S4/5 Parents Subject Choice Information Evening

S4/5 Parents Subject Choice Information Evening

S4/5 Parents Subject Choice Information Evening 7.00 pm Tuesday 6th March 2018 Welcome Qualification Framework SCQF Level 1/2 Curriculum for Excellence National 1/2 Previous Qualifications 3 National 3 Foundation S Grade Access 3 4 National 4 General S Grade Intermediate 1 SVQ1

5 National 5 Credit S Grade Intermediate 2 Modern Apprenticeship SVQ2 Higher Modern Apprenticeship Foundation Apprenticeship SVQ3 Advanced Higher Higher National Certificate Modern Apprenticeship SVQ3 6 7 Higher Advanced Higher Other equivalent awards Access 1 and 2

Assessmen t in the New Qualificatio ns In September 2016, Scottish Government announced changes to National Qualifications Unit assessments would be removed from courses at National 5: Session 2017-18 Higher: Session 2018-19 Advanced Higher: Session 201920 In each course, one or more of the following changes has been/will be made: Extension of the existing examination paper Extension or modification of the existing item of coursework Addition of a new examination paper

Addition of a new item of coursework S4 S6 The Senior Phase (S4 6 subjects English and Maths plus 4 others at N3, N4, N5.) S5 5 subjects at N3, N4, N5, H. S6 Minimum 4 subjects at N3, N4, N5, H, AH. Progression Routes For pupils the progression can be N4 > N5 > H > AH Some pupils may find upward progression is not automatic in some

subjects. There will be subjects you can start in S5 and S6 at N5 or Higher with no previous study. How to Choose What am I good at? What do I enjoy? What do I plan to do in S5 and S6 if I stay on? What career might I follow after school? How Not to Choose I like/dislike that teacher!

My friend is doing that so I will as well so I am in their class. My brother/sister/parent liked that subject. Advanced Higher or More Highers? We would advise pupils going into S6 to: Consider additional Higher courses as well as Advanced Highers. Consider 5 courses. Why? Universities can request additional Higher passes in different subjects rather than Advanced Higher in the same subject and 5 courses shows commitment. Offers? Offers are on what you are studying in S6.

Foundation Apprenticeships NESCol run all of them recognition of impact on school time We are offering 3 through Aberdeenshire Council partnership Creative and Digital Technology Children and Young People Engineering (over 2 years for S5 pupils) As with any other school-based choice, apply for it by indicating so on the choice form Suggested new model for FA Delivery and Possible Delivery Options for August 2019 FA to have parity of esteem with Higher subject choice offer and timetable as would

any other higher/SP course. Timetabled delivery in school to be the default delivery model for the Aberdeenshire Council FA offer One-year FA model in partnership working to allow schools to personalise their needs. (The Engineering FAs will be a two year model) What will it look like? Model Model 1 Timetabled delivery of FA in school by existing school staff Staffing for in-school delivery 0.2fte in to schools staffing budget Model 2 Timetabled delivery of FA in school by sub contracted external provider External Provider sub contracted to deliver in school. No cost to school Colleges NESCol, Moray,

Dundee & Angus Private Providers eg Aberlour Trust, Great Western, etc Universities RGU, Aberdeen Uni, UHI Virtual eg e-Sgoil Model 3 Timetabled delivery using virtual learning provider such as e-sgoil External Provider sub contracted to deliver in school. No cost to school

Generic Support Offer Work Placement Unit will source and support FA work placements Pastoral support provided SVQ assessors provided Transport costs paid A bank of teaching materials for all FA frameworks will be provided Work Placement Unit will source and support FA work placements Pastoral support provided SVQ assessors provided Transport costs paid A bank of teaching materials for all FA frameworks will be provided Work Placement Unit will source and support FA work placements Pastoral support provided SVQ assessors provided Transport costs paid A bank of teaching materials for all FA frameworks will be provided

Planning for the Future: Next Steps Automotive Maintenance & Repair Principles Level 2 (SCQF Level 5) - NESCol Need National 4 in Maths, English or a technical subject. Introduction to the Hair & Beauty Sector (VRQ Level 1 Diploma) NESCol Applicants are expected to have a minimum of three National 4 qualifications. Good communication and practical skills are required, with the ability to develop and learn essential skills. Students must want to become a beauty therapist, and be genuinely interested in the profession. Foundation Apprenticeship NESCol Mechanical Engineering SCQF Level 6

Planning for the Future: Next Steps This course is suited to school pupils who expect to continue at school until the end of S6 and who are on track to achieve passes in related National 5 awards in S4. Applicants should be expecting to achieve an A or B pass in N5 Maths and will be expected to work towards Higher Maths in S5 or S6. Pupils would benefit from studying Higher Physics during S5 or S6. Foundation Apprenticeship NESCol Social Services and Healthcare SCQF Level 6 The Foundation Apprenticeship from current S4 planning on continuing at school until the end of S6. Applicants should be expecting to achieve a pass in N5 English. Applicants should consider which Highers will be required alongside the

Foundation Apprenticeship to support future progression pathways. Higher Human Biology could support progression to Nursing studies. Planning for the Future: Next Steps HNC Childhood Practice NESCol Applicants should have two Highers (one of which must be English) and N5 Maths. HND Animal Care - SRUC Applicants must hold a minimum of two Highers (one of which should be Biology). 1week related work experience HND Textiles - NESCol Typical applicants will be

expected to have a minimum of two Higher passes - one of which should be Higher Art. Planning for the Future: Next Steps Medicine MBChB - University of Glasgow S5 academic entry requirements: No entry from S5. Minimum S5 academic entry requirements: AAAAA/AAAABB Standard S6 academic entry requirements: S6 Conditional Offers require applicants to achieve EITHER two Advanced Highers (one at Grade A and the other at Grade B) AND one Higher at Grade B OR three Advanced Highers at Grades BBB. There are no subject requirements for Advanced Highers in S6. Other mandatory requirements: Applicants are not considered for entry to Medicine from S5. Higher grades must include Chemistry AND Biology AND either Mathematics or Physics. It is acceptable to take Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics as Highers in S6, provided grades AAAAA or

AAAABB are achieved by S5. A minimum grade B would be required in any required Higher subject studied in S6. Advanced Highers are normally only considered from S6. Biology and Human Biology are NOT considered as separate subjects at Higher. English at National 5 level at Grade B or above. UCAT. Interview. Applicants who are successful at interview will be made Conditional Offers based on S6 results. Planning for the Future: Next Steps Chemical Engineering - MEng - Heriot Watt University Higher AAAB Maths and Chemistry required. Physics strongly advised at least at National 5. (This is minimum - more may be needed) Arts & Social Sciences MA - University of Aberdeen Higher AABB or BBB obtained at first sitting required or if obtained over two sittings must exceed this. English at National 5 is also required. Good performance in additional Highers /

Advanced Highers may be required to meet the conditions of a Standard Offer. For some degrees a specific subject is required, for example National 5 Mathematics needed for entry to many Accountancy, Economics, Finance and for Sport and exercise science. - Robert Gordon University Finding Out About Careers... www.planitplus.net www.myworldofwork.co.uk/ www.ucas.com College/University websites Finding Out About Courses School website. www.westhillacademy.aberdeenshire.sch.uk

The Choice Form.. Level National 3 National 4 National 5 Higher Advanced Higher Art and Design Art and Design Graphic Communication Practical Woodworking Art and Design Graphic Communication Practical Woodworking Art and Design Graphic Communication Art and Design Graphic Communication Practical Craft Some subjects do not currently have progression to Higher Administration and IT

Administration and IT Business Computing Science Administration and IT Accounting Business Management Computing Science English Accounting Business Management Computing Science Accounting Business Management Computing Science English English Health and Food Technology Hospitality: Practical Cookery Health and Food Technology Hospitality: Practical Cookery Health and Food Technology Hospitality: Practical Cookery Health and Food Technology

Geography History Modern Studies Geography History Modern Studies Geography History Modern Studies Geography History Modern Studies Geography History Modern Studies Physical Education Performance Development unit & Sports Leader Awards/Recreational Fitness will not be counted as a full course. Lifeskills Mathematics Mathematics Lifeskills Mathematics Mathematics Lifeskills Mathematics

Mathematics Mathematics with Mechanics* French Spanish French Spanish French Spanish French Spanish French Drama Music Drama Music Drama Music Drama Music Physical Education Physical Education Physical Education

Drama Music Physical Education Physical Education Performance Development unit & Sports Leader Awards/Recreational Fitness: this is given 2 periods but could be one by negotiation with Department/Guidance. Once selected pupils will choose whether to attempt one or both awards or take the course purely for recreation (Note: this does not count as one of a pupils four courses for S6) Biology Chemistry Physics Biology Chemistry Physics Biology Chemistry Physics Biology Chemistry Physics Biology Chemistry Physics How to Complete the Form S4 should choose 5 courses from the list

Put your choices in order of importance to YOU Make sure you put the level Consult your Guidance Teacher to ensure you make the best choices. Write a RESERVE choice in final box. Choice number Subject Leve l 1 English H 2 Maths H 3 Chemistry

H 4 Physics H 5 Graphic Communication H Computing Science H RESERVE CHOICE How to Complete the Form S5 should choose a minimum of 4 Choice Subject number courses from the 1 Maths list Put your choices in

2 Physics order of 3 Biology importance to Business 4 Management YOU 5 Make sure you put YASS (if wanted) the level Higher runs through Community Psychology RESERVE Consult your Education as an evening class and countsModern as a Studies CHOICE course. PutTeacher it as a choice. Guidance to However note that if the course does not run in August you will be asked to ensure make choose you an alternative

the best choices. The Open University's Young Applicants in Schools Write a RESERVE Scheme. (or YASS for short) Additional to courses. Put as 5th choice or note in the request box choice in final box. Level AH AH H H H Planning for the Future Choice for S5 English H Maths H for S5 Choice Chemistry English N5H Physics H H Geography

Graphic Communication H Art & Design H Biology H Accounts N5 Possible choice for S6 Maths AH Chemistry AH Business Management H Possible choice for S6 Modern Studies H English H Art & Design AH Accounts H Business Management H Exceptions Additional Support If a pupil is identified as needing additional support then this becomes one of the 5 or 4 choices. This applies to most pupils who have attended small groups with a Learning Support teacher in S3. Pupils should know if it applies to them. If anyone is unsure please contact Guidance Staff.

YASS Courses S6 These are units or courses offered to S6 by the Open University Offer different, specific areas of study. Demonstrate independent learning. Universities like them. More details at http://www.open.ac.uk/scotland/ study/young-applicants-schools Please Note It is hoped that we will be able to provide the majority

of pupils with their first four choices. However, we cannot guarantee that every combination of courses will be possible or that every course listed above will run. This will depend on the numbers opting for the course, timetabling and available subject specialist staffing. Key Dates

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