Enhanced Curriculum

Staff: Ms S Anderson (PT)

For Information on the Enhanced Curriculum, please click on the download below.

Download: Enhanced Curriculum Information Leaflet


Edinburgh College Partnerships:

The South East Scotland Academies Partnership has developed four pioneering academies for senior school pupils.  The partnership allows young people to study at college and university while still at school and also provides relevant work experience opportunities.  The academies aim to smooth the transition between school, college, university and employment, and to support the development of Scotland’s key growth industries.

Programmes run for 1 year and classes take place at Edinburgh College or Queen Margaret University on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, finishing later than the school day.

The Academies running for session 2018-19 are:

Acting and Performance
Events and Hospitality
Film and Media
Health and Social Care

The first three Academies offer Higher level NPA qualifications.  The successful completion of the Health and Social Care Academy leads to either a National 5 or Higher qualification.

The Acting and Performance and the Film and Media academies provide the educational knowledge and relevant work experience needed to prepare a young person for work in areas such as the media, film or the visual and performing arts.

The Events and Hospitality Academy is designed for students who want to find out more about the skills required to work in the dynamic hospitality, tourism and events sectors.  The Academy will be of particular interest to students who like working with people and who are studying Business Management or Hospitality at school.

The Health and Social Care Academy is for anyone who has an interest in discovering the range of skills required to work in areas such as care hospitals, the community and in the voluntary sector and, indeed, for young people who have any  interest whatsoever in working with people.


ZEST (Zoo & Environment Skills Training)

The ZEST programme allows students to take part in a work experience programme.  The scheme offers: one week of work experience; five additional work experience days throughout the year; three outreach visits by zoo staff to schools; an overnight trip to a national park and a visit to see a Scottish conservation project in action.
Students not only gain experience of work, but also learn essential employability skills.
The programme offers students the chance to achieve within the Personal Development Award (Level 4/5) and also the Levels 3 and 4 Employability course.
This is all in addition to learning about the role of modern zoos; about international and native species conservation; and about environmental issues.