This course has been designed to provide a challenging and rewarding experience for candidates in fifth and sixth year.  It is based on a coherent group of subjects at Higher and Advanced Higher level with the addition of an Interdisciplinary Project, which offers added breadth and value helping to equip the candidate with the generic skills, attitudes and confidence necessary to make the transition into Higher Education and/or employment. 


The mandatory components of the Scottish Baccalaureate in Science are: 

  • Two Courses Advanced Higher SCQF level 7 (64 SCQF points)  

  • One Course Higher SCQF level 6 (24 SCQF points) 

  • Interdisciplinary Project Unit Advanced Higher SCQF level 7 (16 SCQF points)  

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Scottish Baccalaureate 

award (in Sciences) 


Higher and Advanced Higher Courses to be taken across S5 & S6 or solely in S6. 

Interdisciplinary Project will only be undertaken in S6 - it is expected that candidates will give an additional 80 hours of undirected time to the project. 


Interdisciplinary Project – this Unit will be graded A, B or C. 


There is no exam however the award is given based on the following criteria; 


Criteria for award of Pass 

Candidates who achieve at least Grade C in all mandatory components and who do not meet the criteria for Distinction will be awarded a Pass in the Scottish Science Baccalaureate. 


Criteria for award of Distinction 

The Scottish Science Baccalaureate with Distinction will be awarded to candidates who achieve: 

  • Grade A in one Advanced Higher eligible Course (Sciences or Maths) 

  • Grade A in one other component (Interdisciplinary project or Higher) 

  • Grade B or above in all other components (Interdisciplinary Project and other Higher or Advanced Higher courses) 


A member of the science faculty will be appointed to mentor students and facilitate the Interdisciplinary Project (tbc). 



The aims of the Scottish Baccalaureate in Science are to:  

  • promote sciences as a valued and important area for study and employment.  

  • raise the status & value of S6, motivating candidates in their last school year.  

  • provide qualifications which are valued for entry to higher education.  

  • provide a bridge between school and higher education/employment.  

  • encourage collaboration between schools and further/higher education institutions.  

  • encourage greater coherence in study in fifth and sixth years.  

  • allow candidates to relate and apply learning to realistic contexts.  

  • enable candidates to compete in the international job market.  

  • develop the generic skills needed for learning, employment and life. 

The Interdisciplinary Project offers candidates a flexible approach to their learning. Study will be based on the main subject area but will also draw on knowledge and skills from a range of other disciplines. This will allow learners to make connections and links between different subjects. Candidates will be able to select from a range of contemporary contexts which may come from within and beyond the formal curriculum. They are encouraged to consider future career aspirations and personal learning needs as factors when selecting their project. 


Through taught courses within subject classes and faculties, candidates will develop 

  • Depth and breadth of subject knowledge and understanding in Higher and Advanced Higher courses. 


By planning for and undertaking the Interdisciplinary Project, candidates will develop 

  • Skills for life and work including; 

  • Research skills - analysis and evaluation  

  • Interpersonal skills - negotiation and collaboration  

  • Planning - time, resources and information management  

  • Independent learning - autonomy and challenge in own learning  

  • Problem solving - critical thinking; logical and creative approaches  

  • Presentation skills – written and verbal communications 

  • Self-evaluation - recognition of own skills development; future areas for development  


Everything you need to know before selecting this course

entry requirements

The Scottish Baccalaureate in Science requires students to study three, different eligible Courses, two of which must be at Advanced Higher level and one at Higher level.  

One of these Courses must be Mathematics (Higher or Advanced Higher level) or Applied Mathematics (Advanced Higher level).  


Candidates may choose two Core courses, or one Core course and one   

Broadening course from the following lists: 

Core courses 



Environmental Science 

Human Biology



Broadening courses 

Computing Science* 

Design and Manufacture* 

Engineering Science* 

Graphic Communication* 



* Currently available at Advanced Higher level 


Components do not have to be completed in the same academic year, for example a Higher course completed in S5 can contribute. 


The importance of self-motivation, autonomous learning and self-management should be stressed. 

what will you get?

Scottish Baccalaureate in Sciences (Distinction or Pass) – level 7 


Everything you need to know about future pathways from this course


Qualifications in Science afford opportunities in many areas. Study at SCQF level 7 is an excellent preparation for employment, further or higher education. 

Careers which require or benefit from science knowledge and qualifications are; 

  • Chemical & Materials Science 

  • Engineering, Construction & Manufacturing 

  • Life Sciences, Health, Medical & Biomedical sciences 

  • Animal Care and Veterinary medicine 

  • Environmental Science & Land Management 

  • ICT and Digital Communications 

  • Research and Scientific Writing 

my world of work

This link will take you to an excellent resource on MyWOW which looks at potential career routes when you select a combination of subjects.