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

Case Studies

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

Case Studies

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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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