By this time of year, all across Scotland, secondary school students will have chosen the subjects they are taking in the following academic year. My daughter will be in 'S5' (Secondary year 5, age 16/17) next year, when students study the subjects ('Highers') that will form the basis for their applications to Scottish universities. They then mostly, but not always, do one further year at school and either study a smaller number of subjects in greater depth, and with more independent study, or take new subjects at a lower level. Those not heading for university can leave school at age 16 and go into work or training - hopefully. But of course not always.
The photo shows my daughter's subject choice form for her Highers. You can perhaps just make out what she's chosen: English, NOT Maths (heavily scored out!), Italian, History, Modern Studies (post World War 2 social, political and economic issues, locally, nationally and internationally).
The Scottish secondary system moves in a pyramid fashion, with a very broad base of subjects studied in the first two years. From this 8 subjects are studied over 2 years for the first set of national public exams, which have two variants which I won't go into here, Standard Grades and Intermediate 2. Currently my daughter is taking English, History, Music, Italian, Maths, Biology, Business Management and French. She is dropping the last 4 after this year, taking the first 4 on to Higher, and adding Modern Studies as a 'crash' Higher, which will be done from a standing start. After Highers the system moves on to either 3 or (less usually) 4 Advanced Highers, and here my daughter is thinking of History, Music and Modern Studies.
It all goes so fast - how can she be at this stage already?