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Senior Phase and Senior Phase Courses


The Senior Phase

The overall purpose of the curriculum in Scotland is shown below and can be summed up as helping children and young people to become:

These are referred to as the “four capacities.”

The Senior Phase in Scottish Education runs from secondary 4 through the Secondary 6.  During this time pupils will specialise more and select courses which are accredited by the SQA.  These will usually be at National Level 3, 4 or 5, higher or Advanced Higher.

Descriptions of the content and assessment of these courses can be found by visiting the National Parent Forum of Scotland website and looking the Parents sections” on “Nationals in a Nutshell” and “Highers in a Nutshell.”

Literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing are still recognised as being particularly important – these areas are seen as being the ‘responsibility of all’ staff as within the BGE.

You can find out more about Curriculum for Excellence and the Senior Phase here.