Sixth Year at the High School is a unique experience, providing our pupils with an exciting and challenging conclusion to school life, alongside a comprehensive preparation for the world beyond our walls.
With 23 Advanced Higher and 24 Higher options available, Sixth Year pupils are given extraordinary freedom to build a bespoke academic programme that allows them to pursue their passions and post-school ambitions. Classes in Sixth Year often operate in a similar way to university tutorials, with pupils supported in developing the independent study skills that will allow them to succeed in further education.
Sixth Year Modules
In addition to the core subjects, we offer up to 18 Sixth Year Module Courses in subjects such as Medical Ethics, Podcasting, Political Philosophy, Student Survival Cooking, Psychology and Mandarin. All Sixth Year pupils take at least one of these courses, with many choosing to take on multiple modules. In 2023, we are adding a new course, unique to the School, in Design and Entrepreneurship, that will connect our pupils with undergraduate students from a world-class university and experienced business leaders.
S6 Lecture Series
The Sixth Year lecture series provides an inspiring and thought-provoking conclusion to each week, with leading figures from academia, the media, charities, and the business world sharing insights on their journey. Over recent sessions, we have been privileged to hear from distinguished guests such as the Principal of the University of Glasgow, Sir Anton Muscatelli; BBC Sport Presenter, Hazel Irvine; Scottish novelist, Chris Brookmyre; leading tech entrepreneur, Chris van Der Kuyl CBE; and the CEO of the Scottish Refugee Council, Sabir Zazai OBE.
With people and community at the heart of our school ethos, all Sixth Year pupils are expected to participate in some form of voluntary work and, from Session 2023/24, this contribution will be recognised through the Saltire Award Scheme. Internal opportunities include:
Transitus S6 Paired Reading Scheme - All Transitus pupils are paired with a Sixth Year for weekly reading sessions in the Library, which bring a host of educational and social benefits for participants.
S6 Learning Buddies - Sixth Years pass on their passion for learning by assisting in junior classes, providing extra support and are wonderful role-models for our younger pupils.
Health and Wellbeing Representatives - Based in our Health and Wellbeing Centre, these Sixth Years work alongside our nurses to promote healthy lifestyles throughout the School, as well as taking charge of organising a range of events for our annual Health and Wellbeing Week.
Charities Committee - This S6 group meets regularly throughout the session to organise fundraising events for the entire School community. In recent years they have arranged a sleep-out for Social Bite, a ‘Battle of the Bands’ event for Children in Need, and a ‘Christmas Jumper Day’ for Save the Children, as well as participating in the Kiltwalk for Achieve More Scotland.
Clubs and Societies Leadership - We have over 20 clubs and societies running throughout the school each week, at lunch and after school, with many of these being led by members of Sixth Year. This allows pupils opportunities to grow in their organisation and communication skills, while also passing on their passion for an extra-curricular subject.
We also offer our Sixth Years the opportunity to work with a wonderful educational charity called the Voluntary Tutors Organisation (VTO), that provides support for primary school aged children who are experiencing challenges in their learning, through weekly homework clubs held at venues across Glasgow.
As they give back, our pupils gain much from these richly rewarding and character-shaping experiences.