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Colleges and Universities

Information for Colleges and Universities

Curriculum for Excellence is increasing learners' engagement in, and responsibility for, their own learning. This means that young people will be increasingly aware of their strengths, progress, next steps and overall achievements. We recognise the need to support the transition from school education on to Higher and Further Education and learners are developing the skills, knowledge and independence needed to succeed in higher and further education and beyond.

Colleges have a key role to play in working with schools to enrich the curriculum offered to learners and increasing the range of pathways available during the senior phase of a young person’s education. We are working with the College Development Network to increase understanding and support the implementation of Curriculum for Excellence in colleges and more information can be accessed here. The Network is supported by the Scottish Government to support staff development and progress towards implementation of CfE and supporting the delivery of NQs in the college sector.

We have been working closely with universities across Scotland and beyond to promote understanding of how Curriculum for Excellence has transformed teaching and learning in Scotland's schools and what they can expect from their prospective students. Our aspirations for young people align with the graduate attributes identified by the Higher Education sector, who have all issued positive statements about Curriculum for Excellence and their approach to admissions. Details of the statements can be accessed here. A sector wide statement from Universities Scotland can also be found here. We continue to engage with Universities Scotland, UCAS, HEA and QAA to ensure smooth transitions for learners progressing on to higher education.