The Scottish Baccalaureate in Social Sciences

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The Scottish Baccalaureate in Social Sciences 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.

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Key Dates 2014/15

Key dates for centres for session 2014/15 are:

  • Application for Approval (IP1 form) should be submitted by 26 September 2014
  • Candidate entries should be submitted by 7 November 2014
  • Results for the IP Unit should be submitted by 31 March 2015

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Mandatory Components

The Scottish Baccalaureate in Social Sciences requires two, different eligible social science Courses, at least one of which must be at Advanced Higher level.

The mandatory components of the Baccalaureate are:

Language Baccalaureate mandatory components
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 Applied Mathematics) 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.

Entry

Candidates should be entered for both the Baccalaureate award and for the Interdisciplinary Project. The codes are as follows:

Social Sciences Baccalaureate

Baccalaureate award – GE9W 47

Interdisciplinary Project – H186 47

Criteria for award of Pass and Distinction

Criteria for award of Distinction

The Scottish Baccalaureate in Social Sciences 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 Social Sciences.

Approval and Quality Assurance

Further information on approval is available in our Approval and Quality Assurancea> section

Eligible Courses in the Social Sciences Framework

Candidates may choose two core courses, or one core course and one broadening course from the following lists:

Core Courses

Broadening Courses

Classic Studies* Accounting*
Economics* Business Management*
Geography*  
History*  
Modern Studies*  
Philosophy  
Politics  
Psychology  
Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies*  
Sociology  

* Currently available at Advanced Higher level

SQA's course catalogue is kept under constant review. New courses may be added, or existing courses may be deleted or replaced

Arrangements

Unit Specification

National Unit Specifications for the Interdisciplinary Project can be accessed by using the link below.

Assessment Support Packs

Social Sciences ASP

Section 10 - Templates for Candidates and Assessors in Word format

Video Case Studies

Social Sciences Overview

 

Kathleen's Experience

 

Kirsten's Experience

 

Alex's Experience

 

Roslyn's Experience

 

Geira's Experience

 

Candidate Guide

Assessment Exemplars

New Exemplars and Commentaries from Session 2012/13

Exemplar Commentary
Social Sciences Exemplar 1 - Grade C (561 KB) EV Commentary One Grade C (138 KB)
Social Sciences Exemplar 2 - Grade C (412 KB) EV Commentary Two Grade C (136 KB)
Social Sciences Exemplar 3 - Grade A (460 KB) EV Commentary Three Grade A (136 KB)
Social Sciences Exemplar 4 - Grade A (504 KB) EV Commentary Four Grade A (135 KB)
Social Sciences Exemplar 5 - Grade A (501 KB) EV Commentary Five Grade A (137 KB)
Social Sciences Exemplar 6 - Grade A (529 KB) EV Commentary Six Grade A (136 KB)

Fictional Exemplars and Commentaries

Exemplar Commentary
Social Sciences Exemplar 1 - Grade A (270 KB) EV Commentary One Grade A (214 KB)
Social Sciences Exemplar 1 - Grade C (249 KB) EV Commentary One Grade C (214 KB)
Social Sciences Exemplar 2 - Grade A (460 KB) EV Commentary Two Grade A (218 KB)
Social Sciences Exemplar 2 - Grade C (262 KB) EV Commentary Two Grade C (216 KB)

Internal Assessment Report

2013 Internal Assessment Report (141 KB)