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Highers in S4

Just curious about this.

What is your school policy on Highers in S4, personally I wouldn't even have wanted to but I know about 5 people took Higher PE early, 4 took Higher French early, 1 took Chemistry and last year someone took English.
Original post by MLM99
Just curious about this.

What is your school policy on Highers in S4, personally I wouldn't even have wanted to but I know about 5 people took Higher PE early, 4 took Higher French early, 1 took Chemistry and last year someone took English.


A few people in the current S4 at my school are doing a higher...PE, music, French and Computing I think...It's small minority and sometimes (depending on the subject) they have to do a lot of persuasion, other subjects ask people if they want to do higher.
Some people in my school did French-it just depends on your ability in the subject.
Personally I wouldn't, I'd rather do all nat 5's one year, highers the following and the ah
There was never an option for us - only a couple people are taking more than the allocated 6 N5's here.
Reply 4
I know that a few S4s in my school do Highers if they are amazing at what they do and with a bit of persuasion. The Highers that S4s in my school that I heard can do are: Higher Drama, Music, PE and even Maths! As for Maths however, it is more uncommon to go straight into Higher compared to Drama, Music and PE at school.
Reply 5
Didn't know anyone who did highers in my school in S4.
I’ve known a few people who have done Higher Music in 4th year because they were already at such a high level. Another one I know people have done early is Modern Languages if it’s their first/second language and they’d like to sit the exam. I think it takes a bit of persuasion for the school, or in some schools it’s recommended because for example, if someone is extremely talented at music, they might as well be at the next level.
Reply 7
Forgot to mention, I know a girl at another school who is doing Higher Maths and Higher Music this year.

I think everyone I know doing Highers in S4 is near the top of that class and is going on to AH next year.
Reply 8
Original post by MLM99
Forgot to mention, I know a girl at another school who is doing Higher Maths and Higher Music this year.

I think everyone I know doing Highers in S4 is near the top of that class and is going on to AH next year.


They shouldn't be able to stop you doing subjects a year early if you demonstrate the sufficient knowledge.

I'm my experience all schools should let you do Highers in S4 if you show them that you have some or all of the knowledge required in the Higher course (through self-study)

Some school will let you do Highers in S4 if your knowledge of National 5 is exceptional and you and your teachers come to the mutual agreement that National 5s are not challenging enough for you


Hope this helps
Reply 9
I know someone doing advanced higher maths in S4!
Reply 10
Original post by e^iπ
They shouldn't be able to stop you doing subjects a year early if you demonstrate the sufficient knowledge.

I'm my experience all schools should let you do Highers in S4 if you show them that you have some or all of the knowledge required in the Higher course (through self-study)

Some school will let you do Highers in S4 if your knowledge of National 5 is exceptional and you and your teachers come to the mutual agreement that National 5s are not challenging enough for you


Hope this helps


I agree, my school does a pretty good job letting people do Highers when capable, although they didn't let the one doing Higher Chemistry start until S4 even though he finished N5 in S1.

Personally, I wouldn't to as 1. I was nowhere near capable at the start of this year and 2. A lot of unis actually dislike it as it means pupils aren't always taking the preferred amount of subjects in one year, the kid doing Chemistry in my year wants to apply for Medicine and because he has to sit 5 Highers or 4H and 1AH in S5 and 2 AH in S6 because he will do AH Chemistry this year he needs to crash Higher Physics (not that it will be a problem for him) so he can do the AH Physics in S6 to have the grades for Medicine.

Just seems overly complicated but I guess that's why it's for he exceptional kids
I know this was posted a while ago but just in case anyone is still wondering.

At my school you can take one higher in S4 if they deem you ready. Majority one year highers in my schools were humanities (I took modern studies) and a few were a language.
There was a boy at my school though who did advanced maths in S4 but that was more of a special case.
Was never even an option at my school
Me and my friend got offered to do Higher admin in S4 and we both accepted. We're the only one's in our year that was offered and we both accepted. We're both excited , but nervous at the same time. The good thing about it is that we'll know how it feels to take a higher before everyone, a down side is that we'll get less time than everyone else as we'll get 5 periods, and they [the S5/6's that are taking the class] will get 6.
Original post by username3779536
There was never an option for us - only a couple people are taking more than the allocated 6 N5's here.


I have to do 9 Nat 5's at my school and I think they might be pushing it to ten next year, so I'm lucky I'm doing higher next year.
Original post by MLM99
Just curious about this.

What is your school policy on Highers in S4, personally I wouldn't even have wanted to but I know about 5 people took Higher PE early, 4 took Higher French early, 1 took Chemistry and last year someone took English.

Me and another girl (both in S4) are doing Higher Art a year early. It's basically the same course, just assessed at a higher level.

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