Senior Options 2017/2018

Welcome to the 2018/2019 Senior Choices

On this page you will find all the information that you need to make positive choices in the senior phase.

This will allow you to progress with your learning, gain a portfolio of qualifications and ultimately equip you with the skills that you need to access a positive destination when you leave school.

Need more information? – Contact your Guidance Teacher at the school.

Part One - If you're new to course choices then the following documents might be useful to help improve your understanding of the Senior Phase (S4 – S6) and also to become more familiar with careers planning and our expectations for Home Learning.

We also offer a course choice information evening on Thursday 22nd February (starts at 7pm) where we can go over the course choice process in more detail and members of staff will be on hand to answer your questions. All families who have pupils currently in S3 will also be offered a 1:1 interview and anyone can request a 1:1 interview though their guidance teacher.

Background Information about the Senior Phase

Careers Planning

[More about KHS career support and how to book an appointment]

Expectations for Home Learning

As well as choosing a range of subjects there will still be some core education input that is available to everyone. This includes PE (S4), RMPS and Social Education.


Part Two - Many of you will just be interested in the different subject areas and the combination of subjects that you can take. At KHS we operate a six column timetable. Pupils in S4 and S5 are expected to take at least six subjects and pupils in S6 are expected to take at least five subjects.

The following documents with links to course descriptors will help you with your planning. Each of the course descriptors includes information on expected entry requirements. Click on the picture of the course choice sheet to explore the subjects by column. 

Please note there is a range of Distance Learning, Flexible Learning, College Learning & Work Based Learning opportunities to help compliment the traditional ‘column’ model.

Part Three – As well as the standard six column timetable. With our partners we also offer a range of alternative provision within the senior school.

This includes an option to go to college for a day a week, take higher courses via distance learning, opportunities for Foundation Apprenticeships (in Engineering) and a chance to gain university credit with UHI and / or the Open University.

There are also opportunities to a ‘leaving year’ timetable which involved certificated work experience.  The following document outlines the range of alternative options available at KHS.

Alternative KHS Learning Opportunities

UHI Inverness College: College Course for School Pupils Prospectus

What next? – Once you have had a chance to read all the information it will be time for you to decide your choices in S4 – S6. Every pupil in S4 – S6 has got an options form to complete.

This must be returned to your Guidance Teacher by Friday 10th March 2017. Those pupils interested in alternative provision or studying for Advanced Highers should indicate this in the space on the back for the form.


Need more information? – Contact your Guidance Teacher at the school.

Qualifications Guide for Parents - Nationals in a Nutshell

Scottish Qualifications Authority - Website

Download 2017 / 2018 Course Choice Form - Here