Curriculum for Excellence

In response to the diverse range of potential Curriculum for Excellence learner journeys, Scottish universities are issuing Curriculum for Excellence Statements and Admissions Policies. A number of them have done this within the last few weeks. Below are links to all the statements/policies we are aware of. Each sets out the particular university’s expectations and how it will approach admissions for the different learner pathway, eg National 5s /by-passing National 5s, early presentation for Highers, Highers studied over 2 years, etc.

More universities have yet to make their admissions statements. Links will be added to the NPFS website when they become available: .

Glasgow University

Edinburgh University

Aberdeen University

St Andrews University

Abertay University

Glasgow Caledonian University


Aberdeen University Statement on Curriculum for Excellence

Aberdeen University has recently published a statement outlining its position with respect to Curriculum for Excellence, the Senior Phase and the new National Qualifications. You can access this by clicking on the link below.

curriculum for excellence statement

What is Curriculum for Excellence?

The national Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) programme has now been introduced. It has been developed to improve education for all children and young people and to put their needs at the heart of learning and teaching.
In Aberdeenshire we are committed to giving every child and young person the chance to realise their full potential and become successful, confident, responsible citizens who are able to contribute effectively to their learning community.

At the present time the Education, Learning and Leisure Service is working directly with Head Teachers and staff in schools and communities to make sure that children and young people in Aberdeenshire receive the best possible education at this time of change.  Curriculum Framework 3-18 for Aberdeenshire is in place to give clear guidance to schools and communities on the planning and delivery of a meaningful set of curriculum experiences and entitlements that will prepare Aberdeenshire learners for 21st  Century Scotland.

At Academy level we need to continue to develop close working relationships with parents as key partners in their children’s learning.

CfE Guide for Parents Nov 13

In December 2012, the Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee and the Director of the Service issued a letter to all parents and carers on the implementation of the curriculum for Excellence.

Implementation of Curriculum for Excellence – Dec 2012

Where can I find more information?

New short films on Curriculum for Excellence for parents have been published on the Engage for Education web site at:

The films illustrate, in nursery/primary/secondary learners’, parents’ and teachers’ own words, the kind of impact and benefits that CfE is having across the country.

There is also a wide range of on-line resources which parents, carers and
young people can access to learn more about Curriculum for Excellence.

National Qualifications:

Additional Support Needs:

Click here to download a copy of the Aberdeenshire Council information leaflet ‘What is Curriculum for Excellence’

Click on the link below to view the presentation on the Information Evening for parents of pupils moving up in the school and how to make the right choice of subjects:

S2 into S3 course choice booklet 2016 -2017

S2 into S3 Subject Choice Form 2016-2017

S2 into S3 Subject Choice Form Pg 2 – 2016-2017

S2 Parents Info Evening Presentation Jan 2016

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