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The Scottish Baccalaureate in Expressive Arts

Art class

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.

 

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Key Dates 2013/14

Key dates for centres for session 2013/14 are:

  • Application for Approval (IP1 form) should be submitted by 27 September 2013
  • Candidate entries should be submitted by 8 November 2013
  • Results for the IP Unit should be submitted by 31 March 2014

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Mandatory Components

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 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:

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 Assurancea> 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:

Core Courses

Broadening Courses

Art and Design* Graphic Communication*
Dance Practice Home Economics: Fashion and Textile Technology
Drama* Media Studies*
Music: Performance* Physical Education*
Music: Performance with Technology* Product Design
Photography  

* 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

Expressive Arts ASP

Section 10 - Templates for Candidates and Assessors in Word format

Video Case Studies

Expressive Arts Overview

 

Shona's Experience

 

Heather's Experience

 

Julia's Experience

 

Candidate Guide

Assessment Exemplars

New Exemplars and Commentaries from Session 2012/13

Exemplar Commentary
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

Exemplar Commentary
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)

 

Internal Assessment Report

2013 Internal Assessment Report (138 KB)