Thinking Skills

Thinking Skills

This is the ability to develop the cognitive skills of remembering and identifying, understanding, applying, analysing, evaluating, and creating.

Here are a few suggestions for qualifications that have been identified as focusing directly on these skills.

National Qualifications supporting Thinking Skills

Music Technology National 4 SCQF level 4

Summary description

This Course one of a series; it enables learners to develop practical technical skills relating to music, and to use them creatively in a range of contexts.

Thinking Skills

  • Remembering
  • Understanding
  • Applying
  • Creating

Other SfLLW being developed

  • Health and wellbeing: Personal learning
  • Employability, enterprise and citizenship: Information and communication technology; Working with others

View Music Technology National 4 Course Specification

Hospitality: Practical Cake Craft National 5 SCQF level 5

Summary description

This Course is one of a series; it is about of baking and finishing cakes in hospitality-related contexts.

Thinking Skills

  • Understanding
  • Applying
  • Creating

Other SfLLW being developed

  • Numeracy: Money, time and measurement; Information handling
  • Employability enterprise and citizenship: Employability
  • Health and wellbeing: Physical wellbeing

View Hospitality: Practical Cake Craft National 5 Course Specification

Economics Higher SCQF level 6

Summary description

This Course is one of a series; it is about economics and its impact on our lives, both locally and globally.

Thinking skills

  • Remembering
  • Understanding
  • Applying
  • Analysing and evaluating

Other SfLLW being developed

  • Numeracy: Information handling
  • Literacy: Reading (to identify evidence to make reasoned and informed decisions) ; Writing (to communicate ideas, opinions and information)
  • Employability, enterprise and citizenship: Employability; Citizenship (and sustainable development)

View Economic Higher Course Specification


Qualifications supporting Thinking Skills

Core Skill Problem Solving Unit SCQF level 3 F3GD 09

Summary Description

This Unit is about solving simple routine problems in familiar every day settings. This Unit is available at other levels.

Thinking Skills and other SfLLW being developed

  • Critical thinking
  • Planning and organising
  • Reviewing and evaluating
  • Communication

View Unit Specification: Core Skill Unit Problem Solving SCQF Level F3GD 09 (136 KB)

Creative Thinking and Goal Setting Unit SCQF level 5 DV91 11

Summary Description

This Unit is aimed at developing creative thinking techniques and goal setting.

Thinking Skills and other SfLLW being developed

  • Creative thinking
  • Goal setting
  • Critical thinking, planning and organising, reviewing and evaluating

View Unit Specification: Creative Thinking and Goal Setting SCQF Level 5

Thinking Skills case studies

Read Thinking Skills case study (26 KB)

View Exemplification of skills - 'Carnoustie' on Education Scotland website.