Senior Phase

Benefits of language learning in the senior phase.

Promoting uptake

"Personally, I think that languages are very important in education. Educating our young people in school to have an international outlook and to be comfortable operating in a foreign language will remain very important economically as we move forward."

- Karen Betts, Chief Executive, Scotch Whisky Association

Developing the Young Workforce


Our Toolkits include links, videos and suggested activities that schools could implement to encourage young people to consider languages for their future careers

Our DYW Toolkit will support schools in organising their own business and language promotional events and projects:

  • careers fairs
  • promotional talks
  • partnerships between schools and local businesses

A series of short films demonstrate the value of languages in a variety of sectors. Contributors include Judy Murray and Jim Fleeting from the Scottish Football Association.

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Making Space for Languages is a toolkit designed to help school and course leaders to incorporate languages into curricula, and to assist young people to identify career pathways which will allow them to utilise knowledge of additional languages and other cultures.

School staff can access guidance on making space for languages within their school curricula and hear from a Depute Head Teacher on why it is important to equip learners with languages for their futures.

Learners can view a series of videos from professionals and academics in different fields to discover why language skills can support study, as well as enhance career prospects.

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Making your future brighter with languages is a toolkit designed to give young people, parents and carers information, ideas and advice about learning languages; why it is important and how to go about it.

The toolkit includes a series of short video clips of young professionals talking about the relevance and value of languages and intercultural skills in their career areas. All of this aims to support the young people who are our ‘Generation Global’, our dual-competency workforce of the future.

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Outputs from Year 1 of our Erasmus+ funded project, Generation Global, include a a language-focused Toolkit for business and industry. Learners will find the videos in this toolkit, Making languages your business useful.

Job profiles

Our Job Profiles provide relevant, labour-market focused career advice on languages, direct from the workplace.

I use French on a daily basis. I'm amazed how much languages have had an influence on my life.

- Rhona Crofts, Michelin Tyres


Case Studies

Examples of good practice in schools where language uptake is strong in the senior phase.


St Thomas Aquinas Secondary

SCILT visited St Thomas Aquinas and discussed the school's strong language uptake from the broad general education into the senior phase.


James Young High

Positive language experiences in BGE, from primary through to secondary, encourages and motivates learners to continue with languages into the senior phase.


Douglas Academy

Young people are encouraged to continue with one or more languages into the senior phase. The department can offer a range of qualifications and awards in French, Spanish, Italian and Mandarin. 


Education Scotland L3 Case Studies

Education Scotland have grouped together a number of case studies, identifying the features common to departments where languages continue to flourish beyond the BGE.

Beyond School

The Beyond School section of our website includes advice and information for learners on: 

  • The benefits of language learning for life and work
  • Undergraduate, beginner and refresher language courses at Scottish universities and colleges; options for combining languages with other degree subjects
  • The gap year – opportunities to study, work or volunteer abroad 
  • The student voice – blogs, advice, hints and tips from those who’ve been there 

Engaging parents

Our leaflets support teachers and schools in engaging with parents to reinforce the benefits of learning a language. 

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We have shared the format of our Business Brunches so that schools can organise their own event

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