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About the 3-18 curriculum

​What is the curriculum?

Curriculum for Excellence is Scotland's curriculum for children and young people aged 3-18.
It's an approach designed to provide young people with the knowledge, skills and attributes they need for learning, life and work in the 21st century.

It aims to enable every child or young person to be a:

  • Successful learner
  • Confident individual
  • Responsible citizen
  • Effective contributor.

Stages and levels

The curriculum is broken into two broad stages:

The broad general education is divided into five curriculum levels (Early, First, Second, Third and Fourth) across eight curriculum areas.

Parent guides to the curriculum

Great learning in Scotland

This parent guide to the curriculum summarises some of the key ideas and approaches, such as personalisation and choice and the importance of literacy, numeracy and wellbeing. It was produced by the National Parent Forum of Scotland (NPFS)

PDF file: Great learning in Scotland (2.8 MB)

Frequently asked questions for parents

Find answers to questions you might have about the transition between broad general education and senior phase.

PDF file: Frequently asked questions for parents: Transition between Broad General Education and Senior Phase (606 KB)

Related links

Information on the background to Curriculum for Excellence and the benefits it brings to Scottish education.

PDF file: Curriculum for Excellence fact file - Background and benefits (360 KB)

A summary of the key features of the 3-18 curriculum and the terms used to describe these.

PDF file: Curriculum for Excellence fact file - Overview (465 KB)

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