INTRODUCTION TO PATHWAYS
This guide is for you and your parents/carers and will help you when you are making some of the important decisions about your future at Kelso High School – and beyond.
This guide is not just about making subject choices but is also about helping you to consider the implications of whatever decisions you make. When you have to make decisions, do not just do what you would like to do, but also consider what is likely to have the best consequences for you.
You should set yourself challenging targets in the senior school and can only expect to achieve them by working hard.
You are the most important factor in determining if you will have a successful year in school
Being intelligent is only a small part of being successful. Do you work hard? How high is your self-esteem? Are you motivated? Are you willing to work with others?
Finding Out More about Courses
Before selecting a course you must carry out research to ensure that you fully understand what you are going to study, how hard it will be and how you will be assessed.
You also need to know why you are taking the course. Is it because it is an essential entry requirement for further study or employment because you enjoy the area of study and/or because you feel you have talents in this field? It might even be all three!
There are two important ways to gain information about the courses:
There is great demand for places on courses and as such, some subjects are over-subscribed. This situation is made even more difficult when students begin courses in June, and then change their minds when they receive their results in August.
Re-coursing such students can be difficult and procedures are in place for this – details will be made available nearer the time. Places that are allocated in June are not guaranteed and will be dependent on re-coursing.
WHAT DO I DO NEXT?
Look carefully at your course choice sheet.
Use the relevant course descriptors which can be found by clicking the appropriate link at the top of this page.
Remember, you are not alone in this. There are lots of people who are there to help you.