We follow Curriculum for Excellence throughout our Junior School and this continues into Senior School, with the broad general education followed until the end of S2. At this stage pupils choose 8 Nationals (either at N4 or N5, with the majority gaining N5) and also complete an additional N4 in Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies during timetabled RE classes. Pupils study these N4/N5 subjects over S3 and S4, and sit the external SQA assessments at the end of S4.
In S5 pupils can study 5 subjects within the timetable, with the majority of pupils working towards 5 Highers. Courses chosen in S5 are studied over 1 year, with SQA assessments sat in May and June. Some pupils may opt for a mix of N5 and Higher courses instead. Scottish Highers remain the gold standard for entry to university north of the border. S6 is often seen as a year for further personal development and rounding.
In S6 pupils can opt for a mix of N5, Higher and Advanced Higher subjects, with the most able expected to complete 3 Advanced Highers, particularly if they are seeking entry to competitive courses at top universities. Again all of these are studied over the course of 1 year, with external SQA assessments taking place in May and June.
Within the Scottish qualifications framework (SCQF) Advanced Highers are Level 7, Highers are Level 6 and National 5 is Level 5. (https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/71374.html)