The Scottish Baccalaureate in Languages
The Scottish Baccalaureate in Languages has been designed to provide a challenging and rewarding experience for candidates in fifth and sixth year of secondary school.
It is based on a coherent group of subjects at Higher and Advanced Higher level with the addition of the Interdisciplinary Project, which offers added breadth and value and helps to equip the candidate with the generic skills, attitudes and confidence necessary to make the transition into Higher Education and/or employment.
SCILT, Scotland's national Centre for languages, is supporting SQA with the promotion and implementation of the Scottish Baccalaureate in Languages. Find out more.
Baccalaureates NewsKey Dates 2016/17
Key dates for centres for session 2016/17 are:
- Application for Approval (IP1 form (636 KB)) should be submitted by end of September 2016
- Understanding Standards event on 1 November 2016. More details and booking information can be found on the Understanding Standards page
- Candidate entries should be submitted by November 2016
- Results for the IP Unit should be submitted by 31 March 2017. All assessment and internal verification should be completed before the IP Unit result is submitted.
The Scottish Languages Baccalaureate requires two, different eligible modern or classical Language Courses, at least one of which must be at Advanced Higher level.
The mandatory components of the Language Baccalaureate are:
|Interdisciplinary Project Unit||Advanced Higher||SCQF level 7||(16 SCQF points)|
|2 eligible Courses||Advanced Higher||SCQF level 7||(64 SCQF points)|
|1 eligible Course||Higher||SCQF level 6||(24 SCQF points)|
One of the above Courses must be English (or ESOL or Gàidhlig*) and this may be at Higher or Advanced Higher level.
Components do not have to be completed in the same academic year, for example a Higher course completed in S5 can contribute.
The Interdisciplinary Project Unit will be graded A, B or C.
* Learners who have Gàidhlig as their first Language may count both English and Gàidhlig
Candidates should be entered for both the Baccalaureate award and for the Interdisciplinary Project. The codes are as follows:
Baccalaureate award – G9CW 47
Interdisciplinary Project – F784 47
Criteria for award of Pass and Distinction
Criteria for award of Distinction
The Scottish Languages Baccalaureate with Distinction will be awarded to candidates who achieve:
- Grade A in one Advanced Higher eligible Course
- Grade A in any other component
- Grade B or above in all other components
Criteria for award of Pass
Candidates who achieve at least Grade C in all mandatory components and who do not meet the criteria for Distinction will be awarded a Pass in the Scottish Languages Baccalaureate.
* Currently available at Advanced Higher level
Eligible courses have been updated in line with the Higher and Advanced Higher courses available from August 2015. Higher and Advanced Higher Courses that were previously available and contributed to the Scottish Baccalaureate award will still contribute.
Note: Candidates cannot count both Gaelic (Learners) and Gàidhlig in the Languages Baccalaureate. Only one of the following can count towards the Languages Baccalaureate: Cantonese or Mandarin (simplified) or Mandarin (Traditional)
SQA's course catalogue is kept under constant review. New courses may be added, or existing courses may be deleted or replaced
Approval and Quality Assurance
Further information on approval is available in our Approval and Quality Assurance section.
Arrangements document for the Scottish Baccalaureate in Languages can be accessed by using the following link:
National Unit Specifications for the Interdisciplinary Project can be accessed by using the link below.
Assessment Support Packs
The exemplars in Section 9 were written prior to the delivery of the Baccalaureate. You can now see real examples of candidates' Interdisciplinary Projects with External Verifier commentaries in the Exemplar section below.
Section 10 - Templates for Candidates and Assessors in Word format
New Exemplars and Commentaries from session 2011/12
|Languages Exemplar One (150 KB)||EV Commentary One (217 KB)|
|Languages Exemplar Two (249 KB)||EV Commentary Two (214 KB)|
|Languages Exemplar Three (129 KB)||EV Commentary Three (216 KB)|
|Languages Exemplar Four (to follow)|
|Languages Exemplar Five (142 KB)||EV Commentary Five (218 KB)|
Exemplars and Commentaries from session 2009/10 - please note that the templates have been revised and these exemplars are on old templates.
|Languages Exemplar One (2.14 MB)||EV Commentary One (213 KB)|
|Languages Exemplar Two (1.47 MB)||EV Commentary Two (215 KB)|
|Languages Exemplar Three (2.40 MB)||EV Commentary Three (216 KB)|
|Languages Exemplar Four (1.63 MB)||EV Commentary Four (216 KB)|
|Languages Exemplar Five (1.99 MB)||EV Commentary Five (214 KB)|
Video Case Studies
- Transcript of video (26 KB)
- Transcript of video (23 KB)
St Kentigern's Academy - model of working
- Transcript of video (24 KB)
2011 Case Studies
- Sgoil Lionacleit German and Gaelic Project (38 KB)
- East Ayrshire Schools' partnership with UWS (28 KB)
- Glasgow Schools Languages Partnership (42 KB)
Models of delivery
- Candidate Guide for Languages (59 KB)