Curriculum and Careers


Higher and Advanced Higher

A primary aim of the sixth year at Senior School is to maintain and further develop pupils’ academic performance. As such, they are required to study a combination of three Higher and Advanced Higher courses. Pupils are encouraged to embrace a new subject and open their horizons. In recent years, Psychology has proved popular and for session 2016-17 Higher PE has been introduced.

Independent study is a crucial skill and serves as invaluable preparation for university or college, therefore, additional study equalling the number of teacher-contact periods is encouraged in S6. In the past, pupils have also been permitted to study at the University of Glasgow Library.


Life Skills and Additional Courses

Once a week, all pupils attend a Life Skills course, covering topics relevant to the challenges which await them beyond school. Topics may include: Personal Statement Writing, Interview Technique, and C.V. Writing. In addition to Life Skills, a range of short courses will also be offered to S6 pupils during the course of the session. These may include basic cookery or a conversational language course.


Young Applicants in School Scheme (YASS)

It is possible that a small group of 6th Year Pupils may be offered the opportunity to undertake a YASS course. Run by the Open University, YASS is designed to bridge the gap between school and full time university study. Study can fit around school work and social life and encourages independent learning and builds confidence. Participation in YASS can help able and motivated students stand out from the crowd.


Post-Exam Timetable

On returning to school following study leave, pupils are invited to take part in a specially designed timetable of expeditions and experiences. The timetable is designed to be fun and informative – it also changes every year. In the past, pupils have attended presentations given by guest speakers on topics relevant to student life, trips to Edinburgh Zoo and M&D Leisure Park and competed in a Foot Golf Tournament.

“The most valuable part of sixth year for me has been the charity commitment. As one of the two people who originally pitched SAMH to our year group before the vote, I am entirely proud of every effort we have made to support this cause.”

S6 Pupil, 2016

“I think that having more independence with my studies has improved my ability to be self-reliant, and well organised.”

S6 Pupil, 2016


Pupils are given access to an extensive range of information to help make the difficult decision of choosing the right course and university. In both S5 and S6, pupils will also be assisted in securing work experience relevant to their subject choices and future career plans.

The school puts much effort into the preparation of applications for university places. Individual pupils are given as much support as is required to find and secure the right and best possible place within further education. Wellington boasts a prospectus library, which holds prospectuses from every university in the UK, as well as a wide range of reference material relating to specific careers.

The applications procedure causes many seniors understandable anxiety; Wellington provides a package of services to assist in this important process. Pupils are:

  • Given dispensation to take days off school to attend university Open Days.
  • Attend two Open Day visits arranged by the school: one to the University of Glasgow and the other to the University of Strathclyde.
  • Attend the Careers Scotland’s Higher/Further Education Fair.
  • Given an extensive presentation on the UCAS journey.
  • Receive a pupil Information Pack of Guidance Notes Attend personal interviews (parents are welcome to attend).
  • Receive tutoring to assist with application forms and interviews.

“Sixth Year brought lots more freedom – and responsibilities!”

S6 Pupil, 2016

“I am leaving with great memories and an unconditional offer to one of the best universities in the country. Wellington has well and truly prepared me for this next step!”

S6 Pupil, 2016