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:
- a broad general education, providing a rounded education from the early years until the end of S3
- a senior phase, which will include studying for qualifications (from S4-S6).
Parent guides to the curriculum
Nutshell guides for parents
Curriculum for Excellence - This nutshell from the National Parent Forum of Scotland provides information for parents on Curriculum for Excellence.
Senior Phase – Information from the National Parent Forum of Scotland on the senior phase of Curriculum for Excellence.
Learning pathways in the senior phase and beyond – A nutshell from the National Parent Forum of Scotland on a learner’s journey through education and learning.
Frequently asked questions for parents
Find answers to questions you might have about the transition between broad general education and senior phase.
Information on the background to Curriculum for Excellence and the benefits it brings to Scottish education.
A summary of the key features of the 3-18 curriculum and the terms used to describe these.