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Parents Guide to New Qualifications NEW!


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CfE Briefing (Broad General Education in the Secondary School)


CfE Parents Leaflet (SQA)


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CfE Learners Leaflet (SQA)


CfE Employers Leaflet (SQA)


CfE Timescale (SQA)

What is Curriculum for Excellence?


"Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) represents a different approach to learning in schools and in the way education is delivered in nursery, primary schools, secondary schools, colleges, the workplace and the community.

It takes a fresh approach to what, how and where young people learn. CfE aims to raise standards, improve knowledge and develop skills by providing a coherent, more flexible and enriched curriculum from 3 to 18.

Ultimately it aims to develop “four capacities” in young people which are: successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors and responsible citizens.

For more information on the background and benefits of CfE, visit www.curriculumforexcellencescotland.gov.uk."

SQA, 2011

What are the new qualifications?


New qualifications called National 4 and National 5 will be introduced.


These new qualifications will replace the current Standard Grade and Intermediate examinations.


Revisions will be made to the current Access, Higher and Advanced Higher qualifications.


The new National 4 and National 5 examinations will be introduced in 2013/14, as will the updated Access qualifications. The new Higher will follow in 2014/15 while the new Advanced Higher will be available from 2015/16.


For up-to-date information from the SQA regarding the forthcoming CfE examinations visit the web links or downloads sections on this page.

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31 May 2012

New Qualifications - May Update
Update for Parents and Carers

New Guide

A guide about the new qualifications is now available for parents and carers.

It is available to download from the dedicated section of our website – www.sqa.org.uk/cfeforparents

There is also a guide for young people at www.sqa.org.uk/cfeforyoungpeople and updated guides for teachers and employers.

On our website, you can find other useful resources such as our Mythbuster and Jargon buster.

Final documents for the new National 2 to Higher Courses are available.

The final documents will be used by teachers and lecturers to prepare to teach each new Course.

The documents are still of interest to parents and carers as they give information about the skills and knowledge young people will gain.

Use the subject drop-down menu on our website: www.sqa.org.uk/curriculumforexcellence to find the documents for each subject.

Education Scotland has also published a suite of practical advice and guidance to support practitioners in preparing for implementing key aspects of the new qualifications. See www.educationscotland.gov.uk/nq

Advanced Higher

The draft Course Specifications for the new Advanced Higher qualifications are now published.

Use the subject drop-down menu at www.sqa.org.uk/curriculumforexcellence to find the documents for each subject.

Find out more about Advanced Higher - www.sqa.org.uk/advancedhigher

We continue to seek your feedback on these documents as the qualifications are developed.

You can give your feedback via Have Your Say - www.sqa.org.uk/haveyoursay

The new Advanced Highers will be introduced in 2015/16.


SQA has developed new Awards for young people. These cover work from different subject areas and are shorter than traditional Courses. They recognise success across different levels of difficulty, meaning they’re suitable for young people of all abilities. They will be marked and assessed internally and do not have any external assessments or exams. The final documents for these are also now available – see www.sqa.org.uk/newawards

Next Steps

Assessment support

Specimen question papers and other assessment resources for National 2 to National 5 qualifications are being developed and will be available by April 2013.

Assessment materials for Higher will be published by April 2014.

CfE Events

To continue to support practitioners with the implementation of the new qualifications, SQA is hosting a further 10 Curriculum Area events in September 2012 to update teachers on the latest developments.

Between October 2012 and March 2013 we will host a series of subject-specific events, which every principal subject teacher will be invited to attend.

Our CfE Liaison team are continuing to support local events including those with parents: www.sqa.org.uk/cfeteam