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I’m currently nearing the end of year 10 but I’m moving to Glasgow. Idk what to do

Hello!
I’m almost done with year 10 in England but I’m moving to Scotland, specifically Glasgow, because my dad got a really good job offer. I tried reading about the curriculum but I’m really confused. I don’t get how many subjects we should choose as options and when I’ll actually sit the exams. I’m also confused about when I’ll go to college as in England, you finish your GCSEs then move on to college for 2 years and then university if u want to, but what about Scotland…what do you do after you sit the exams. I’m also worried about the differences in topics? Like i take geography but I’m pretty sure it’s not the same topics in Scotland. I also take Spanish, art, and health and social care along with English, maths, and science. I know I’ll have to sit the exams in S4 which is the grade I’ll be in but I don’t know how to study for them because the curriculums differ. I’m also in top set so does that make any difference? I’m sorry about asking a lot of question I’m just really stressing about this since i really wanna do good in my exams!!

Thank you in advance
I'll tell you about my school, but some are different. In Scotland you usually sit 6-8 x NAT5s in S4 (or a vocational college course), 5 x Highers in S5, then more Highers or Advanced Highers in S6. Different schools do different numbers of NAT5s, you will be limited to what your school allows. There is flexibility to do NAT5s in S5, do Highers over two years S5-S6, crash Highers in S6 etc and also some college courses you can do.

In S2 we had picked 9 subjects to study. In S4 we dropped to 7 subjects to study at NAT5 level. English, Maths and 5 others. The selection is usually limited by columns.

English - BrightRed Course Book (not the Study Guide) is really good for RUAE revision and will let you know how the course is structured.
Maths - TeeJay maths is good for practice questions.
Science - again BrightRed books are good for NAT5 and also let you know how the course is structured.
Geography - either BrightRed or Leckie books are good.

Do you know what school you are going to yet? It is possible they will have started the NAT5 content after easter break so you will have a bit of catching up to do, if you know the school they should be able to tell you if they started studying any English texts or which units they have covered in science etc and you can read up on during the summer.

In S5, assuming you did ok in your NAT5s, you drop 2 subjects and study 5 at Higher (or perhaps 3-4 Highers and a college course). You can also "crash" Highers that you haven't done before in S6.

Prelims (similar to mocks), are either late December or early January. Final exams late April-early June.

If you have specific questions let me know.
(edited 1 year ago)
BrightRed publishing

If you click on the link above it will take you to the Georgraphy BrightRed NAT5 book. Download the sample and the first pages are an overview of the Georgraphy NAT5 course. You can do similar for other books on the same site.
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Original post by BlackLab
I'll tell you about my school, but some are different. In Scotland you usually sit 6-8 x NAT5s in S4 (or a vocational college course), 5 x Highers in S5, then more Highers or Advanced Highers in S6. Different schools do different numbers of NAT5s, you will be limited to what your school allows. There is flexibility to do NAT5s in S5, do Highers over two years S5-S6, crash Highers in S6 etc and also some college courses you can do.

In S2 we had picked 9 subjects to study. In S4 we dropped to 7 subjects to study at NAT5 level. English, Maths and 5 others. The selection is usually limited by columns.

English - BrightRed Course Book (not the Study Guide) is really good for RUAE revision and will let you know how the course is structured.
Maths - TeeJay maths is good for practice questions.
Science - again BrightRed books are good for NAT5 and also let you know how the course is structured.
Geography - either BrightRed or Leckie books are good.

Do you know what school you are going to yet? It is possible they will have started the NAT5 content after easter break so you will have a bit of catching up to do, if you know the school they should be able to tell you if they started studying any English texts or which units they have covered in science etc and you can read up on during the summer.

In S5, assuming you did ok in your NAT5s, you drop 2 subjects and study 5 at Higher (or perhaps 3-4 Highers and a college course). You can also "crash" Highers that you haven't done before in S6.

Prelims (similar to mocks), are either late December or early January. Final exams late April-early June.

If you have specific questions let me know.


Thank you so much!!!!!!! This was really helpful and i cannot thank you enough! I still do not know what school i am going to be attending but I’ll be sure to do just as you said. Thank you a lot!

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