Curriculum for Excellence

 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.

The 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.

Curriculum for Excellence and University Admission

In response to the diverse range of potential Curriculum for Excellence learner journeys, Scottish universities have issued 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.

Glasgow University

Edinburgh University

Aberdeen University

St Andrews University

Abertay University

Glasgow Caledonian University


Where can I find more information?


More information on the Curriculum for Excellence can be found at the Parentzone website:

National Qualifications:

Additional Support Needs:

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





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