Pupils at Kelvinside Academy sit Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) exams at National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher levels. SQA qualifications are internationally accepted for university entrance, including by world-leading institutions.
We balance a broad education with the capacity to study exam courses in depth. The breadth of subjects taken in Senior 1 and 2 gives pupils a strong foundation and the chance to uncover where their interests and abilities lie. From Senior 3, most pupils study eight National 5 courses over two years.
Higher and Advanced Highers are studied over one year each, as is typical. We ask pupils to view Senior 5 and 6 as a coherent programme of study that should meet their aims for further study or work after Kelvinside. Most Senior 5 pupils take five subjects, although special provision may be made for a limited number of pupils who wish to study six subjects.
Kelvinside Academy has a flexible approach to Senior 6, with a curriculum that lets pupils study a wide range of subjects at a variety of levels. Most of our S6 pupils study two or three Advanced Higher courses – we strongly encourage all to attempt at least one. Pupils supplement their academic studies with a selection from our very wide range of Interest courses. We also expect our Sixth Year pupils to participate in Voluntary Service.
Pupils from S3-S6 are also offered NuVu Innovation School as one of their subject choices - separate from the usual National 5 of Higher subjects.