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The SCHOLAR Programme Explained

Is your child in S5 or S6, or S4 studying any of the subjects below?
Do you know about the SCHOLAR Programme?
Would you like a password to see what SCHOLAR is about?
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Education is changing. We know that many students learn better if they can be shown visual explanations such as animations, or if they can learn at their own pace (e.g. by accessing material on the computer outside of the classroom).

Introducing SCHOLAR

SCHOLAR is one of the world's largest school e-learning education programmes and it is available to every pupil studying Intermediate Maths and Highers/Advanced Highers in almost every school in Scotland.  Created by Heriot-Watt University, based in Edinburgh, SCHOLAR provides computer based learning materials to support teaching and learning in a wide range of subjects:

SCHOLAR Subjects

Advanced Higher

Higher

National 5

Accounting
Biology
Business Management
Chemistry
Computing
Economics
French
German
Maths
Physics
Spanish

Accounting
Art & Design
Biology
Business Management
Chemistry
Computing
Economics
French
Gaelic
German
Human Biology
Maths
Physics
Psychology
Spanish

French †
German †
Mandarin
Maths
Spanish †

 †Support Materials Only

The SCHOLAR programme is designed to promote self-paced, student-centred learning in a teacher supported environment. The online learning materials are complemented by opportunities for teachers to attend staff development workshops and learn how to use SCHOLAR when teaching.

Proven Approach

SCHOLAR offers a well proven, innovative approach to academic study within schools, Further Education colleges and foundation programmes within universities. Over 400 secondary schools in Scotland are benefitting from using SCHOLAR.

Interactive

The online learning materials have been professionally developed and consist of textual and graphical descriptions, animations and simulations and online formative tests. The material is embedded within a Virtual Learning Environment that provides channels for student and teacher communications, frequently asked questions and progress reporting and monitoring.

SCHOLAR Password for your Son or Daughter

Teachers in school have been provided with passwords to issue to all pupils studying a range of subjects at Higher and Advanced Higher and National 5 as summarised in the table above. 

If your son or daughter has not yet received their password, encourage them to ask their teacher.

Further information about SCHOLAR courses