The Curriculum

The curriculum at Boroughmuir High School is founded and grounded on the government’s Curriculum for Excellence programme – a new philosophy and approach in Learning and Teaching with the aim of achieving the very best outcomes for all pupils in terms of attainment, achievement, skills development and a sustained quality positive destination in life after school. In Curriculum for Excellence there is a focus on the following [across all subjects]:—

  • Active Learning
  • Assessment is for Learning
  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Health & Well Being

The four capacities:—

  • Successful learners
  • Confident individuals
  • Responsible citizens
  • Effective contributors

All pupils in the junior phase of high school (the Broad General Education- BGE) will be involved in a curriculum which contains:—

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Social Subjects—Geography, History, Modern Studies
  • Modern Languages—French or German
  • Science
  • Physical Education
  • Religious and Moral Education
  • Expressive Arts—Drama/Media Studies, Art & Design and Music
  • Technology—CDT; ICT; Home Economics
  • Personal & Social Education

All subjects will include Skills for Life and interdisciplinary tasks. At all stages of the BGE pupils will be assessed on their attainment and their achievement in line with the 4 capacities. This will be monitored throughout the BGE and progress will be formally reported to parents once per year. Work between catchment Primary Schools and Boroughmuir will support the transition between P7 and S1.


Beyond the BGE pupils embark on the Senior Phase in which they work towards National Qualifications in S4, S5 and S6.


Find out more about Curriculum for Excellence 

C.F.E – The Broad General Education Explained

C.F.E. Senior Phase explained

National Qualifications

The SQA have recently added new information to their web site relating to the programme of National Qualifications. The link below provides a comprehensive outline of course content and course assessment as well as further information in many cases.

Within each subject page there are many links to other relevant information. For example the Mathematics page links to a course comparison page. This information is available for all subject areas.



Mathematics Course Comparison

National Qualifications Guide for Learners (SQA Document Published 2015)

National Qualifications Guide for Parents and Carers (SQA Document Published 2015)

Education Scotland Information

The Education Scotland ParentZone web site leads to many pages of support about the Curriculum and National Qualifications. The Nationals in a Nutshell series of information sheets give a clear overview of what National 4 and National 5 courses contain in terms of content and assessment.

Again the ParentZone area of the web site contains many links to other relevant information.


Parent Zone

Nationals in a nutshell

Study Support Materials from National Parent Forum

The National Parent Forum for Scotland website contains a wide range of useful support for parents.

Check out their Downloads page here for free copies of their “In a Nutshell” guides