S-grades & Intermediate

S-grades (standard grades) are 2-year courses that Scottish pupils take in years 3āˆ’4 (S3 and S4), when their English contemporaries are taking GCSEs. They are designed to test the whole ability range and are taken at three levels: credit, general and foundation. Intermediate 1 and 2 are designed for students who have passed S-grades at general or foundation level, and for any student wishing to take up a new subject; some schools are replacing S-grades with Intermediate 1 and 2.

Traditionally, Scottish pupils sit S-grades only in those subjects they do not propose to continue to Highers. This means that some of the ablest Scottish pupils will have only 3 or 4 subjects at S-grade.