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Senior Phase

Pupils enter the senior Phase of Curriculum for Excellence at the start of their fourth year of secondary school. During this year they will embark on their studies towards national qualifications.

As pupils come to the end of the Broad General Education phase in S3 they start to think about the subjects they wish to focus on in the senior phase and begin to select the subjects they will study and complete national qualifications in.

Pupils can still leave school when they turn 16 at the end of S4 or December of S5 (depending on date of birth), however, the vast majority of pupils now stay on in school and complete a 5th and 6th year. The senior phase is designed to offer greater flexibility for young people to achieve a variety of qualifications; schools work in partnership with colleges and other partners including employers to offer opportunities for young people to achieve.

Pupils can choose a flexible learning pathway that is designed to suit their career aspirations, skills and abilities. Qualifications include the following:

  • National Qualifications e.g. National 4, National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher
  • Skills for work qualifications
  • National Progression Awards
  • Foundation Apprenticeships (in partnership with colleges)
  • Higher National Certificates (in partnership with colleges)
  • Personal Development Awards
  • Employability awards
  • Wider Achievement Awards e.g. Duke of Edinburgh Award, Saltire Award, John Muir Award

In Beeslack Community High School pupils are timetabled together in what is called an aligned senior phase S4-6. This affords us the ability to timetable pupils according to their level of study and not their age.

This is our first year of an aligned senior phase and the table below illustrates the difference between the traditional structure of S4, 5 and 6 timetabled separately and the new aligned senior phase in Beeslack.

Traditional Model

Aligned Senior Phase

Year

Qualifications

Year

Qualification

S4

Typically 7 x Nat 5 for the majority

 

S4

Mixture of 6 qualifications at any level

 

S5

Typically 5 x Higher/Nat 5 for the majority

 

S5

Mixture of up to 6 qualifications at any level

 

S6

Typically 4 x Advanced Higher/Higher/Nat 5 for the majority

 

S6

Mixture of up to 6 qualifications at any level

 

Total

Maximum 16 Qualifications

Total

Maximum 18 Qualifications

 

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Beeslack Community High School
Edinburgh Road
Penicuik
Midlothian
EH26 0QF

Phone

01968 678 060

Email

beeslack.hs@midlothian.gov.uk