French and Spanish will be offered at the following levels:
National 4 and National 5.
National 4 and National 5 Courses will be 160 hours.
National 4 is equivalent to Standard Grade General level / Intermediate 1 and National 5 is equivalent to Standard Grade Credit level / Intermediate 2.
Courses consist of units.
Assessment of Courses
All courses will be assessed and marked throughout the session by teachers. These assessments are appropriate to the subject and level of study. Assessments may include a combination of practical work, case studies, examinations and projects.
To be awarded the Course, pupils must demonstrate that they meet the requirements of the Units and a Course assessment (National 5).
Units for all levels will be assessed by teachers and be graded as pass/fail. Access and National 4 courses will also be assessed by teachers and graded as pass/fail. The National 5 course will also have units assessed as pass/fail. The Course assessment for National 5 will be externally administered by the SQA and graded A – D.
Progression. What can a pupil do after S4 ?
The implementation of Curriculum for Excellence requires that schools provide a range of progression pathways appropriate to learners’ needs and local circumstances.
If, at the end of fourth year, pupils wish to continue to study Modern Languages:
• a pupil achieving National 4 (equivalent to Standard Grade General level / Intermediate 1) may choose to progress to National 5.
• a pupil achieving National 5 (equivalent to Standard Grade Credit level / Intermediate 2.) may choose to progress to Higher.
• a pupil who shows excellent linguistic ability may also choose to study Higher Spanish without any previous qualification in the language.