What is Curriculum for Excellence?

Curriculum for Excellence

The Curriculum for Excellence is Scotland’s national curriculum. It provides a coherentand inclusive curriculum from 3-18 years, wherever learning is taking place including: Early Childhood Centres, schools, colleges and community learning.

Learning and Teaching

From pre-school to the end of S3, pupils receive a broad general education, giving them the skills and experiences to become:

  • successful learners
  • confident individuals
  • responsible citizens
  • effective contributors in school, their community and in life.

These are known as the four capacities.

Learning experiences outside the classroom are also encouraged, helping to link lessons to real life.

Learners are provided with a broad, balanced set of experiences designed around the curriculum areas of:

  • Languages and Literacy
  • Mathematics and Numeracy
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Religious and Moral Education
  • Social Studies
  • Sciences
  • Technologies
  • Expressive Arts

The core curriculum consists of Literacy, Numeracy and Health and Wellbeing. These permeate and underpin learning in all other curricular areas. Attainment and achievement in these areas are regularly assessed and reviewed by the school to ensure standards are maintained or improved.

Senior Phase: S4 – S6 Curriculum

Those in the senior phase will have options to study that reflect their abilities and aspirations. These may include staying on at school, going to college, work or community- based learning and volunteering.

These options offer the opportunity to study for qualifications and enhance skills important to their success in learning, life and work.

In addition to new qualifications developed by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) which support the Curriculum for Excellence, young people can achieve qualifications from a wider range of providers such as ASDAN, John Muir, Duke of Edinburgh, Saltire Awards, Dynamic Youth Awards and Caledonian Awards

Learners are given opportunities to develop skills for learning, skills for life and skills for work with a continuous focus on:

  • Enterprise and Creativity
  • Citizenship and International Education
  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Sustainable Development
  • Digital Technology


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