it is essential that students enter the course at the correct level in the Choice form. At each stage of progression within a subject, the department concerned will advise students which level is most appropriate for them; e.g. if you want to take Higher Mathematics in S5, the department will advise that you require a minimum of a Credit pass at Standard Grade, i.e. either a 1 or 2. Departments offer this kind of advice based on their own experience of students and their abilities. It is extremely important that students recognise departmental advice on this matter. To make this easier, preferred entry levels are detailed in each department’s submission.


Some questions and answers What age must I be before I leave school? You can leave school on 31st May, 2013 if you are 16 before 1st October 2013. If you are not 16 until after 30th September 2013 you must stay on until December 2013. If I decide to leave school what are my options?  You can go on to Further Education College, For example: West Lothian College, Oatridge Agricultural College or Stevenson College in Edinburgh.  You can find a job  You can find a place on a skill seekers programme, to prepare you for work Where can I get advice on possible career choices? If you have any questions your first contact should be your Year Head. The Careers Service visits the school for individual interviews on a weekly basis. Appointment forms are available in the Senior School Base. You can also visit Skills Development Scotland (Careers) on Almondvale Boulevard without an appointment. What happens if my Standard Grades or Higher Grades are not as expected? The new timetable will start in June and you will start on your chosen course. If your grades are not as expected you will have the opportunity to change course in August. How do I make my choice? You will receive a Pathways Choice form with this booklet and also have an interview with Senior Staff to help you choose the best way forward. Why am I returning to school? All pupils are expected to have answers to this question – these answers provide the basis for motivation and target setting in their senior years for example, ‘I want to go to University to study Politics’ very easily translates to ‘therefore I have to plan my senior years in St. Margaret’s to make sure that I have the necessary Highers to realise this ambition.’ – This example works for any course – College or University or Career.


Sixteenth Birthday after September 30th ‌ What are my choices? 1.

You can return to school for a full 5th Year and choose the subjects that will improve your qualifications. Nearly all students choose this option.

2.

You can opt to go to College on a full time course. Look carefully at the college folder and read each outline carefully so that you choose the best course. Think about all of these choices carefully so that the one you choose is the best for you ‌


PARENTAL AND SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP Clearly the best way to success is through a partnership between pupil, school and home. In Senior School, we work hard at supporting this process, and try to keep parents informed of pupils’ progress. We also offer focused support for pupils in the crucial areas of exam preparation, organisation and self assessment. How will the school keep parents informed of students’ progress Interim reports: December & January

This will give you an overall picture of how your child is performing in ALL of his / her subjects. The interim report currently addresses: Progress, Homework and Effort.

Full report: February

Comprehensive analysis of students’ performance and progress.

S5 / S6 Prelims: February

A major feature in the preparation for National Examinations.

Parents’ Evening: March

To discuss progress


West Lothian Campus The West Lothian campus e-prospectus can be used to assist S5 and S6 students for whom the appropriate progression pathway in a subject is not available at their base school. The e prospectus can be found on Glow and within this there is a range of options to access. All S4 and S5 students have access to: Learning @ school Learning @ college Learning @ work Learning thru volunteering Campus Glow groups 16+ Learning Choices info All courses shown in the ‘Learning @ School’ area are travel column courses ie. Two periods are timetabled on a Tuesday afternoon and two on a Thursday afternoon. A second travel column will be introduced in Session 2013-2014 where two periods will be timetabled on Monday and Wednesday afternoons. Spaces in classes will be prioritised for students in their own school. Thereafter, spaces will be available to other schools on a first come, first served basis. Travel arrangements are organised by the school using minibus or taxi, except to West Lothian College which is within walking distance. The school to which you travel to will be the presenting centre for prelims, NABs and the final examination. Further information is available from your Head of House. West Lothian College are also introducing two new choices this year for pupils entering S5: HNC Computing HNC Engineering These courses will appear in the travel column and run for 2 years (S5 and S6). Students will require to also study Higher Mathematics and Higher Physics (Engineering) as well as their College commitment.


PLAYING OUR PART St Margaret’s Academy aims to be a School of Excellence and a community that helps its students to become Successful Learners * Confident Individuals Responsible Citizens * Effective Contributors These school Expectations are based on a community of mutual respect and pride in the school and each other. We can all Play our Part by following them. •

Full Dress Code should be followed at all times on school days – Seniors wear full senior dress code including blazer and senior tie.

All Planners, books and equipment should be carried in a school bag, and, so pupils are prepared for work, this should be brought to school each day.

For Health and Safety reasons, scarves, hats and outdoor coats are not worn in the school building. Headwear and football colours are not appropriate for school. Excessive jewellery, piercings etc are discouraged on safety grounds.

Pupils stay on school campus at Interval and Lunch.

For reasons of security, valuables, e.g. large amounts of cash or expensive belongings should not be brought into school.

Mobile phones or other electronic devices must not be switched on or displayed in school during class, unless under the direction of a teacher using Anywhere Anytime Learning.

Pupils needing emergency home contact must notify and use Pupil Support or Office Staff to arrange the call.

The whole school community will work together to be the best they can be – in study and all activities.

All members of the school community are entitled to respect.


EXPRESSIVE ARTS


ART & DESIGN S5/6 NQ COURSES INTERMEDIATE 1, INTERMEDIATE 2, HIGHER What will I do? The purpose of these courses is to promote knowledge and understanding of the Visual Arts & Design, historical development and contemporary applications. Skills such as research, media handling, problem solving and evaluation are developed further, with the courses designed to give learners the opportunity to express themselves and explore areas of personal interest. Each course comprises of 3 mandatory units: Expressive Activity (40hours), Design Activity (40 hours), Art & Design Studies (40) hours, plus 40 hours flexible time for the completion of the solutions to both units. Entry to the course: For entry to Intermediate 2 Art & Design course you should have achieved Intermediate 1 level award. For entry to the Higher Art & Design course you should have achieved Intermediate 2 level award. What will you learn? Expressive Activity – thinking like an artist. This Unit will provide opportunities for you to express yourself creatively using a variety of media. It involves drawing from first hand sources, investigating and responding to an appropriate theme, developing and resolving personal ideas and expressing these imaginatively. It will allow you personal expression through the production of a two-dimensional and/or three-dimensional expressive solution. Design Activity – thinking like a designer. Designers are problem solvers. This Unit involves investigating the requirements, constraints and implications of a design task such as function, appearance and safety issues. You will research and develop a range of approaches and possible ideas before selecting and producing a final solution. You will evaluate the design process and final outcome. Art & Design Studies – written analysis of the work of artists and designers. In this unit you are required to undertake two studies, one relating to the Expressive Activity and one relating to the Design Activity. Knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the visual arts, past and present is developed through researching and investigating areas of the visual arts and design, presenting informed personal views, opinions and judgements. What will be expected of you? A Higher student is someone who takes charge of their own learning - it is your responsibility to attend regularly and complete all deadlines. How will you be assessed? You will be assessed by your teacher using a pass/fail system in accordance with SQA guidelines. Practical Units are assessed externally by the SQA along with the Art & Design Studies essay or Question Paper. Progression Pathway: Art & Design can lead to a whole range of exciting careers - an architect, a fashion designer, a computer software or graphic designer, a commercial artist, an illustrator, a journalist, a photographer… to name but a few!


ART AND DESIGN HIGHER PHOTOGRAPHY What will I do and what will I learn? The course consists of 3 units: Unit 1: Basic Camera Techniques Unit 2: Digital Imaging Unit 3: Research Project And a Practical Assignment which included the following stages: Planning Development Evaluation Pupils will work to a chosen Theme/Brief from the following: Youth Culture, The Natural World, Technology The Urban Environment, The Visual Elements in the Environment Entry to the Course It is recommended that pupils have an Intermediate 2 award in Art & Design, and their own compact digital camera (8.2 mega pixel & above) or a digital SLR. Pupils will be required to pay ÂŁ20 towards the cost of materials. This should be paid in term one. Pupils will also be responsible for the professional printing of the final 12 prints for the Practical assignment. What will be expected of me? Pupils will be expected to successfully complete the 3 units before progressing onto the Higher Practical Assignment and will be expected to work to timelines. If a pupil fails the written NAB for Unit 1: Basic Camera Techniques they will not be able to progress onto the Higher Practical Assignment but with remediation time, agreed by their teacher, may gain accreditation for each individual unit if it is successfully completed. How will I be assessed? Pupils will be assessed by completing all of the Learning Outcomes linked to the 3 Units of work. They will sit a written NAB for Unit 1: Basic Camera Techniques which must be passed to progress onto the Higher Practical Assignment. A folio of work will be produced and this will be both Internally assessed and sent to SQA for assessment. An evaluation of the folio will be completed in 3 hours. My progression pathway Higher Photography is beneficial for Further and Higher Education courses in Art and Design.


DRAMA INTERMEDIATE 2 LEVEL What will I do and what will I learn? Drama is not simply acting and theatre – it is much, much more. By learning and using theatre skills, you will be encouraged to communicate and explore your own and others’ ideas, attitudes and values. The skills required for drama can contribute positively to personal and social development. These skills include:    

Learning to work successfully as a member of a group Learning to exchange ideas by talking and listening affectively Learning to make decisions Learning to evaluate your own and others’ work

Entry to the course: Entry onto the course requires an award at Standard Grade General (3) or Intermediate 1 level. Prior experience in a drama club in school or in the community would also be beneficial. In addition, it is essential that you have a good Intermediate 1 pass in English and are studying Intermediate 2 English. What will be expected of me? Intermediate 2 drama has three elements: THEATRE PRODUCTION SKILLS You will develop theatre skill drawn from lighting, stage management, make-up, props, set devising, sound and directing. DRAMA PRODUCTION This element involves the study of the art of theatre. All of the knowledge and skills you gained in the first two units will be drawn together to culminate in a performance (to an audience) of a piece of theatre. DRAMA SKILLS This involves investigating a theme or topic chosen from different media, e.g. photographs, newspapers, headlines, objects or poetry. You will investigate social attitudes and values and develop your ideas to produce a group presentation. How will I be assessed? You will be assessed in two ways; through a Practical examination of your acting skills and you will sit a Question paper based on your knowledge and understanding of theatre production skills. Each part is worth 50% of your overall grade. My progression pathway Having a qualification in drama is recognized by many higher and further education establishments as being an excellent preparation for any. It shows breadth and depth in your subject choice and will provide a lifelong recreational interest.


DRAMA HIGHER LEVEL What will I do and what will I learn? Drama is not simply acting and theatre – it is much, much more. By learning and using theatre skills, you will be encouraged to communicate and explore your own and others’ ideas, attitudes and values. The skills required for drama can contribute positively to personal and social development. These skills include: • Investigating relationships, topics and issues • Gaining knowledge and understanding of aspects of the theatre • Acting and directing skills • Experience theatrical performance Entry to the course: Entry onto the course requires a pass in Standard Grade Drama at Credit level. Prior experience in a drama club in school or in the community would also be beneficial. You should have an Intermediate 2 award in English. What will be expected of me? The course involves three mandatory units: Investigative Drama where you will work in a group and use creative drama skills to investigate a chosen theme. Study of a Text in its Theatrical Context where you will explore a text from the perspective of a director and an actor. Contemporary Scottish Theatre involves an exploration of at least three Scottish plays from the perspective of both the actor and the audience. How will I be assessed? There are elements of internal and external assessment to gain an overall course award. The external assessment has two parts: an acting examination worth 40 marks where you will asked to perform in two contrasting roles, one based on a prescribed text and one based on a text from Scottish contemporary theatre. The question paper lasts 2 hours 30 minutes and is worth 60 marks. The internal assessment occurs throughout the course and takes the form of observational checklists and a number of written assignments. My progression pathway Having a qualification in drama is recognized by many higher and further education establishments as being an excellent preparation for any career and particularly for any Law degree. It shows breadth and depth in your subject choice and will provide a lifelong recreational interest.


NATIONAL PROGRESSION AWARD MUSICAL THEATRE LEVEL 6 What will I do and what will I learn? The national Progression Award in Musical Theatre offers you the opportunity to develop your skills in the areas of music, acting and dance, all in the context of musical theatre. It also provides the specific skills, knowledge and resources that may be called on when preparing for auditions for entry to musical theatre, drama or music courses. It must be noted that the course offers ONLY unit awards – not a full course award. The progression pathways from this are noted at the bottom. Entry to the course: It would be beneficial if you have experience of a drama, dance or music theatre course, either in a school setting or in youth or community arts performance. In addition, you should have a credit pass in music or drama. What will be expected of me? The course is a 120 hour programme of study which equates to a minimum of 3 credits. There is one mandatory unit and two other units selected from the options below. MANDATORY UNIT – Acting Through Song OPTIONAL UNITS – Select 2 units from the following: Theatre Performers: Solo Singing Skills Theatre Performers: Group Singing Skills Preparation for Audition How will I be assessed? There are a range of outcomes associated with each unit. The Mandatory unit, Acting Through Song, will require you to research and interpret the text of contrasting songs, then create and portray that character in song. In Preparing for An Audition, you will research the performing arts industry, identifying the types of work available, then rehearse for and perform at an audition. The Solo and Group singing skills are both practical units and will be assessed through a final performance. You will also be required to evaluate your own and others’ performances. Each of the units requires written evidence of your progress and you will be required to keep a performance diary as you go through the course. My progression pathway The NPA in Musical Theatre has been designed to articulate with the range of performing arts courses currently being offered at colleges and would provide a good pathway into those areas. In particular, it could lead to and HNC then HND in Musical Theatre now being offered at many colleges all over the country. Since it has a particular specialist focus it will prepare you for both Musical Theatre performance and the professional audition process, and will open up potential routes to employment.


MUSIC WITH PERFORMING INTERMEDIATE 2 LEVEL What will I do and what will I learn? At Intermediate 2 level you will study Music with Performing. The course contains the same elements as at Standard Grade, in other words, perform on TWO instruments, complete a Composition (inventing) folio and complete a Listening paper. At Intermediate 2, the Performing elements are worth 60% or your overall grade and the listening paper makes up the other 40%. Entry to the course: You should have achieved a General pass at Standard grade, and in particular, you should have a general pass for both of your instruments. What will be expected of me? Since the Intermediate 2 is a performing course you will be expected to complete regular practice in both of your instruments. If you don’t have an instrument at home you will be able to practise in the department during intervals and lunchtimes. You will also be expected to complete weekly homework exercises based either on composing tasks or listening tasks. These will be used as part of the course assessment. How will I be assessed? All parts of the course are internally assessed and two elements are assessed externally. You must perform a programme of music on both instruments. On your main instrument the programme should last 4 minutes and on your second instrument the programme should last 4 minutes. This is assessed by an examiner in March. In listening you will sit a Question paper lasting one hour and which is marked out of 40. In composition you are required to produce a folio consisting of one piece lasting a minimum of 1 minute. This will be assessed at regular intervals throughout the course of the year. My progression pathway A pass at Intermediate 2 level will allow you to progress easily to Higher level and, thereafter, to many music-based further education courses. Many colleges now specialise in Music Theatre, Music with Technology and other industry based courses which are becoming increasingly more popular.


MUSIC WITH PERFORMING HIGHER LEVEL What will I do and what will I learn? At Higher level you will study Music with Performing. The course contains the same elements as at Standard Grade, in other words, perform on TWO instruments, complete a Composition (inventing) folio and complete a Listening paper. At Higher, the Performing elements are worth 60% or your overall grade and the listening paper makes up the other 40%. Entry to the course: You should have achieved a credit award at Standard grade. It is desirable to have a grade 1 award for both of your instruments. What will be expected of me? Since the Higher is a performing course you will be expected to complete regular practice in both of your instruments. If you don’t have an instrument at home you will be able to practise in the department during intervals and lunchtimes. You will also be expected to complete weekly homework exercises based either on composing tasks or listening tasks. These will be used as part of the course assessment. How will I be assessed? All parts of the course are internally assessed and two elements are assessed externally. You must perform a programme of music on both instruments. On your main instrument the programme should last 10 minutes and on your second instrument the programme should last 5 minutes. This is assessed by an examiner in March. In listening you will sit a Question paper lasting one hour and which is marked out of 40. In composition you are required to produce a folio of at least two contrasting pieces lasting a minimum of 1 minute each. This will be assessed at regular intervals throughout the course of the year. My progression pathway A good pass at higher level will allow you to progress easily to Advanced higher level and, thereafter, to many music-based further education courses. Many colleges now specialise in Music Theatre, Music with Technology and other industry based courses which are becoming increasingly more popular.


HEALTH & WELLBEING


EARLY EDUCATION AND CHILDCARE INTERMEDIATE 2 What will I do and what will I learn? You will gain essential knowledge about the important domestic and social area of Early Education and Childcare. You will develop knowledge of the skills required to work with children and gain insights into the importance of play. You will learn about child development and the importance of a healthy diet for children. Your will develop key knowledge and skills and positive attitudes that will allow you to progress onto other care related courses, or into employment within the education and childcare sector. This course will also help to develop self-confidence and a positive attitude for anyone considering working in this area. Entry to the course: You should be studying Intermediate 2 English, or have already achieved an award at this level. What will be expected of me? Homework will be expected to be completed weekly. How will I be assessed? You will complete 4 Units: • Child Development and Health • Play in Early Education and Childcare • Working in Early Education and Childcare • Care and Feeding of Children There is no written final exam. Instead you will complete a number of NABs, closed book exams and produce a folio of evidence in order to pass this course. All NABs and exams must be passed if the course award is to be achieved. The folio of evidence will be sent to SQA for external marking. My progression pathway Higher Early Education and Childcare Careers in social work, education, social sciences and the health sector.


HOME ECONOMICS (HEALTH & FOOD TECHNOLOGY) HIGHER What will I do and what will I learn? This course examines technological developments in the food industry focusing on the properties of food (physical, chemical, nutritional and sensory). You will develop management skills for the effective use of resources and materials in the development of new food products. You will evaluate the design of products and examine a range of consumer issues including diet, health, food safety and consumer legislation. Entry to the course: You should have achieved Standard Grade Credit award in Home Economics What will be expected of me? Homework will be expected to be completed weekly. How will I be assessed? You will complete 2 Units: • Resource Management • Consumer Studies You will internally complete two Unit Assessments and sit an external assessment set by SQA at the end of the course. In addition, you will complete a Technological Project internally which will be externally marked by the SQA. This is worth 50% of your final grade. My progression pathway To University, Further Education (particularly suited to degrees in food science, consumerism, dietetics and teaching). Advanced Higher Health & Food Technology: this is designed to provide a challenging experience for those who wish to study this subject in greater depth. Increased emphasis is placed on independent study skills.


HOSPITALITY INTERMEDIATE 1 What will I do and what will I learn? This course is both practical and theoretical and explores issues such as healthy eating, hygiene, food preparation techniques and cookery processes. Entry to the course: This course is ideal for everyone with an interest in this area. There are no formal entry qualifications. What will be expected of me? You will be expected to contribute towards the cost of ingredients and provide containers to take food home. Full co-operation and commitment are essential. How will I be assessed? You will complete 4 units. Each of these will be followed by a Unit Assessment. An external practical examination set by SQA will be completed at the end of the course. My progression pathway Intermediate 2 Hospitality Careers in Hospitality and Catering industry.


HOSPITALITY INTERMEDIATE 2 What will I do and what will I learn? This course is both practical and theoretical and explores issues such as healthy eating, hygiene and safety, food preparation techniques and cookery processes. You will develop your practical skills to a high standard and you will carry out an individual investigation about foods eaten around the world. Entry to the course: This course is ideal for those who excel in practical skills and wish to progress to college level and professional catering standards. There are no formal entry qualifications. What will be expected of me? You should already have good practical cookery skills and may have achieved a pass at Standard Grade Home Economics or Intermediate 1 level Hospitality. You will be expected to contribute towards the cost of ingredients and provide containers to take food home (approximately ÂŁ60). Full co-operation and commitment are essential. How will I be assessed? You will complete 3 Units. Food preparation for Healthy Eating, Foods of the World, Practical cookery skills for Hospitality. Each of these will be followed by a Unit Assessment. An external practical examination set by the SQA will be completed at the end of the course. My progression pathway Higher Hospitality. College based Hospitality courses. Careers in Hospitality and Catering industry.


PHYSICAL EDUCATION INTERMEDIATE 1 / INTERMEDIATE 2 What will I do and what will I learn? The Course has three broad and inter-related aims:  

to develop performance through participation in selected physical activities to develop knowledge and understanding of performance through application of the processes and related concepts involved in its analysis and development  to contribute to each individual’s personal and social development This is achieved through the Performance element where you develop skills in a minimum of two activities and through the Analysis and Development of Performance where you will reflect on your own performance and consider ways in which it can be improved. Entry to the course: The entry requirement for Intermediate 2 PE is an award at Intermediate 1 level PE. It is recommended that Intermediate 1 level in English has been awarded. The entry requirements for Intermediate 1 PE are a genuine interest in a variety of sporting activities and an excellent record of participation and effort in core PE. What will be expected of me? At Intermediate 2 level you will study 3 out of 4 of the following topics: Performance Appreciation; Skills and Techniques; Preparation of the Body; Structures, Strategies and Composition How will I be assessed? There are elements of Internal and External assessment for both Intermediate 1 and Intermediate 2 PE For Performance at Intermediate 2 you will be assessed on a live performance of your two best activities. You will also be required to complete a Unit Assessment during your course. You will also complete a question paper at Intermediate 2. The Question paper lasts 2 hours. My progression pathway In addition to having a lifelong recreational interest in sport, many Universities/ Colleges offer courses based on Leisure & Recreation, Sports Management and more.


PHYSICAL EDUCATION HIGHER What will I do and what will I learn? The Course has three broad and inter-related aims:   

to develop performance through participation in selected physical activities to develop knowledge and understanding of performance through application of the processes and related concepts involved in its analysis and development to contribute to each individual’s personal and social development

This is achieved through the Performance element where you develop skills in a minimum of two activities and through the Analysis and Development of Performance where you will reflect on your own performance and consider ways in which it can be improved. Entry to the course: The entry requirements for Higher PE will be an award in Intermediate 2 PE. It is recommended that you have attained an award in Intermediate 2 English. What will be expected of me? The activities covered are football, basketball, swimming, and badminton. Full participation in all of these is essential. At Higher level you will study 3 out of 4 of the following topics: Performance Appreciation; Skills and Techniques; Preparation of the Body; Structures, Strategies and Composition The practical element of the course is assessed internally. You will also be required to complete a Unit Assessment during the course. How will I be assessed? There are elements of Internal and External assessment for Higher level. For Performance you will be assessed on a live performance of your two best activities. You will also complete a Question Paper lasting two and a half hours. My progression pathway In addition to having a lifelong recreational interest in sport, many Universities/ Colleges offer courses based on Leisure & Recreation, Sports Management and more.


PHYSICAL EDUCATION Higher PERFORMANCE What will I do and what will I learn? You will participate in a number of activities throughout the year such as, swimming, basketball, football, volleyball, fitness & hockey. Entry to the course: This course is available in S5 & S6. The entry requirement for Performance PE is a genuine interest in a variety of activities and a willingness to try new or different activities. Pupils must have had an excellent record of participation in Core PE. What will be expected of me? You will be expected to fully participate in all activities to the best of your ability. How will I be assessed? You will be assessed internally on your practical performance. You will gain a performance unit at Advanced higher, Higher, Intermediate 2 or intermediate 1 depending on your level of performance. My progression pathway In addition to having a lifelong recreational interest in sport, many Colleges offer courses based in Leisure & Recreation, Sports Management and more.


PHYSICAL EDUCATION DANCE LEADERSHIP What will I do and what will I learn? This course is available in S5 and S6 The course has elements of theory and practical and will cover the following units; Level 1 Award in Dance leadership Within this you will learn how to lead and help others develop their performances in Dance. You will learn how to teach a dance class and assist others with choreography and technique. You will be required to teach small groups of children. Level 2 Award in Dance Leadership Within this course you will become competent to teach a full dance class without any assistance. By the end of the course you will not be required to have a supervising teacher in the room with you when you are teaching. Candidates will complete a First Aid course and learn behaviour management and styles of teaching. Entry to the course: The entry requirement for Dance Leadership is having an interest in helping people to improve their performance and working with others. Pupils must have had an excellent record of participation in Core PE and a positive attitude towards work. What will be expected of me? The awards give pupils the opportunity to work towards teaching younger pupils in a dance based environment. Pupils will develop their leadership and communication skills. They will work with junior classes and primary classes throughout the year to improve their leadership skills. Pupils will be given the opportunity to help run whole school events for example – Dance Festivals and Dance Shows. How will I be assessed? Internal assessment by class teachers. My progression pathway In addition to having a lifelong recreational interest in dance, many Universities/ Colleges offer courses based on performing arts. Pupils will also be able to pursue a career in teaching with this leadership qualification.


PHYSICAL EDUCATION HIGHER DANCE What will I do and what will I learn? Course Aims: The course will consist of 4 areas of work, Contemporary, Jazz, African and Choreography. In Each area pupils will be required to: • • •

Demonstrate appropriate dance skills and techniques Demonstrate tutor-taught choreographed dance sequences that incorporate skills and techniques Apply skills and techniques to the presentation and performance of dance

In the Choreography unit candidates will be required to: • • •

demonstrate the ability to use the imagination to create and effect dance movement and sequences. demonstrate appropriate selection of music and design elements for choreographic work. evaluate the choreographic process and make recommendations for future work.

Entry to the course: The entry requirements for Higher Dance will be a pass at Intermediate 2 or NPA in Dance or an equivalent award. Candidates will be required to have competence in at least two of the following dance styles: • Alternative • Classical • Contemporary • Ethnic • Jazz • Scottish

What will be expected of me? Full participation in all areas of work is essential. At Higher level you will be expected to perform each of the dances for assessment and also show all of the planning for the choreography unit through a portfolio of work. Choreography will be performed in different contexts and all dancers will be required to be a part of this. This course is subject to external verification each year and has an external exam within the exam diet in May. How will I be assessed? There are elements of Internal and External assessment for Higher level. Candidates must produce a 500 word, or equivalent, plan of action which will form part of a Portfolio. The plan may include, where appropriate, one or more of the following: • video • diagrams • floor plan • patterns • choreographic designs and stimuli. My progression pathway In addition to having a lifelong recreational interest in Dance, candidates will have access to many college and university courses in Dance and Performing Arts. This qualification will also assist candidates who would like to teach in the future.


PHYSICAL EDUCATION SPORTS LEADERSHIP What will I do and what will I learn? This course is available in S6 only The course has elements of theory and practical and will cover the following units; Level 1 Award in Sports leadership Within this you will learn how lead and help others develop their performances in sporting situations. Entry to the course: This course is available in S6 only. The entry requirement for Sports Leadership is a genuine interest in a variety of sporting activities. This would include an interest in helping people to improve their performance and working with others. Pupils must have had an excellent record of participation in Core PE. What will be expected of me? The level 1 Award gives pupils the opportunity to work towards teaching younger pupils in a sports based environment. Pupils will develop their leadership and communication skills. They will work with junior classes throughout the year to improve their leadership skills. Pupils will be given the opportunity to help run whole school events for example – Sports Day. How will I be assessed? Internal assessment by class teachers. My progression pathway In addition to having a lifelong recreational interest in sport, many Universities/ Colleges offer courses based on Leisure & Recreation, Sports Management, teaching and more.


LANGUAGES


ENGLISH INTERMEDIATE 1 / INTERMEDIATE 2 / HIGHER What will I do and what will I learn? You will undertake a course of study at Intermediate 1, Intermediate 2 or Higher level English. You will study and develop your skills in language and reading of literature within three units of work: The Language Unit focuses on writing of different kinds and also covers a range of related nonfiction reading. The Literary Study Unit focuses on the reading of literature and your response to it. You will study a variety of texts from at least two of four categories - prose fiction, poetry, drama and mass media. The Folio In April two pieces (1 at Int 1 level) of your written work will be submitted to the SQA for external marking. You will draft and re-draft these with some guidance from your teacher in the course of the year. The first piece is expected to be completed by the end of term 1 and the second by the start of March. Pieces may include a discursive essay, a personal response or a creative piece. Through these units of work you will develop your reading skills by further reading of more demanding literary texts. You will learn how to more closely analyze and evaluate features of fiction and non-fiction texts including aspects of style, structure, language and tone. You will further your skills in essay writing, including critical essays of literature, argumentative, persuasive and reflective writing. Entry to the course: In order to undertake a course of study at Intermediate 1 level, you will be expected to have attained at least a pass at Access 3 level in English. To undertake a course of study at Intermediate 2 level, you will be expected to have an award at Intermediate 2. To undertake a course of study at Higher level, you will be expected to have an award at Intermediate 2. Pupils who achieve a Grade C at Intermediate 2 can proceed to Higher but will be advised to take the exam over 2 years. What will be expected of me? You will be expected to work and study independently to meet deadlines given to you by your teacher, particularly in relation to your folio submissions. You will need to show increased responsibility for your own learning and be responsible for ensuring you have completed all required reading. You must show full commitment to your course of study by keeping good attendance, completing all homework and meeting all deadlines set by your teacher. How will I be assessed? You will need to meet the learning outcomes of the three units which are assessed in school by the teacher in accordance with SQA regulations: Language Unit (you will need to meet the learning outcomes in both Close Reading and Writing), Literary Unit (you will need to meet the learning outcome in Textual Analysis). The final, external examination is set and marked by the SQA. The examination elements are the Close Reading paper and the Critical Essay paper. In addition to this a folio submission of two writing pieces will form 20% of the overall grade. My progression pathway Pupils attaining an award at Intermediate 1 level may undertake Intermediate 2 English. Pupils attaining an award at Intermediate 2 level may undertake Higher English. Pupils attaining at least a grade B pass at Higher level may undertake Advanced Higher English in S6.


ENGLISH ADVANCED HIGHER What will I do and what will I learn? Advanced Higher extends students’ knowledge and skills beyond Higher. The Advanced Higher English Course consists of two mandatory Units and a further Unit chosen from a list of options. The two mandatory Units are Specialist Study (an independent study of an aspect of literature or language or media) and Literary Study. The optional Units (from which the student chooses one) are Creative Writing, Language Study, Textual Analysis and Reading the Media. Entry to the course: Pupils attaining at least a grade B pass at Higher level may undertake Advanced Higher English in S6. What will be expected of me? Full commitment to the course is essential, as students of Advanced Higher English will face new academic and personal challenges, requiring them to develop their knowledge and abilities in language and literature. Students must take responsibility for the completion of a specialist study or literary study and are required to think and work independently. Whatever combination of Units is taken, the resulting Course and assessment will be at a consistently advanced level. How will I be assessed? To achieve an overall pass in the course, a candidate must pass internal assessment (conducted in the school) in all three Units and must also pass external assessment through examination performance for Literary Study (and for Textual Analysis or Language Study or Reading the Media, if the candidate chooses one of these options) and through submitted coursework for Specialist Study (and for Creative Writing, if the candidate chooses this option), which takes the form of a dissertation and is submitted to SQA at the end of April My progression pathway Candidates who pursue their studies and successfully complete the course in Advanced Higher English will possess an award at a level specified as an entry qualification for various Higher education courses and, for some courses, carries a credit transfer rating allowing accelerated progression on those courses. Successful candidates will gain a qualification which signals an ability to demonstrate a range of high order skills and possess a level of communicative competence which will enable them to access other levels of the curriculum at an advanced level. You can find the detailed Course Arrangements on the English page of SQA’ website (www.sqa.org.uk). A specimen examination paper is also available here, together with other information and guidance.


CLASSICAL STUDIES HIGHER What will I do and what will I learn? You will be undertaking a course of study which explores civilisations of the ancient world such as Greece and Rome. The periods studied are Fifth Century Athens and Rome from First Century BC to First Century AD. As you increase your awareness of the Classical World and its contribution to our own society, you will develop skills of research, analysis, evaluation and communication. You will gain a range of perspectives in relation to various social issues and an insight into the attitudes and values of others. Classical Drama (consisting of three compulsory Greek plays: Euripedes Medea, Aristophanes Lysistrata and Sophocles Antigone) will account for one prescribed topic, alongside either a political exploration of ‘Power and Freedom’ in the ancient world or investigation of ancient ‘Religion and Belief. Entry to the Course: Classical Studies is offered to S6 students only, and requires Higher A or B in English and Higher/ Intermediate 2 History or Modern Studies. What will be expected of me? You will be expected to commit yourself fully to learning about the Classical World, assuming responsibility for independent study when necessary, and meeting deadlines given to you by your teacher. This is particularly important, as you will be solely accountable for ensuring you have completed all required reading and for guaranteeing that homework is completed to the best of your ability. Homework will be given on a regular basis and will include the reading of prescribed dramas, research, essay writing and practical analysis questions. How will I be assessed? You will need to meet the learning outcomes of component units which are assessed internally (in the school) by the teacher, in accordance with the SQA regulations. These assessments will be set at various points in the duration of the course. The final, external examination is set and marked by the SQA. This is a 3 hour paper which includes the following: essay questions to test Knowledge and Understanding and Evaluating Skills, worth 60 marks and the completion of Practical Analysis questions, worth 40 marks. My progression pathway Higher Classical Studies offers the opportunity to learn about a unique subject, and to take such studies further if desired. In addition, the course provides enrichment for a number of subjects including English, History, Modern Studies, Drama and Religious Studies. Moreover, the analytical and evaluative skills it sets out to develop will undoubtedly be of benefit to all students whatever career they choose to pursue.


MODERN LANGUAGES INTERMEDIATE 2 / HIGHER SPANISH AND FRENCH What will I do and what will I learn? You will study topics related to three themes: Lifestyles, Education and Work and the Wider World. You will listen to texts and answer questions in English. You will read texts and answer questions in English. You will write e-mails, letters and essays. You will do translation work. You will also learn how to do presentations in the target language and you will participate in a discussion in the target language. Entry to the course: A Credit award in Standard Grade is required if you wish to sit Higher, with a Credit pass in writing. A General award at Standard Grade is required if you wish to sit Intermediate 2, with a 3 in writing. If you have not completed a Standard Grade Spanish course but have a General award in French you may study Intermediate 2 Spanish. What will be expected of me? You will be expected to learn how the language works by revising grammar points, you must learn vocabulary regularly and you will also be required to learn essays. You will be expected to locate errors in your own pieces of written work and be able to correct these errors with some help from your teacher. You will be given a handbook offering information and advice on all areas of the course and you should thoroughly read this booklet. Homework will take the form of reading passages, translations, essay writing, grammar practice and listening comprehension. How will I be assessed? For both Higher and Intermediate 2 you will be required to pass internal assessments in the following skills: Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking. For Intermediate 2 the external examination in May will take the form of three papers: Reading comprehension exercises, Listening comprehension exercises and Writing a letter applying for a job abroad. For Higher the external examination will take the form of two papers. Paper 1 will be a reading comprehension, a translation and an essay on a holiday. Paper 2 is a listening comprehension and a short essay on the same topic as the listening text that you hear. A Prelim examination will take place and this will reflect the final examination in May. My progression pathway Pupils who pass Intermediate 2 in S5 can do Higher in S6. Pupils who pass Higher can progress to Advanced Higher in S6 and may even consider the language Baccalaureate. Universities offer courses in Languages alone. They also offer courses combining Languages and Business. Heriot-Watt University does a specific degree in interpretation and translation which is world renowned. Many language graduates find careers in travel and tourism, teaching and Business, translation, International Relations and International Law.


MODERN LANGUAGES ADVANCED HIGHER What will I do and what will I learn? You will do topics related to three themes: Personal, Social and cultural issues, topical and cultural issues and environmental issues. You will listen to texts and answer questions in English. You will read texts and answer questions in English. You will do translation work. You will learn how to write discursive essays in the target language. You will also learn how to do presentations and discussions in the target language. You will also write essays in English on two areas of study, a book and a film or 2 books. The aim of the course is to enable candidates to use and study the target language independently in increasingly competent, flexible and confident ways. Entry to the course: A pass at Higher level at grade A or B is advised if you wish to sit Advanced Higher. What will be expected of me? You will be expected to learn how the language works by regularly revising in your own time grammar points covered in class. Knowing how the language works will help you to translate texts and write in the foreign language accurately. You will thoroughly prepare for presentations and discussions. You will be given vocabulary to learn on a regular basis to enable you to write discursive essays on a variety of topic areas. Homework will take the form of reading passages, translations, essay writing in English and in the target language, grammar practice and listening comprehension. For a large part of the time pupils will be required to think and work independently, taking responsibility for the planning and completing of their folio submissions on the chosen two areas of study. How will I be assessed? You will be required to pass internal assessments in the following skills: Speaking, listening, reading and writing. The external examination is composed of the following elements: • a discussion with a visiting examiner in March • a folio composed of two essays in English on the chosen areas of study to be submitted in April • listening and reading comprehensions • a translation • a discursive essay in the foreign language. My progression pathway Universities offer courses in Languages alone. For example, Heriot-Watt University offers a highly acclaimed course in Translation and Interpretation. They also offer courses combining Languages and Business. Many language graduates find careers in travel and tourism, teaching and Business, International Relations and International Law.


LANGUAGES BACCALAUREATE What will I do and what will I learn? In addition to your study for Advanced Higher in either English and/or a Modern Languages, you will undertake an Interdisciplinary Project of your own choice. This will be an investigation into an area of study related to your learning of languages and/or its relevance or purpose in the world today. This project is designed not only to improve your ability in the subject(s) but also to enhance your life skills such as research and interpersonal skills. Entry to the course: The entry requirements for the Baccalauréate are the same as Advanced Higher ie at least a B pass at Higher. However the full award is only gained with the correct combination of Advanced Highers and Highers outlined below. If you are unable to gain the full award, you may wish to consider undertaking the Interdisciplinary Project as a stand - alone unit. This gains 16 SCQF points in itself. What will be expected of me? To complete the Baccalauréate the mandatory units are: • • •

An Advanced Higher in either two Modern Languages or a Modern Language and English A Higher in whichever of the three you are not studying to Advanced Higher The Interdisciplinary Project

You will be expected to undertake the Interdisciplinary Project independently, only meeting with your teacher to discuss progress and next steps intermittently. This is in addition to the full requirements for your Higher(s) and Advanced Highers. How will I be assessed? The project will be submitted to the SQA in April. It will be graded A-C and this is a judgement on how your language AND your life skills have developed in the course of the project. My progression pathway More and more universities are now recognising the Baccalauréate qualification. Furthermore successful completion of the Interdisciplinary Project not only sets you up for studying on your own at university but it also gives you extra SCQF points.


MATHEMATICS


MATHEMATICS MATHEMATICS – PROGRESSION ROUTES What will I do and what will I learn? Award in Personal Finance – Level 4 (Intermediate 1 level) This course is made up of two units • Principles of Money • Money Management Completing the course will give students the knowledge and skills needed to be able to work confidently with finance topics. Topics covered in the course include. • Identifying where money comes from, who makes it, and what its features are. • Understand what procedures are needed to access money from banks. • Identify different sources of money. • Look at saving and borrowing products. • Understand how to make a personal financial budget. Entry to course: Progression in Maths From Access 3 Intermediate 1 Grade C Intermediate 1 Grade A/B Intermediate 2 Grade C Intermediate 2 Grade A/B Credit Grades 1/1,1/2,2/2 Credit Grades 2/3,1/3,1/4 Higher

To Either Intermediate 1 or Financial Education Units Financial Education Units Intermediate 2 Intermediate 2 to upgrade Higher in S6 Higher Higher Aiming for Grade A or B in S5 Higher in S6 Advanced Higher

Assessment Financial Education Units are assessed by completing an online assessment when a unit is completed, practise assessments will be used before attempting the final test. Intermediate 1, Intermediate 2, Higher and Advanced Higher These courses are made up of three units. At the end of each unit, the student will sit a Unit Assessment. These assessments test the minimum needed for each topic. Pupils are allowed one resit of Unit Assessments. Each unit will also be assessed using an extension test these include questions at all levels. There are two prelims, one assessing units 1 and 2 and a full course prelim. All three Unit Assessments and the final exam must be passed for an overall award. Award in Personal Finance – Level 4 (Intermediate 1 level).


MATHEMATICS MATHEMATICS - PROGRESSION ROUTES Intermediate 1 The aim of this course is to extend the student’s learning in areas of algebra, shape, trigonometry and statistics. All pupils study Units 1 and 2. There is then an option to study either Unit 3 or the Applications Unit. Unit 3 contains the mathematics needed to progress to Intermediate 2 in S6. The Applications Unit contains life/work skills, such as Analysing Statistics, Scale Drawing, Using Spreadsheets and Logic Diagrams which may be more appropriate for students not intending to progress further with their maths qualification. Currently a pass at Intermediate 1 is part of the standard entry requirements to apprenticeship courses Intermediate 2 The course has relevance for students with interests in business, engineering and science. The aim of this course is to extend the student’s learning in areas of algebra, shape, trigonometry and statistics. All pupils study Units 1 and 2. There is then an option to study either Unit 3 or the Applications Unit. Unit 3 contains the mathematics needed to progress to Higher in S6. The Applications Unit contains life/work skills, such as Analysing Statistics, Using Spreadsheets and Logic Diagrams which may be more appropriate for students not intending to progress further with their maths qualification. Higher The aim of this course is to extend the student’s learning in areas of algebra, shape, trigonometry and statistics and introduce calculus. The course has relevance for students with interests in business, engineering and science and is an important qualification to gain entry to higher education. Advanced Higher The course has relevance for students intending to study a mathematics course or business, engineering or science course at university. It extends the topics covered at Higher and introduces topics that will be useful preparation for first year degree level.


SCIENCES


SKILLS FOR WORK: LABORATORY SCIENCE INTERMEDIATE 2 What will I do and what will I learn? The Course provides a broad experiential introduction to laboratory science. Candidates will explore a variety and range of industries and services and the career opportunities - in science laboratories – in a local, national and global setting. Candidates will have the opportunity to develop the basic practical skills for working in a laboratory. Candidates will work with others to produce a plan to undertake a practical investigation to test scientific hypotheses related to a scientific topic. This will also involve reporting of the results, conclusions and evaluations of the investigation. Entry to the course: This course is limited to 10 places for S6 pupils. An award at Intermediate 1 level or a General level pass in Biology, Chemistry or Physics is recommended. What will be expected of me? You will be expected to keep to deadlines, organise your own notes and work collaboratively on investigations and experimental work. You will be expected to work in a safe manner both individually and as part of a team. You should also take an interest in real world scientific matters. How will I be assessed? This course is internally assessed. There is no SQA exam. Assessment in class will consist of an investigation; an open book assessment and candidate reviews of their employability skills and through performance evidence generated during practical activities. A NAB will also support each Unit. My progression pathway This Course or its Units may provide progression to: National Courses or Units, Further or Higher Education, Training or employment in scientific settings.


BIOLOGY INTERMEDIATE 2 What will I do and what will I learn? There are 3 units – • • •

Living Cells Environmental Biology and Genetics Animal Physiology

All including practical and theoretical aspects. Entry to the course: An award in Intermediate 1 Biology is recommended to progress in this course. What will be expected of me? You will be expected to keep to deadlines, organise your own notes and work collaboratively on investigations and experimental work. You will be expected to utilise the Intermediate 2 Biology GLOW group and take responsibility for your own learning. Homework will be given regularly and you will be expected to ensure that all work is learned before assessments. How will I be assessed? • • • •

NAB on completion of each unit (3 in total) Practical write up LO3 Prelims External SQA exam (2 hours includes two essays)

My progression pathway Successful completion allows you to progress to Higher Biology.


BIOLOGY HIGHER What will I do and what will I learn? The course consists of practical work, hand outs, text books & smart board presentations. There are 3 units: • Cell Biology • Genetics and Adaptation • Control and Regulation Entry to the course: An award in Intermediate 2 Biology is recommended to progress in this course. What will be expected of me? You will be expected to keep to deadlines, organise your own notes and work collaboratively on investigations and experimental work. You will be expected to utilise the Higher Biology GLOW group and take responsibility for your own learning. Homework will be given regularly and you will be expected to ensure that all work is learned before assessments. How will I be assessed? • • • •

NAB on completion of each unit (3 in total) Practical write up LO3 Prelims External SQA exam (2.5 hours includes two essays)

My progression pathway Successful completion allows you to progress to Advanced Higher, university or college or a scientific career.


BIOLOGY ADVANCED HIGHER What will I do and what will I learn? This course consists of 3 units and an investigation • Cell and Molecular Biology • Environmental Biology • Physiology Health and Exercise Entry to the course: An award in Higher Biology is recommended to progress in this course. What will be expected of me? Independent study using materials found on the subject Glow website. Attending lectures and completing homework tasks. Maintaining a day book for the investigation practicals. How will I be assessed? • • • •

NAB on completion of each unit (3 in total) Practical Investigation write up Prelims External SQA exam (2.5 hours includes one essay)

My progression pathway Successful completion allows you to progress to university, college or into employment.


CHEMISTRY INTERMEDIATE 2 What will I do and what will I learn? The course is divided into 3 units, under the headings, Energy Matters, The World of Carbon and Chemical Reactions with 4 sections in each, to include • Substances and Atoms - A study of substances and how they are made of atoms. • Bonding and Properties – What are the forces that hold substances together. • Chemical Reactions – Recognising what makes a chemical reaction. • Chemical Quantities – The quantities of reactants and products in chemical reactions. • Fossil Fuels – the oil industry and the chemicals produced. • Carbohydrates and Alcohols - energy foods and alcoholic drinks. • Proteins and Polymers – how proteins in the diet are used. • Acids, Alkalis and Neutralisation – making salts and cancelling out acids. • Acids, Bases and Equilibrium – reversible reactions. • Metals and Redox – how metals are made from ores. • Metals and Corrosion – looking at rust and how to stop it. During the course of these sections, experimental work will improve your practical and note taking skills Entry to the course: An award in Intermediate 1 Chemistry or a General Level in the Knowledge and Understanding element at Standard Grade Chemistry is recommended to progress in this course. What will be expected of me? A degree of independance, and the ability to pace your learning is required. Candidates should be well organised to cover all aspects of the course, which will include homework and the recording of prescribed practicals. Candidates should have a good pass at Intermediate 1 or Standard Grade Science, or a general pass in Standard Grade Chemistry for entrance to Intermediate 2 Chemistry. How will I be assessed? Each of the 12 sections has an end of section test. The 12 sections are organised into 3 units, each with a Unit Assessment test at the end. Over the year there are 9 prescribed practical experiments which need recorded. In January of the course a Prelim exam is taken. My progression pathway It is hoped that a candidate successfully completing Intermediate 2 in S5 would consider Higher Chemistry in S6. An Intermediate 2 Chemistry qualification is a good general qualification for any career or entrance to a further education course.


CHEMISTRY HIGHER What will I do and what will I learn? The course is divided into 3 units, under the headings, Energy Matters, The World of Carbon and Chemical Reactions with 4 sections in each: • Elements and Bonding – the nature of the bonding forces in elements. • Bonding in Compounds – the nature of the bonding forces in compounds. • Reaction Rates – what makes reactions go fast or slow. • Mole – the study of reaction quantities. • Hydrocarbons and Fuels– a detailed look at the oil industry and its products. • Alcohols and Carbonyls – study, manufacture and the uses of alcohols. • Acids, Esters and Fats – Food flavourings and how to make them. Soap chemistry. • Polymers – a close look at some common and specialised plastics. • Nuclear Chemistry – the nature of radioactivity and its various uses. • Equilibrium – a study of reversible reactions and industrial implications. • Redox – Oxidation and reduction reactions and what makes them work. • Chemical Industry – Energy considerations for industrial reactions. During the course of these sections, experimental work, will improve your practical and note taking skills. Entry to the course: An award in Intermediate 2 Chemistry or Credit grade in the Knowledge and Understanding and Problem Solving elements of Standard Grade Chemistry is recommended to progress in this course. What will be expected of me? A degree of independence and the ability to pace your learning is required. Candidates should be well organised to cover all aspects of the course, which will include homework and the recording of prescribed practicals. How will I be assessed? Each of the 12 sections has an end of section test. The 12 sections are organised into 3 units, each with a Unit Assessment test at the end. Over the year there are 9 prescribed practical experiments which need recorded. In January of the course a Prelim exam is taken. My progression pathway A pass at Higher Chemistry will be an excellent general qualification for entry into any career for further education course. Successful students with a particular interest in the subject can progress to Advanced Higher in S6.


CHEMISTRY ADVANCED HIGHER What will I do and what will I learn? The course operates in a lecture style with teacher input and notes but with the expectation that students will do a lot of the work for themselves. There are 4 units: 2 full units and 2 half ones. Unit 1 (half unit) : Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table This looks at the electronic structure of atoms in more detail to explain chemical reactions, colour etc of the transition metals in particular. Unit 2 (full) ; Principles of Chemical Reactions Examines equilibrium reactions, redox, thermochemistry (energy changes) and reaction rates in more detail than at Higher. Unit 3 (full) : Organic Chemistry Closer examination of organic reactions with particular emphasis on reaction mechanisms, isomerism and analytical techniques. Unit 4 (half unit) : Investigation This is chosen by the student and includes research, planning, experimental and finally a complete report is produced which is assessed externally. In addition there are 12 prescribed practical experiments which are covered throughout the course which are assessed externally. Entry to the course: An A or B award in Higher Chemistry is recommended to progress in this course. What will be expected of me? You will be expected to keep up to date and on task. You must ensure all homework, practical write-ups etc are handed in on time. As the investigation is an integral part of the assessment, this must be completed in the allotted period. How will I be assessed? At the end of each unit, there is a Unit Assessment which must be passed to achieve an overall award. There is one practical write-up which is required for the LO3 assessment. The prelim closely follows the pattern of the final examination. The SQA exam is a 2.5 hour exam consisting of Section A – 40 multiple choice questions and Section B – structured questions to a total of 60 marks. My progression pathway Successful completion is of great benefit to anyone intending to follow any course at university involving Chemistry. As it teaches students to be responsible for their own learning, it is excellent training for life.


PHYSICS INTERMEDIATE 2 What will I do and what will I learn? This course consists of two 40 hour and two 20 hour units. a) Mechanics and Heat (40h) b) Electricity (40h) c) Waves (20h) d) Radioactivity (20h) This course is aimed at students who wish to start Physics for the first time or who wish to upgrade a general level Physics award. It is designed to lead on to the Higher course in sixth year. Entry to the course: An award in Intermediate 1 Physics or a General Level in the Knowledge and Understanding element S Grade Physics is recommended to progress in this course. What will be expected of me? You will be expected to work studiously and keep up with the pace of the class. Listen and take your own notes. Meet all homework deadlines. How will I be assessed? The Intermediate courses are assessed by a combination of internal assessment by the teacher and an external examination set and marked by the SQA. After each unit you will sit a Unit Assessment. My progression pathway Successful completion allows you to progress to Higher, college or a scientific career.


PHYSICS HIGHER What will I do and what will I learn? The course consists of three main units a) Mechanics (kinematics, dynamics, properties of matter) b) Electricity (resistors, ac, capacitors, analogue electronics) c) Radiation (waves, opto-electronics, radioactivity) Entry to the course: An award in Intermediate 2 Physics or Credit Level in the Knowledge and Understanding and Problem Solving elements of S Grade Physics is recommended to progress in this course. What will be expected of me? You will be expected to work studiously and keep up with the pace of the class. Listen and take your own notes. Meet all homework deadlines. How will I be assessed? The Higher course is assessed by a combination of internal assessment by the teacher and an external examination set and marked by the SQA. After each unit you will sit a Unit Assessment. My progression pathway Pupils may progress to Advanced Higher, Higher Education, Further Education or a career.


PHYSICS ADVANCED HIGHER What will I do and what will I learn? The course consists of a) b)

three core topics (Mechanics, Electrical Phenomena, Wave Phenomena) physics investigation

This is an excellent preparation for students wishing to study Physics as part of an advanced course at College or University. Entry to the course: An award at grade A or B in Higher Physics is recommended to progress in this course. A good grasp of mathematics is also an advantage. What will be expected of me? You will be expected to work studiously and keep up with the pace of the class. Listen and take your own notes and work independently. Meet all homework and assignment deadlines. Complete an investigation. How will I be assessed? The Higher course is assessed by a combination of internal assessment by the teacher and an external examination set and marked by the SQA. After each unit you will sit a Unit Assessment. My progression pathway To Higher Education, Further Education or a career.


SOCIAL STUDIES


BUSINESS EDUCATION BUSINESS MANAGEMENT INTERMEDIATE 2 What will I do and what will I learn? Intermediate 2 Business Management guides you through the operations of modern organisations. The main topics are: The Role of Business in Society, Internal Business Structures, Marketing and Operations and Finance and Human Resource Management. You will have access to recent media and news articles which will enhance your understanding of business operations. You will develop your written communication skills as well as the ability to analyse different business situations. You will also develop your understanding of enterprise and its importance to the economy. Through understanding the role of business, you will build on your employability skills. Entry to the course: You will be expected to have passed Intermediate 1 English and be sitting Intermediate 2 English. What will be expected of me? You will be set regular homework in the form of extended response questions or case studies. You will also be expected to stay up to date within any recent relevant business news stories. There may be some requirement for the use of IT, however, Business Management is a theoretical subject, and the vast majority of learning will take place in a classroom setting. How will I be assessed? There are three Unit Assessments to complete, these are compulsory element of the course and must be passed. The final exam is worth 100% of your total overall mark. Your exam is one paper, which is split into 2 sections: a case study and two extended response questions. You will also be set timed extended response questions regularly throughout the year, which will be marked and returned, you will be expected to prepare for these. My progression pathway You will be encouraged to take the Higher course next year. There are a wide variety of college and university courses related to business. The subject can be studied on its own or combined with many others including languages and sciences and can be a career path into a wide variety of job opportunities.


BUSINESS EDUCATION BUSINESS MANAGEMENT HIGHER What will I do and what will I learn? Higher Business Management guides you through the operations of modern organisations. The main topics are: The Role of Business in Society, Internal Business Structures, Marketing and Operations and Finance and Human Resource Management. You will have access to recent media and news articles which will enhance your understanding of business operations. You will develop your written communication skills as well as the ability to analyse different business situations. You will also develop your understanding of enterprise and its importance to the economy. Through understanding the role of business, you will build on your employability skills. Entry to the course: You will be expected to have an award in Intermediate 2 English and will preferably be sitting Higher English. An Award in Intermediate 2 Business Management is also advised. What will be expected of me? You will be set regular homework in the form of extended response questions or case studies. You will also be expected to stay up to date within any recent relevant business news stories. There may be some requirement for the use of IT, however, Business Management is a theoretical subject, and the vast majority of learning will take place in a classroom setting. How will I be assessed? There are three Unit Assessments to complete, these are compulsory element of the course and must be passed. The final exam is worth 100% of your total overall mark. Your exam is one paper, which is split into 2 sections: a case study and two extended response questions. You will also be set timed extended response questions regularly throughout the year, which will be marked and returned, you will be expected to prepare for these. My progression pathway There are a wide variety of college and university courses related to business. The subject can be studied on its own or combined with many others including languages and sciences and can be a career path into a wide variety of job opportunities. Future job opportunities include management in a variety of fields, accountancy and economics.


GEOGRAPHY HIGHER What will I do and what will I learn? Higher Geography further develops several of the topics covered in Standard Grade. During the Higher course you will gain a better understanding of the Physical Environment, the Human Environment and Environment Interactions. The topics you will study are: Physical – Atmosphere, Hydrosphere, Lithosphere and Biosphere. Human – Population, Rural Studies, Industry and Urban Geography. Environment – Rural Land Resources, Rural Land Degradation, River Basin Management, Urban Change and Management, European Regional Inequalities and Development and Health. Entry to the course: You are required to have passed both elements of the Standard Grade course at Credit level in S4. A pass in Intermediate 2 English will help you when writing essays. What will be expected of me? Independent study and cooperative learning are encouraged. Learners will gain skills in analysing and communicating complex geographical ideas using maps and other diagrams. Learners will also have the opportunity to develop and apply these skills during two fieldwork sessions. How will I be assessed? During the course of the year you will sit three Unit Assessments and a prelim of the same standard as the Higher exam. Your overall award will be based on the grade achieved in the external SQA exam that you will sit in May. The exam consists of two question papers – both papers are marked out of 100 My progression pathway Success in Higher Geography could lead to studying other Highers in the Social Subjects in the school, college, university or a range of careers including Planning, Cartography, Environmental Management, Public Sector and Geographical Information Systems (GIS).


HISTORY INTERMEDIATE 2 What will I do and what will I learn? Intermediate 2 History builds on several of the topics covered as part of the Standard Grade History course. There are three areas of study: From the Cradle to the Grave? Social Welfare in Britain 1890s – 1951, Germany 1815-1871 and Immigrants and Exiles: Scotland 1830s – 1930s Entry to the course: You should have a General level award in a Standard Grade Social Subject as well as a pass in Intermediate 1 or Intermediate 2 in English. Study of Intermediate 2 English is also recommended. What will be expected of me? You will be expected to do some additional reading and independent study outside of class time. How will I be assessed? You must pass a Unit Assessment for each unit of the course. These assessments cover both Enquiry Skills and Knowledge and Understanding style questions as in Standard Grade. You will also research and write a 20 mark extended response on a question of your choice from one of the topics covered. This is completed in one hour and sent to the SQA to be graded. There will also be a full prelim of the same standard as the final exam. The prelim/exam will be 1 hour 45 minutes, total 50 marks and consist of one 8 mark essay question plus Knowledge and Understanding (KU) and Enquiry Skills (ES) questions. My progression pathway Success in Intermediate 2 History could lead to studying Higher History or other Highers in the Social Subjects that are offered in school. It may also help with future study at Further or Higher Education or a career.


HISTORY HIGHER What will I do and what will I learn? Higher History builds on the several topics covered in the Standard Grade course. There are three topics studied; Britain 1850-1951, The Growth of Nationalism (Germany 1815-1939) and Special Topic: The Impact of the Great War, 1914-1928. Entry to the course You should have a Credit pass in a Social Subject for both Knowledge and Understanding and Enquiry Skills elements. Pupils should have an award in Intermediate 2 in English and be studying Higher English. What will be expected of me? Regular homework is given to reinforce class work. You will be expected to do extended reading on the topics covered, work independently in class and at home. How will I be assessed? You must pass a Unit Assessment for each unit of the course. The Unit Assessments for Britain and Germany are essay based and the one for The Great War is source based. You will also research and write a 30 mark extended essay on a topic of your choice from within the syllabus. There will also be a full prelim of the same standard as the final exam. The final exam consists of two essays and a source paper. Essay writing accounts for 70% of the final grade for Higher History. My progression pathway Success in Higher History could lead to studying Advanced Higher or other Highers in the Social Subjects that are offered in school, Further Education, Higher Education or a career. History develops your ability to work independently. You will be able to take effective notes, summarise large bodies of text and successfully argue a case. This is particularly useful if you wish to study Social Science or Arts subjects at university.


HISTORY ADVANCED HIGHER What will I do and what will I learn? Advanced Higher History builds on one of the topics covered in the Higher course, Germany: Versailles to the Outbreak of World War Two. You will further develop skills of analysing issues, developments and events, drawing conclusions and evaluating sources. You will get the opportunity to integrate these skills in an extended piece of individual research. Entry to the course Entry to the course recommends an A or B award in Higher History as well as an award in Higher English at C or above. What will be expected of me? The coursework is largely based on essay writing. There is an exam at the end of the course as well as a 4000 word dissertation the title of which must be drawn from the topic you are studying in class. A mature attitude and keen interest in this period of history are most important. You will be encouraged to take responsibility for your own learning and must be able to work independently as much of the research will be completed outside of class time. How will I be assessed? During the course of the year you will do lots of practice questions, sit two Unit Assessments and a prelim of the same standard as the final Advanced Higher exam. Your overall award will be based on an SQA exam that you will sit in May. It is made up of one paper consisting of two parts. In Part 1 you will be required to answer two essay questions (50 marks) on Germany: Versailles to the outbreak of World War Two. Part 2 is a source based paper related to the topic studied (40 marks). The dissertation (50 marks) will be submitted to the SQA for grading. My progression pathway Success in Advanced Higher History could lead to studying History, Journalism, or Law at university.


MODERN STUDIES HIGHER What will I do and what will I learn? Higher Modern Studies further develops several of the topics covered in Standard Grade. During the Higher course you will gain a better understanding of modern British society, the ways decisions are reached that will affect your daily life, how you as a citizen can influence important events and some of the issues facing the wider world today. The four topics you will study are: Political Issues in the UK: Voting Systems and Voting Behaviour, Social Issues in the UK: Health & Wealth, International Issues: the European Union and Global Security (NATO & UN). Entry to the course: A Credit pass in both elements of Standard Grade Modern Studies or another Social Subject is desirable. A pass in Intermediate 2 English will help you to express yourself clearly in your essays. What will be expected of me? The coursework is largely based on essay writing. A mature attitude and keen interest in current events are most important. How will I be assessed? During the course of the year you will do lots of practice questions and sit three Unit Assessments as well as a prelim of the same standard as the Higher exam. Your overall award will be based entirely on an SQA exam that you will sit in May. It is made up of two papers. Paper 1 requires you to write four 15 mark essays (60 marks) while Paper 2 requires you to complete a decision making exercise based around a Health & Wealth issue in the UK. (30marks). My progression pathway Success in Higher Modern Studies could lead to studying Advanced Higher or other Highers in Social Subjects in the school, college, university or a range of careers including law, the public services and the media.


SOCIAL STUDIES MODERN STUDIES ADVANCED HIGHER What will I do and what will I learn? Advanced Higher Modern Studies further develops the knowledge and understanding of a specific Modern Studies topic. You learn about the importance of using sound evidence, be able to critically evaluate a variety of political and social science research methods, carry out independent research to develop your investigative skills. The Political and Social Issues Unit you will study is Study Theme 2: Law and Order and Research Methods. Within the topic you will study: Rights and Responsibilities in relation to Law and Order, Penal Systems and Research Methods. Entry to the course: An ‘A or B’ pass at Higher Modern Studies is essential as well as an award in Higher English. What will be expected of me? The coursework is largely based on essay writing. As well as a final exam, there is a 5000 word dissertation the title of which must be drawn from the Study Theme you are studying in class. Having an award in Higher English will help you to express yourself clearly in both your essays and your dissertation. A mature attitude and keen interest in current events are most important. You will be encouraged to take responsibility for your own learning and must be able to work independently as much of the research will be completed on your own. You are encouraged to attend lectures and visits to further your understanding of the coursework. How will I be assessed? During the course of the year you will do practice essay questions and sit two Unit Assessments and a prelim of the same standard as the final Advanced Higher exam. Your final grade will be based on an SQA exam that you will sit in May as well as a dissertation. In the first section of the exam you will answer two essay questions (60 marks) which cover your knowledge and understanding of the Law and Order Study Theme. In the second part there are two compulsory research methods questions (30 marks). The dissertation (45 marks) will be submitted to the SQA for grading. My progression pathway Success in Advanced Higher Modern Studies could lead to studying Law, Politics, Sociology, Criminology or Journalism at university.


PSYCHOLOGY HIGHER What will I do and what will I learn? Psychology is the study of the mind and therefore the scientific study of the behaviour of individuals and their mental processes. The course arrangements acknowledge the popularity of this subject and the course aims to meet this interest. The course requires you to develop knowledge and understanding of a range of key topics such as attachment, memory, stress, atypical behaviour and social pressure. In addition to knowledge and understanding you will also be required to develop skills of analysis, interpretation and evaluation i.e. you will be encouraged to reflect that far from offering simple answers, psychologists may interpret any given aspect of human behaviour in a variety of ways. Entry to the course: If you are considering this subject you must be in S6 and should have already gained a Higher pass or are studying for English at Higher level. What will be expected of me? The course is demanding and you will be expected to read, learn and analyse information, complete short and extended questions on a daily basis both in class and at home. It is important that you are aware that you are beginning this course with no previous preparation in lower school. How will I be assessed? You will need to complete three internal assessments. In addition there is also a Research Investigation which is externally marked by SQA worth 20% of your final grade. The third part of the assessment will be a 2hours 30 minutes exam of essay style questions. My progression pathway The course has been designed to provide an appropriate link with Psychology units in the Higher National Certificate in Social Sciences. It is a qualification recognised by Higher Education for University entrance.


SOCIOLOGY HIGHER What will I do and what will I learn? Psychology is the study of the mind and therefore the scientific study of the behaviour of individuals and their mental processes. The course arrangements acknowledge the popularity of this subject and the course aims to meet this interest. The course requires you to develop knowledge and understanding of a range of key topics such as attachment, memory, stress, atypical behaviour and social pressure. In addition to knowledge and understanding you will also be required to develop skills of analysis, interpretation and evaluation i.e. you will be encouraged to reflect that far from offering simple answers, psychologists may interpret any given aspect of human behaviour in a variety of ways. Entry to the course: If you are considering this subject you must be in S6 and should have already gained a Higher pass or are studying for English at Higher level. What will be expected of me? The course is demanding and you will be expected to read, learn and analyse information, complete short and extended questions on a daily basis both in class and at home. It is important that you are aware that you are beginning this course with no previous preparation in lower school. How will I be assessed? You will need to complete three internal assessments. In addition there is also a Research Investigation which is externally marked by SQA worth 20% of your final grade. The third part of the assessment will be a 2hours 30 minutes exam of essay style questions. My progression pathway The course has been designed to provide an appropriate link with Psychology units in the Higher National Certificate in Social Sciences. It is a qualification recognised by Higher Education for University entrance.


SOCIAL SCIENCES BACCALAUREATE What will I do and what will I learn? The Social Sciences Baccalaureate incorporates Social Subjects and/or Business. Qualification in these disciplines will provide students with opportunities to develop level transferable skills, so they are likely to be important contributors to the Scottish economy. Entry to the course: An A or B grade in at least one Social Subject is strongly recommended as well as an A or B grade at Higher English which will help you to express yourself clearly in both your essays and your dissertation. What will be expected of me? The structure is as follows: • Interdisciplinary Project at Advanced Higher • 2 Courses at Advanced Higher • 1 Course at Higher Advanced Highers are offered in: History, Modern Studies Highers are offered in: Business Management, Geography, History, Modern Studies, Psychology, Sociology and RMPS A mature attitude and good writing skills are most important. You will be encouraged to take responsibility for your own learning and must be able to work independently as much of the research will be completed outside of class time. Links will be made to several outside agencies such as colleges and/or universities. How will I be assessed? See individual subject entries for further details. My progression pathway Success in the Social Science Baccalaureate will allow further study at university level.


CARE HIGHER What will I do and what will I learn? The course is particularly suited to those wanting to pursue a career in the health profession, social care, teaching and those wishing to study Social Sciences, Psychology and Sociology at University. This is a demanding and interesting course. If you have ever wondered why people act or behave in a certain way then this is the course for you! The course provides knowledge, understanding and skills to enable a candidate to recognise the role of sociology and psychology in understanding human behaviour in a care context. Entry to the course: You should be studying Higher English, or have already achieved an award at this level. What will be expected of me? If you are currently studying, or have already studied Psychology or Sociology then this will be an advantage in this course. Homework will be completed weekly. How will I be assessed? You will complete 3 units: • Sociology • Psychology • Values and Principles • All of these are focused towards a Care context. You will internally complete three Unit Assessments and sit a demanding external assessment set by SQA at the end of the course. My progression pathway University/Further Education (any subject, but particularly suited to social science degrees, social work, teaching and health sector qualifications) Careers in social work, education, social sciences and the health sector.


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COMPUTING INTERMEDIATE 2 What will I do and what will I learn? You will develop knowledge and understanding of computing concepts and practical skills in the use of computing hardware and software. The course is split into 3 units: • Computer Systems – develops knowledge and understanding of the purpose of computer systems and how they work. It also develops practical skills related to computer systems to solve problems • Software Development - develops knowledge and understanding of software development and develops practical skills in software development through the use of a high level language within an appropriate software development environment to create short computer programs • Multimedia Technology – develops knowledge and understanding of the principles of technology used in multimedia and develops practical skills in the capture, creation and storage of multimedia data through the use of contemporary hardware and software Entry to the course: You should have achieved an award at Computing Studies Intermediate 1 or an award in Intermediate 2 Information Systems. What will be expected of me? You will be expected to work hard, make sure all computer work is done and theory booklets and homework are completed and handed in on time. You will be expected to use the computer in an appropriate manner and only access software for the use of a task. How will I be assessed? There are internal and external elements of assessment and you must pass all three units to gain a course award. • Outcome 1 tests your knowledge and understanding of the topic. • Outcome 2 requires you to prepare a folio of evidence to demonstrate your practical ability. You will have to complete a project which is worth 30% of the overall course. You will sit an exam lasting 1½ hours at the end of the course. My progression pathway If you want to continue your education in this subject you can go on to study Information Systems at Higher level and Advanced Higher levels


COMPUTING HIGHER What will I do and what will I learn? You will develop knowledge and understanding of computing concepts and practical skills in the use of computing hardware and software. The course is split into 3 units: • Computer Systems – develops knowledge and understanding of the purpose of computer systems and how they work • Software Development – develops knowledge and understanding of software development and develops practical skills in software development through the use of a high language within an appropriate software development environment to create computer programs • Multimedia Technology – develops knowledge and understanding of the principles of technology used in multimedia and develops practical skills in the capture, creation and storage of multimedia data through the use of contemporary hardware and software Entry to the course: You should have achieved an award at Computing Studies Intermediate 2 or an award in Higher Information Systems. What will be expected of me? You will be expected to work hard, make sure all computer work is done and theory booklets and homework are completed and handed in on time. You will be expected to use the computer in an appropriate manner and only access software for the use of a task How will I be assessed? There are internal and external elements of assessment and you must pass all three units to gain a course award. • Outcome 1 tests your knowledge and understanding of the topic. • Outcome 2 requires you to prepare a folio of evidence to demonstrate your practical ability. You will have to complete a project which is worth 30% of the overall course. You will sit an exam lasting 2½ hours at the end of the course. My progression pathway If you want to continue your education in this subject you can go on to study Computing at Advanced Higher levels.


INFORMATION SYSTEMS INTERMEDIATE 2 What will I do and what will I learn? The aims of the course are to develop your knowledge and understanding of information systems and apply your skills to design and implement a range of information systems. You will learn how to use computers in a wide variety of areas. • Using Information – learning about the principles, features and purpose of information and the systems used to create, store, process, manipulate and retrieve information. • Database Systems – learning about the principles of database systems and their design and learning how to solve problems through the use of contemporary databases. • Applied Multimedia – learning about the process for developing software, designing, creating and testing a multimedia information system. Entry to the course: You should have achieved an award at Computing Studies Intermediate 1. What will be expected of me? You will be expected to work hard, make sure all computer work is done and theory booklets and homework are completed and handed in on time. You will be expected to use the computer in an appropriate manner and only access software for the use of a task. How will I be assessed? There are internal and external elements of assessment and you must pass all three units to gain a course award. Each unit has two assessments • Outcome 1 tests your knowledge and understanding of the topic • Outcome 2 requires you to prepare a folio of evidence to demonstrate your practical ability. You also have to complete a project which is worth 30% of the overall course. You will sit an exam lasting 1½ hours at the end of the course. My progression pathway If you want to continue your education in this subject you can go on to study Information Systems at Higher level and Advanced Higher levels


INFORMATION SYSTEMS HIGHER What will I do and what will I learn? The aims of the course are to develop your knowledge and understanding of information systems and apply your skills to design and implement a range of information systems. The course has three main areas of study: • Using Information – develops knowledge and understanding of the principles, features and purposes of information and the systems used to retrieve, create and manipulate information. This section also develops knowledge and understanding of the wide-ranging implications of the growing use of ICT within society. It provides an opportunity to develop practical skills in the use of contemporary information handling. • Relational Database Systems – develops knowledge and understanding of the principles of relational database systems and provides an opportunity to apply this knowledge to solve problems through the use of contemporary hardware and software. • Applied Multimedia – develops knowledge and understanding of the principles, features and purposes of multimedia applications and practical skills related to the development of multimedia applications through the use of contemporary hardware and software • Entry to the course: You should have achieved an award at Intermediate 2 Information Systems. What will be expected of me? You will be expected to complete all computer based exercises in order to compile a folio of evidence to demonstrate your practical abilities. You will be expected to complete regular graded homework exercises as well as study the topics covered in class. How will I be assessed? There are internal and external elements of assessment and you must pass all three units to gain a course award. Each unit has two assessments • Outcome 1 tests your knowledge and understanding of the topic • Outcome 2 requires you to prepare a folio of evidence to demonstrate your practical ability. You also have to complete a project which is worth 30% of the overall course. You will sit an exam lasting 2½ hours at the end of the course.

My progression pathway If you want to continue your education in this subject you can go on to study Information Systems at Advanced Higher level.


INFORMATION SYSTEMS ADVANCED HIGHER What will I do and what will I learn? The course aims to further develop your knowledge and understanding of information systems. The course has three main areas of study • Database Analysis and Design – develops knowledge and understanding of the stages in the systems analysis and design life cycle, including procedures used in system analysis, modeling techniques and methods used for database design. • Database Implementation and Testing – develops knowledge and understanding and practical skills in setting up, testing, writing documentation and evaluating databases • Online Databases – develops knowledge and understanding and practical skills in Internet developments, database connectivity, structured query language and application development using HTML and server side scripting Entry to the course: It is advised that you have achieved an A or B in Higher Information Systems. What will be expected of me? You will be expected to complete all computer based exercises in order to compile a folio of evidence to demonstrate your practical abilities. You will be expected to complete regular graded homework exercises as well as study the topics covered in class. How will I be assessed? There are internal and external elements of assessment and you must pass all three units to gain a course award. Each unit has two assessments • Outcome 1 tests your knowledge and understanding of the topic • Outcome 2 requires you to prepare a folio of evidence to demonstrate your practical ability. You also have to complete a project which is worth 40% of the overall course. You will work independently throughout the course to complete this database-related project worth 80 marks. You will sit an exam lasting 2½ hours at the end of the course. My progression pathway An award at Advanced Higher allows for a progression to further or higher education courses.


ENGINEERING CRAFT SKILLS INTERMEDIATE 1 / INTERMEDIATE 2 What will I do and what will I learn? The course is of a practical nature, is workshop-based and provides many skills which are appropriate to a wide range of applications. Students will develop skills in marking-out, cutting, shaping, machining and finishing materials. These skills are gained while operating equipment such as centre lathes, welding plant and thread cutting tools. Students will also utilize industrial standard measuring equipment (vernier callipers, height gauges and micrometers) while manufacturing projects with strict tolerance limits. Apart from giving an insight into industrial practice, such studies help with the development of selfconfidence, manual dexterity and control, perseverance, maturity and spatial awareness. Entry to the course: This course is open to learners with an interest in engineering particularly practical metalworking. What will be expected of me? You will be expected to work in a safe manner both individually and as part of a team. You will learn to operate industrial standard metal lathes, welding plant and heat treatment equipment. You will set up and demonstrate the correct use of precise measuring equipment while accurately manufacturing products from a ‘working drawing.’ How will I be assessed? There are three units and a course project which involve various methods of manufacture for assessment. Candidates will either be presented at Intermediate 1 or Intermediate 2 depending on the accuracy and quality of finish achieved on each assignment. i.e. The limits or tolerance they are capable of working to. There are short answer written tests based upon the course materials. My progression pathway The course would be beneficial to students who wish to pursue courses in engineering at University level as it gives a ‘hands on’ insight into the practicalities of theory based assignments. This course will be relevant to college courses in the manufacturing and engineering industries. This course would also be of interest to students hoping to follow a path in automotive engineering, mechanical or heating and ventilation careers.


GRAPHIC COMMUNICATION INTERMEDIATE 2 / HIGHER What will I do and what will I learn? The structure of the course reflects the use of graphics in business and industry, both in content and methodology, while embracing the changes brought about by the continuing advances in technology. You will learn to use many different graphic techniques which are relevant to various engineering/design/manufacturing industries. The course will develop your knowledge and skills in sketching and drawing every day items in orthographic and pictorial projection using both manual and computer-aided methods. Entry to the course: Higher - You should have achieved an award at Intermediate 2 Graphic Communication. Intermediate 2 - You should have achieved an award at Intermediate 1 Graphic Communication. What will be expected of me? You will be expected to work independently at home and in class on a folio based thematic presentation. This will run parallel with the main course and requires approximately nine months study. You will be expected to develop an understanding of the need for clear and accurate drawings and gain knowledge of relevant British Standards. You will need to acquire manual drawing instruments to help with home study. (The department may be able to help out here). How will I be assessed? Final Exam worth 70% (3 hours duration). Thematic presentation worth 30%. 1written assessment. 2 drawing unit assessments. 1 computer based unit assessment. My progression pathway University or college to study – Interior, landscape or computer aided design. The construction industry. The engineering industry.


GRAPHIC COMMUNICATION ADVANCED HIGHER What will I do and what will I learn? The course aims to allow candidates to develop both manual and computer graphic skills and understanding beyond those involved in Higher Graphic Communication. This will provide the candidate with an insight into the way in which information presented graphically is an integral part of communication throughout business and industry as well as in the consumer environment. Experience will be gained of evaluating the effectiveness of visual communication that will enable the candidate to apply principles of composition in the production of a computer produced presentation. Candidates undertaking this course will extend their knowledge and understanding of geometric constructions in the generation of orthographic drawings, 2-point measured perspective drawings, CAD, CAG and general visual literacy in an industrial and commercial context. Entry to the course: It is strongly recommended that you should have achieved an A or B award in Higher Graphic Communication. What will be expected of me? You will be expected to work independently at home and in class on the computer aided drawing element and computer aided graphic element. You will have already developed an understanding of the need for clear and accurate drawings and further enhance your knowledge of relevant British Standards. You would need to acquire manual drawing instruments to help with home study. (The department may be able to help out here). How will I be assessed? Final exam worth a third of the overall mark (3 hours duration) Computer aided graphics element worth one third. Computer aided drawing element worth one third. 1 written assessment 1 drawing unit assessment 1 computer based unit assessment My progression pathway University or college to study – Interior, landscape, architecture or computer aided design The construction industry. The engineering industry.


PRODUCT DESIGN INTERMEDIATE 2 / HIGHER What will I do and what will I learn? Students will explore the impact of design and technological activities in everyday life by considering all aspects from the design process through to manufacturing techniques, business models, marketing and branding. This course encourages pupils to think independently, plan and organise ideas, solve problems, develop creativity, effectively use new and existing knowledge to understand the impact of industry in our day to day lives. Candidates undertaking this course will be in a strong position to pursue further study in all areas of design and manufacturing. The course will also contribute to personal development, augmenting transferable skills which will be useful regardless of the career path followed. Entry to the course: It is recommended that you have an award in Intermediate 1 level Craft and Design, Graphic Communication or Art and Design for entry to Intermediate 2 level. What will be expected of me? A reasonable ability in sketching. You will be expected to work independently on folio work. You will be expected to complete 1 hour of homework each week. How will I be assessed? Final Exam worth 50% of total mark. Design assignment folio worth 50% of total mark (completed in class). 2 folio based Unit Assessments. 1 Test based Unit Assessments. My progression pathway University or college to study – Product Design, Manufacturing Engineering, Marketing, Engineering, Architecture, Business study. Engineering industry. Construction industry. Freelance Designer.


WOODWORKING SKILLS INTERMEDIATE 1 / INTERMEDIATE 2 What will I do and what will I learn? Produce a range of products using common hand tools, machines and processes whilst working in a safe environment with relevant materials. This course is suitable for a wide range of pupils who want to extend their practical skills. This may be pupils who wish to develop advanced practical skills as a route into further education or training. It may also include pupils who have been pursuing studies in other subjects, but who enjoyed practical work in the lower school and wish to come back in to the workshop and gain experience and skills that are useful and worthwhile in adult life. Entry to the course: This course is open to learners with an interest crafts particularly practical woodworking. What will be expected of me? Work in a safe manner to produce products to an accurate size from a working drawing. Learn to identify a range of tools and materials for a suitable process. Demonstrate the correct use of tools and machines in safe operation. How will I be assessed? There are four aspects to be considered in determining the grade of award at Intermediate 2 or Intermediate 1. • By accuracy of the finished artefact • The range of working practices demonstrated • The overall quality of the finished artefact • The degree of independence and the amount of practical assistance required My progression pathway The course could contribute to the knowledge, understanding and practical experience of pupils whose aspirations and abilities are towards practical activity in any capacity. The course also promotes the ability to learn a skill for life that will help young people go on to further study. Some pathways available to students of Woodworking Skills are show below. • College courses in the manufacturing and engineering industries • Construction Industry • Home Improvements/DIY • Manufacturing Industry • Engineering/Production • Trade Apprenticeships


RELIGIOUS EDUCATION


RMPS INTERMEDIATE 1/INTERMEDIATE 2/HIGHER What will I do and what will I learn? Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies, no matter at what level, has three topics: Christianity, Morality, and either Belief and Science or Existence of God. You will study, analyse and discuss key concepts in each topic, with class work and homework. There will be mixture of paired, group, class and individual activities The key skills to be mastered during this course are Knowledge & Understanding (KU) and Analysis & Evaluation (A/E) of each topic. You will learn basic information about Christianity and how different Christian beliefs affect their understanding of this world and how they live. You will also consider the Christian response to these challenges to their basic beliefs. You will examine how different people, from religious and secular backgrounds, make moral decisions and compare and contrast their views on Crime and Punishment (H, Int 2), including Capital Punishment, or Gender Issues (Int 2, Int 1). You will also study how Science challenges Christianity. Major scientific theories about the Universe, its formation and how life began are considered, as well as how these challenge the beliefs within Christianity Entry to the course: It is recommended that you have an award in Intermediate 2 English for study at Higher level. What will be expected of me? You will be expected to follow a set curriculum which will test your abilities in all three areas. You will be set homework tasks to check your knowledge and understanding and analysis and evaluation skills. The course aims to develop your reading, writing and critical thinking skills over various different topics as identified above. Ultimately, it will hopefully lead you to form opinions and values about the world you live in. How will I be assessed? You will be formally assessed in two ways: Unit Assessments, NABS, one for each topic covered – three in total, will be spread throughout the year. A prelim of a similar standard to the final exam will be sat. Your final grade will be determined by how well you do in the final SQA exam held in May/June. You will answer three sets of questions, a set for each topic covered. My progression pathway Intermediate 1/ 2 and Higher are structured exactly the same way, there are three units in every topic and three topics at each level. Anyone attaining one level can continue to the next level. As for those attaining Higher, there are several progression pathways. Many universities have found RMPS a useful subject, as candidates have an ability to view both sides of an issue and can weigh up or evaluate the arguments involved as well as developing critical thinking skills.


RETAIL


SKILLS FOR WORK: RETAIL INTERMEDIATE 2 What will I do and what will I learn? The aim of this course is to familiarize students with the skills necessary to progress in the retail industry. These include Communication, Team working, Customer Focus and Technical and IT skills. These are transferable skills and useful in any career pathway. You will learn how businesses operate and about the roles people play. You will learn the importance of customer focus, health and safety and correct merchandising. Entry to the course: There are no formal entry requirements. Good communication skills and an interest in Events Management are desirable. What will be expected of me? You will be expected to work in teams, sometimes as leader. You will organise an event within the school. You will take part in Work Experience. You will also have to complete a limited amount of paperwork. How will I be assessed? You will be assessed by your involvement in the organisation of the event and by your Work Experience. You will also have to complete some written assessments. Self evaluation is also very important. My progression pathway You will be ready to go into full time employment in the retail industry. You can continue to study Retail at College. This course will also provide you with employability skills that will benefit you in all career pathways.


St Margaret's Course Choice Booklet 2013/14