S3/S4 College Provision
The Flexible Curriculum
As part of the flexible curriculum the school offers a variety of college courses either one day per week or one afternoon per week. The College providers are Borders College in Galashiels and Northumberland College in Berwick. The students gain a certificate when they successfully complete a course and the details are –
- One day per week courses run at Borders College, Galashiels
- Beauty Therapy
- Taster Construction
- Motor Vehicle maintenance
- Fashion and Clothing
- One day per week run at Northumberland College, Berwick on Tweed
- Construction – a “hands on” course
- One afternoon per week - lecturers from Borders College.
- Microsoft Academy – an internationally recognised computing course.
- Rural Skills – “hands on” course which takes place on local farms, estates and stables.
The majority of these courses are geared to give the students an idea of what is involved in these trades / professions. The Borders College “Taster Construction” involves Plumbing, Bricklaying, Joinery and Painting and Decorating.
All the courses –
- give the students different experiences to allow them to make informed choices when they leave school.
- build confidence and foster self esteem as a result of the college experience.
- provide closer links between school, College and the world of work.
- benefit the students by the fact that the lecturers get to know them and that increases their chance of a College place.
- allow the students to gain certificates in that field.
- fit the “ACE” criteria for the new Scottish curriculum
As a developing aspect of the vocational curriculum, the school has set up work experience of one day per week for a small number of students.
Other vocational courses
Work experience of one day per week is set up for a small number of students.
The X-Stream group – runs on a Wednesday afternoon.
This course provides an opportunity for a small identified group to try new experiences and develop personal skills and interests as well as improve communication skills. This is achieved by taking part in and completing personal challenges and team building exercises.
Motor Bike course – we are hoping to run this basic motor bike maintenance course for a small number of pupils.
The school intends to develop the flexible curriculum to the best of its ability as the need arises.