Curriculum for Excellence

What is Curriculum for Excellence? 

Curriculum for Excellence aims to provide an improved, more flexible and enriched curriculum for all children and young people from 3 – 18.


The purpose of Curriculum for Excellence is encapsulated in the four capacities

to enable each child or young person to be a Successful Learner, a Confident Individual, a Responsible Citizen and an Effective Contributor.


What are the curriculum areas in Curriculum for Excellence?

There are eight curriculum areas:-

Expressive Arts                                                 Religious and Moral Education

Health and Well Being                                    Sciences

Languages (literacy)                                        Social Studies

Mathematics (numeracy)                             Technologies

Education Scotland CfE Curricular Areas Site

Learning is divided into two phases:

1. Broad General Education (BGE)

This phase is from Nursery to the end of Secondary School Year 3.
Learning is divided into levels.
The new levels are as follows:-                                                      

Early the pre-school years and P1 or later for some
First to the end of P4 but earlier or later for some
Second to the end of P7, but earlier or later for some
Third & Fourth S1-S3, but earlier for some


Education Scotland BGE Site

2. Senior Phase

This phase is from Secondary School Year 4 and beyond

Senior Phase S4-S6 and college or other means of study

Education Scotland Senior Phase Site

As part of the developing skills for learning, life and work, young people will be offered careers information advice and guidance to ensure they leave school and enter a positive post-school destination of higher education, further education, pre-employment training, employment (including modern apprenticeships), activity agreement or volunteering.

CfE Jargon Buster

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