Academic Curriculum - St George's Upper School

A flexible academic secondary curriculum

Girls commence their secondary education in the second year of Lower School in Remove (P7). This is a year earlier than most schools in Scotland.

In Remove, Lower 4 and Upper 4 (P7-S2) girls receive a broad general secondary education. Towards the end of Upper 4 (S2) subject choices are made for the two years of Fifth Form (S3 and S4). Girls study for 9 GCSE qualifications which are examined at the end of the Upper 5 (S4) year.

In Sixth Form girls choose five subjects to study at Higher in Lower 6 (S5), with most studying three subjects or more in Upper 6 (S6) at Advanced Higher. 

Why we offer GCSEs followed by Scottish Highers

The two year GCSE programme in S3 and S4 (Y10 and Y11) provides academic depth and rigour. Girls develop a strong work ethic and GCSEs are an excellent preparation for Scottish Highers.

One year Scottish Higher and Advanced Higher examinations provide a high level of flexibility and choice. These qualifications are the gold standard for entry into Scottish Universities. They are well regarded and universally accepted as an entry qualification for English universities and throughout the world.  

Our applicants regularly receive attractive offers from top English universities based on the success of combining Highers and Advanced Highers

Find out more about our curriculum at the links below.

P7, S1 and S2 curriculum in Lower School (P7 and S1) and Upper School (S2)

GCSE courses (S3 and S4) in Upper School

Higher, Advanced Higher, A-Level courses (S5 and S6) in Sixth Form

Academic Developments in Science, Languagues and the Extended Project Qualification from August 2018 (Video)