As part of Curriculum for Excellence, aspects of Scotland's education system, including qualifications, have being reviewed and SQA has developed new qualifications.

More information is available on the Senior Phase pages of our website.

Useful links

The following links aim to help parents and learners get to grips with the new qualifications. We have tried to gather modern languages related information, rather than general overviews.

Learner journeys - Modern Languages

A learner journey describes an individual learner’s successes, awards and qualifications as they progress through their learning. Ben was successful in his broad general education and was keen to develop in the area of modern languages. This example looks


New National Qualifications - Resources for Parents and Carers

Information page from SQA for parents. Includes links to specimen papers for National 5 and Higher as well as a handy downloadable guide to the new qualifications for parents and carers (scroll to the bottom of the page).


Nationals in a Nutshell (National Parent Forum of Scotland)

The National Parent Forum of Scotland has produced short, subject-specific guides for the new National 4 and National 5 qualifications. They give an overview of the skills learners will develop during the course, what learners should experience as part of



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