S2 into S3


We hope you found the video above useful. The link to My World of Work is as follows:

My World of Work 




Video transcript:

BGE to Senior phase

The BGE runs from the age of 3 to the end of S3 and aims to equip young people with the breadth and depth of education to thrive in the future.


The curriculum followed from S1-S3 lays strong foundations and keeps options open for more specialised learning, qualifications and lifelong learning in the senior phase and beyond.


The senior phase is when National qualifications are taken. For those parents who are unsure what we mean when we say National qualifications please see the SCQF info tab on the website for clarification.


The courses in the senior phase generally run for 1 year at a time, and each pathway pupils will take will be personalised to their desired goals.


There are other offers in the senior phase also, such as NESCOL school links courses and Foundation apprenticeships.


Good choices in the options process

It is important to consider that young people gather information about their subject choice from a number of sources.


It is well known that parents and carers are the number 1 valued source of information, and this subject choice website is aimed to guide parents to provide clear information about subjects and pathways moving forward.


The My world of work website (a link will be below this video) will also help and is an extremely valuable resource for parents and pupils alike.


Discussions will take place in PSE classes and individually with pupils and their teachers (and pastoral care teachers) with regards to this process also.


Further to the options process all S3 pupils will take English for 4 periods, Maths for 4 periods, PE for 2 periods and RMPS/PSE for 1 period each as mandatory subjects.


All pupils will then choose at least one option from each of these curricular areas to maintain the principles of the Broad General Education stage.  (3 periods of each)


They are:

Modern Languages

Creative & Expressive Arts


Social Subjects



In addition to the core subjects and subjects from each curricular area I just identified pupils will also make one free choice from any curricular area (3 periods) and one choice from the 2 period column.


Some very important advice would be:

  1. Do not choose subjects because your friends are. They are not guaranteed to be in your class.

  2. Do not select a subject just because you like the teacher, as we cannot always guarantee that teacher will be yours in years to come.

  3. Consider what your senior phase may look like. Information about courses we run in the senior phase is available on this website and the pathways on each subject page are very important.

  4. Each subject overview page on the website has a My World of Work link on it that takes you to a subject choice toolkit. This toolkit allows you to add your subjects and look at potential career routes in the future.

  5. You will need to know your glow username and password for this process as options forms will be submitted online as a final step.

  6. There is a 2 week window for you to complete your options forms, whereby discussions with staff and parents is very important. 

  7. Finally, your pastoral care teacher will look at your over all options with you. It is important that you take the opportunity to outline the reasons for your choices if possible in the space provided. This allows me and the rest of SMT to allocate subjects as best as possible.


The options process:

  1. An options assembly will take place on Monday 24th February 2020. You will be given your options form in this assembly.

  2. You will be guided to use this website to help you make your decision. The website looks better in google chrome but has been set up for mobile use also. It demonstrates pathways for each faculty and also other options available to you.

  3. Speak to members of teaching staff around the school about your choices. You will need to have each subject signed off by a member of staff from the faculty you are wishing to go into, to show you have had the appropriate discussions.

  4. Take your form home and get it signed after discussion with your parents.

  5. Bring it back by the deadline and get it signed by pastoral care. DO NOT just leave it for pastoral care as you need to discuss your options.

  6. You will then be asked to submit your options online using the link in the ‘options forms’ page on this website. Make sure you click the correct link and that this is done by Friday 6th March 2020. Any late submissions will be added once we have allocated places to those who handed it in on time. There is no reward for early returns.

Click here for the S2 into S3 subject choice presentation

Meldrum Academy, Colpy Road, Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire, AB51 0NT