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Curriculum for Excellence in Scotland
Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) aims to achieve a transformation in education in Scotland by providing a coherent, more flexible and enriched curriculum, shaped around individual learners from 3 to 18 years. The methodology centres on deep learning and raising standards for all via the recognition and value of a range of qualifications and experiences. This aims to provide all learners with a smooth transition and equal access to HE regardless of their education pathway.
Clear information about all Scottish qualifications and other HE engagement material on the websites of HE providers, schools and colleges, is critical to the success of CfE. HE providers must be clear about what they expect from schools, particularly in relation to learners' numeracy and literacy skills, whilst schools and colleges must help HE providers to see how they are preparing learners for HE. Entry requirements should reflect the flexibility of CfE and demonstrate that they are open to admitting different types of student.
The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) website lists statements from HE providers regarding Curriculum for Excellence and HE admissions.
SPA’s National Expert Think Tank (NETT) on qualification reforms considered the challenges that curriculum and qualification reforms present to HE providers and to fair admissions in particular. The NETT considered the continued bedding in of CfE in Scotland and identified a number of useful resources for HE providers.