S5 Academic Overview

Choices For Your Future

Higher courses are significantly more demanding than those in S4.

Pupils at Morrison’s Academy study five academic courses in S5.

Heads of House consult closely with parents and offer pupils advice on the best subject choices for them; every effort is made to accommodate these choices.

When making decisions about subject choice, pupils should consider their aspirations for life beyond school and any specific subjects required for a university course or intended career.

The grades pupils receive at Higher tend to be what Scottish universities use to decide which students should be offered places. English universities are more likely to seek Advanced Higher qualifications for entry.

Course Structure

Pupils are presented for SQA examinations in May of S5 in each of their subjects.

Many subjects also include an element of coursework in the form of an assignment, portfolio or performance. The regulations for the preparation and writing up of these coursework elements are set by SQA and vary from subject to subject. Almost all are submitted to SQA for external marking.