Academic Overview

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.  

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