Introduction to Course Choice

Welcome to the Course Choice section of our website.  Within this area you will find information relating to personalisation and choice within the S3-S6 curriculum.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, we are conducting a digital course choice this session. 

A SWAY document will be emailed out to parents and carers detailing the course choice process.  This will contain a video produced by our Pupil Care and Support teachers and a link to the digital course choice form.  As we are unable to host a course choice evening this year, departments have created short videos to introduce you to the courses offered.  These should be viewed along with the course choice descriptors before our young people choose their course options.

Course Choice for Pupils Currently in S2

In S3, our young people will continue to receive a broad general education while also beginning to cover work for SCQF level 4 and 5 qualifications. Pupils will begin studying towards National qualifications in English, Mathematics, Scottish Studies, PE and six additional subjects picked from the course choice form.  Pupils will also participate in Social Education, Personal Support, and Religious and Moral Education.  The diagram below shows the number of periods allocated to each subject in S3.

During the course choice process in February 2022, S3 pupils will review their progress in certificate level courses and continue in to S4 with English, Mathematics, PE, and 4 of the subjects chosen in columns A-F in S3 (ie. pupils will reduce the number of SCQF Level 4/5 subjects from 10 to 8).  They will continue with Social Education, Personal Support, and Religious and Moral Education.  Pupils will also have the opportunity to participate in wider achievement, building on work carried out in S3 Personal Support.

The diagram below shows the number of periods allocated to each subject per week and the reduction in subjects as pupils move from S3 in to S4.


A list of subjects, along with course descriptors and short video presentations describing each course can be viewed on our website or by clicking directly on the links at the bottom of this page.  

Course Choice for Pupils Currently in S3

Pupils currently in S3 have already chosen their SCQF Level 4/5 subjects and will continue with all subjects in to S4.  The diagram below shows the number of periods allocated to each subject in both S3 and S4.

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In addition to subjects studied in school, S4 pupils can now pick up a Friday course offered by Dundee and Angus College.  These courses usually run at the D&A Arbroath Campus with transport to and from the college organised by Angus Council.  Course information for all college courses can be accessed using the link at the bottom of this page.

Course Choice for Pupils Currently in S4 and S5

A wide range of school and college courses are available to our young people as they move through S5 and S6.  These include National 4/5, Higher, and D&A College courses in S5/6 as well as Advanced Higher Courses and a range of wider achievement options for S6 pupils. 

Pupils in S5 are expected to select one subject from each of the timetable columns and may select an additional Friday college course.

Pupils in S6 are expected to select a minimum of 4 subjects from across the school and college course offer.

Pupils moving in to S5 or S6 may apply for a place at Future Skills College (FSC).  This is a full-time, one year, pre-apprenticeship pathway designed for students entering S5 and S6 in all Dundee City and all Angus Council secondary schools.  FSC seeks to secure student placements with local employers that could lead to full-time apprenticeship opportunities.  Subjects available for next session are Early Years (Gardyne Campus), Plumbing (Kingsway Campus), Electrical (Kingsway Campus), Joinery (Kingsway Campus).

Links to Course Choice Information

A quick guide to how different courses are graded by SCQF points.

A list of subjects found in the timetable columns for each year group.

A description of each SQA course offered in Monifieth High School.

Diagrams showing progression routes within each faculty.

A description of each course offered by Dundee and Angus College

A description of the Future Skills College option.

Subject Videos: Admininstration and IT               Design and Manufacture

Subject Videos: Engineering Science                   Human Biology

Subject Videos: Laboratory Science                     Practical Woodwork

Subject Videos: RMPS                                           Spanish

Produced by Skills Development Scotland and Parent Forum of Scotland, these documents are designed to help parents and carers when talking to young people about course choice and career options.