Moving to Scotland, and don't know what to do!!!Watch
In Scotland we have 3 levels of exams you can take in your last 3 years of high school Nat 5s, Highers, Advanced Highers. Given you’ve taken GCSE the next step would probably be highers as nat5 is roughly equivalent to GCSE but does cover different areas and we have flexibility in our choices of what exams we take so you can take a range of exams at different levels in the same year. Unlike A levels 5 subjects are usually taken in S5(y12) so you have the option of not having to specialise quite so early.
GCSE = National 5
Highers = AS level (first year of A-level)
Advanced Highers = A2 level (second year of A-level)
In Scotland, high-performing students will take five Highers in S5, occasionally six. Then three Advanced Highers taken in S6. Very high-performing students can take on more.
In reality, most students do not take three Advanced Highers as many state schools do not have the resources to offer this, or students don’t want to. For instance, in S6 some students may only do one Advanced Higher alongside two Highers. For the majority of courses, Scottish unis do not require any Advanced Highers. Scottish unis generally make offers on the basis of your Higher exam results. However, English unis, especially competitive ones, require Advanced Highers.
I'm in year 11 in England. Moving to Scotland after finish GCSE's what do I do there? It seems astray and I cant grasp the system there and how to transition. What would be the possible paths from then. THANKS
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The girl I know taking 3 adv. highers is aspiring to be a vet.
I’m a ‘high-performing’ student (straight As at nat5 and higher) but I only take 2 advanced highers and 2 highers.
Your first step will be highers. You cannot take advanced highers in 5th year, and you will not be allowed to go straight to advanced highers anyway. GCSE does not prepare you for advanced highers, as they are a bigger step towards uni-level work (at adv higher you’ll write a dissertation, etc)
Most students take 4-5 highers in 5th year. I knew some who took 3 or less if they weren’t particularly smart or wanted to do something else like a college course. But most take 4 or 5 and a nat 5, but if your school lets you have free periods you might (at my school 5th years aren’t allowed free periods so I took 5 highers and a nat5)
Then in 6th year you’ll probably do 3-4 subjects.
I wanted to apply to UCL back in October but they wanted 3 adv highers from me and wouldn’t even consider my highers.
But unis like Leeds and Kent which I’ve applied to will consider highers and adv highers.