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Introduction to Course Choice for Session 2023 - 2024

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.

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 qualifications in English, Mathematics and six additional subjects picked from the course choice form.  Pupils will also participate in Social Education, Personal Support,  Religious and Moral Education and PE (core PE or School of Sport in rugby, netball or football). Scottish Studies will be taught as part of the English, History, Geography and RE courses. 

The diagram below shows the number of periods allocated to each subject in S3 and S4.  Scottish Studies units are embedded within S3 English, History, Geography and RE courses.

During the course choice process in February 2024, S3 pupils will review their progress in certificate level courses and continue in to S4 with English, Mathematics and 4 out of the 6 additional subjects chosen in S3.  They will continue with Social Education, Personal Support, Religious and Moral Education and PE.  Where subject choices allow, pupils will continue with Scottish Studies with the aim of achieving a pass at SCQF level 5.


A list of subjects available, along with course descriptors and short video presentations describing courses 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 begun studying towards 9 National 4/5 courses (including Scottish Studies).  They will continue to study English, Mathematics or Applications of Mathematics and 4 out of the additional SCQF subjects chosen in S3.  Where possible, pupils will also continue to work towards an SCQF level 5 qualification in Scottish Studies.  

In addition to subjects studied in school, pupils moving in to S4 can now pick up a Friday College 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 or using the dropdown menu at the top of the page. Pupils are expected to catch up on any school work which is missed.

In the course choice form, pupils will be asked to:

1. Identify the two SCQF subjects that are not being continued in to S4

2. Identify which college course, if any, that they would wish to study.

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 SCQF level 4, 5, 6 and 7 courses, D&A College courses on Monday/Wednesday afternoons or Friday mornings as well as 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.  Some SCQF level 7 Advanced Higher courses are offered by the Tayside Regional Improvement Collaborative (TRIC).  These courses are taught through online learning delivered by a Tayside secondary teacher.  More information about TRIC courses can be obtained by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page. 

Links to Course Choice Information

Monifieth Meets presentation on Applications of Mathematics and Mathematics

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 senior phase course offered by Dundee and Angus College

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. 

SWAY describing the Tayside Regional Improvement Collaborative virtual campus and their Advanced Higher offer for next session

Subject Videos: Admininstration and IT               Design and Manufacture

Subject Videos: Engineering Science                   Human Biology

Subject Videos: Laboratory Science                     Practical Woodwork

Subject Videos: RMPS                                           Spanish

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