All learners are entitled to experience a senior phase where they can continue to develop the four capacities and achieve qualifications.

All young people in Scotland have an entitlement to a senior phase of education which:

  • provides specialisation, depth and rigour
  • prepares them well for achieving qualifications to the highest level of which they are capable
  • continues to develop skills for learning, skills for life and skills for work
  • continues to provide a range of activities which develop the four capacities
  • supports them to achieve a positive and sustained destination.

The senior phase, which takes place from S4 to S6 in schools and is the phase when the young person will build up a portfolio of qualifications. It is the stage of education at which the relationship between the curriculum and National Qualifications becomes of key significance. 

Learning in the Senior Phase

Senior Phase Partnership Programme