TradFest Edinburgh— 26th April to 6th May 2018

TradFest Edinburgh is a multi-arts programme showcasing Scotland’s music, dance, storytelling and film, with a website available in English, Gaelic and Scots!

You can find out more about the events on offer- from ceilidhs to parades and poetry walks- by visiting the TradFest Edinburgh website at

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Oor Wullie: Guide Tae Scots Language

The Oor Wullie: Guide Tae Scots Language website is a National Library of Scotland resource which aims to make Scots accessible to primary pupils. The resource has been developed alongside teachers and mapped to the Curriculum for Excellence. On the website, pupils can learn Scots poems and songs, make an Oor Wullie comic strip story and listen to Scots words …

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Scots translation of the New Testament

It’s Christmas time, and the Scots Language Centre is marking the Advent season with a series of specially selected readings from the Scots translation of the New Testament. Find out more here

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Scots Language Career Long Professional Learning Event 7 February 2018

Are you interested in working in the Scots Language with your pupils, but not sure where to begin? The National Library of Scotland at Kelvin Hall in Glasgow will be hosting a CLPL event for teachers to highlight a new interactive resource which can be used in literacy, social subjects, and expressive arts …

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Scottish Music, Dance and Languages, January – February 2018

If you are interested in the music, dance, or language units of the Scottish Studies Award, you may enjoy the 2018 Celtic Connections festival. In addition to the concerts, the festival has ‘Come and Try’ workshops so you can have a go at playing instruments from the Accordion to the Ukulele! There are opportunities to try Step Dance, and families can …

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12 Inspirational Scots commemorated with plaques

12 Inspirational Scots are recognised through Historic Environment Scotland’s commemorative plaque scheme. Now in its fifth year, the scheme celebrates the life and work of significant Scots by highlighting the link between them and a building connected with their work. Check out the Scotsman’s article for this year’s list of 12 inspirational Scots.

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UCAS points for Awards at SCQF level 6

Good news, it was recently agreed that Awards and National Progression Awards (NPAs) at SCQF Level 6 would attract UCAS Tariff Points. The Scottish Studies Award at SCQF level 6 attracts 21 UCAS points and the Scots Language Award at SCQF level 6 attracts 14 UCAS points. Here is the link to the UCAS Tariff Tables:
See …

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Understanding Standards Event – 27 January 2016

Our US event for Scottish Studies was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow on 27th January 2016. Parallel events were held for Scots Language on the same day so delegates could go to either event or both.

Both events were well attended and we all enjoyed the opportunity to meet colleagues from schools around the country and hear about their individual approaches and experience.

The Verifiers had identified several examples of candidate evidence for each level which were used as illustrations of the different standards for SCQF Levels 3 to 6 inclusive. Verifiers Liz and Nicola talked delegates through the evidence, providing explanations and answering questions as part of workshop discussions as they went along. Because of time pressure it wasn’t possible to get through all the examples, however they will be made available together with their respective Verifier Commentaries in the form of Understanding Standards packs as soon as possible.

Our slides from the day will also be made available shortly and as soon as I have the links – hopefully in a few days from now – I’ll let you know.

Education Scotland Colleagues also attended the event and offered valuable information about the wealth of online resources they have accumulated for the Scottish Studies awards. Their presentation, which includes links to …

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New session 2015/16

Welcome back to the new academic session, everyone. We hope you managed to find some sun somewhere – there certainly didn’t seem to be much of it around this year until the new term started.

First, an approximate date for your diaries and something to look forward to – an Understanding Standards Event is being planned for Scottish Studies towards the end of January 2016. Details are still to be confirmed but we’ll let you have them as soon as we know what they are.

With regard to the Award and Unit Support Notes, these have now been made available on the open site and can be accessed via the Scottish Studies Award page under the heading ‘Qualification content and delivery tools’.  The Award Support Notes is the fourth item listed and the Support Notes for Units is the fifth.

As you may be aware, different types of information about each level of the Scottish Studies awards was drawn together in the Starter Packs used at the May event. Most of this information is available on the SQA web site but if you are not familiar with the whereabouts of different course documents and would like an electronic Pack with everything in one place, contact us and we’ll email it to you. The packs include Candidate Briefs and Checklists, Assessor checklists and general information and guidance – ideal if you are thinking about delivering any of the awards for …

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Papers from the Scottish Studies event on 18th May 2015

Hello Everyone,

This is just to let you know that papers from the Scottish Studies Support Network event on 18th May have now been uploaded to the SQA Scottish Studies web site here: (Scroll to the bottom of the SS Award page and find them under the last heading ‘Support Network Events’ – …

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