A 1+2 Approach

The Scottish Government’s policy aims to ensure that every child has the opportunity to learn an additional language from primary one, and a further additional language by primary five.

Senior Phase

I want to see language learning as a very entrenched part of our education system [...] Crucially I want to see that young people have the motivation to sustain that connection [with language learning] and to sustain it over a long period of time. That’s a priority that the government will be determined to take forward.

Interview with Deputy First Minister (2017)


Improving uptake in modern languages in the senior phase: Case studies and conversation day

Education Scotland, (2014)

Education Scotland has grouped together a number of case studies, identifying the key features common to modern languages departments, where languages are continuing to flourish beyond the Broad General Education (BGE). These highlight a variety of approaches to encourage uptake in the senior phase.

In order to support schools and key languages staff across local authorities in increasing uptake for languages post Broad General Education (BGE), various leaders of languages in this sector were invited to an Education Scotland conversation day to share their expertise on how they have managed to increase uptake in their departments, and maintain a positive trend. Their experiences have been brought together to produce this video resource which provides ideas for languages departments on increasing uptake, motivation and attainment amongst their learners.

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Overview of qualifications

Visit the Senior Phase section of our website for an overview of SQA qualifications.

This also includes a look at the Languages Baccalaureate and Modern Languages for Life and Work Award. You will also be able to find updates and answers to FAQs.

With the introduction of the 1+2 Approach, schools could consider offering the SQA Scottish Baccalaureate in Languages in its entirety, or elements of it, to S6 pupils. 

University of Strathclyde Education Scotland British Council Scotland The Scottish Government
SCILT - Scotlands National centre for Languages