The Scottish Baccalaureate in Expressive Arts
The Scottish Baccalaureate in Expressive Arts 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.
The Scottish Baccalaureate in Expressive Arts requires two, different eligible arts Courses, at least one of which must be at Advanced Higher level.
The mandatory components of the 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*) or Mathematics* (or Mathematics of Mechanics* or Statistics*) 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.
Candidates should be entered for both the Baccalaureate award and for the Interdisciplinary Project. The codes are as follows:
Expressive Arts Baccalaureate
Baccalaureate award – GE9X 47
Interdisciplinary Project – H187 47
Criteria for award of Pass and Distinction
Criteria for award of Distinction
The Scottish Baccalaureate in Expressive Arts 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 Baccalaureate in Expressive Arts.
Approval and Quality Assurance
Further information on approval is available in our Approval and Quality Assurance section.
Eligible Courses in the Expressive Arts Framework
Candidates may choose two core courses, or one core course and one broadening course from the following lists:
|Art and Design*||Design and Manufacture*|
|Dance||Fashion and Textile Technology|
|Music Technology||Physical Education*|
* 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.
SQA's course catalogue is kept under constant review. New courses may be added, or existing courses may be deleted or replaced
National Unit Specifications for the Interdisciplinary Project can be accessed by using the link below.
- Expressive Arts: Interdisciplinary Project National Unit Specification
Assessment Support Packs
Expressive Arts Assessment Support Pack
Section 10 - Templates for Candidates and Assessors in Word format
Video Case Studies
Expressive Arts Overview
New Exemplars and Commentaries from Session 2012/13
|Expressive Arts Exemplar 1 - Grade B (464 KB)||EV Commentary One (135 KB)|
|Expressive Arts Exemplar 2 - Grade A (304 KB)||EV Commentary Two (133 KB)|
|Expressive Arts Exemplar 3 - Grade A (475 KB)||EV Commentary Three (133 KB)|
|Expressive Arts Exemplar 4 - Grade C (395 KB)||EV Commentary Four (132 KB)|
Fictional Exemplars and Commentaries
|Expressive Arts Exemplar 1 - Grade A (384 KB)||EV Commentary One (230 KB)|
|Expressive Arts Exemplar 1 - Grade C (368 KB)|
|Expressive Arts Exemplar 2 - Grade A (304 KB)||EV Commentary Two Grade A (214 KB)|
|Expressive Arts Exemplar 2 - Grade C (271 KB)||EV Commentary Two Grade C (213 KB)|
|Expressive Arts Exemplar 3 - Grade A (284 KB)||EV Commentary Three (212 KB)|
|Expressive Arts Exemplar 3 - Grade B (194 KB)|