Scots Language Award SCQF level 3, 4, 5 and 6

The Scots Language Award provides opportunities for learners to study the history and development of the Scots language. It also helps learners develop their ability to understand Scots and communicate in the Scots language.

This Award is available at SCQF levels 3, 4, 5 and 6.

The following document gives an overview of the Scots Language Award, including entry requirements, content and progression:

Why deliver this qualification

For those who use the language today, the study of Scots - including its history, development and contemporary use - will develop their ability to communicate, think critically and use their own language creatively. They will also gain a deeper insight into their own history and cultural heritage.

For those who do not already use the language, the study of Scots will enhance their understanding of how language works, and their ability to communicate and use language creatively. It will also enhance their understanding of Scotland's history, people and culture.

Who does this qualification suit

The Award may appeal to a wide range of learners who have an interest in language in general and/or a particular interest in the Scots Language, including:

  • S3 - S6 pupils in secondary schools
  • Students in Further Education establishments
  • Adult learners


The Scottish Studies Award may provide progression to:

  • English Courses or Units
  • Modern LanguagesCourse or Units
  • History Courses or Units
  • the Scottish Studies Award or its Units
  • training or employment


The Award will be auto-approved for secondary schools.

Centres with devolved authority may seek approval through their own internal approval process.

Centres that do not have devolved authority will need to come forward for approval and contact SQA's Business Development Team for guidance on completing the combined CA1/SA1 form.

Where can you take this course?

Qualification content and delivery tools

Information about the qualification(s)

Award Specification(s)

Information about delivery, assessment, quality assurance and support material

Qualification Verification Summary Reports

Unit Specifications

Award and Unit Support Notes

Award Support

Scots Language Award Support Notes levels 3-6 (702 KB)

Unit Support

Unit assessment support materials are available from our secure website. Teachers and lecturers can arrange access to these materials through their SQA Co-ordinator. The materials must be stored securely and treated as confidential.

Understanding Standards

Please note: Understanding Standards materials are regularly reviewed to ensure they remains up to date.

Examples of candidate evidence and commentaries for unit assessment can be found on the SQA Secure Site. You can access these through your SQA Coordinator.

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