Developing and Supporting the Curriculum Enhancement Themes ran for three years from 2011.


The Theme aimed to make the learner journey more effective for students and more efficient for staff and institutions. It provided dedicated time for the sector to consider and shape the nature of the Scottish higher education experience.


It had a strong focus on quality and was consistent with the Scottish Government’s 2011 Putting learners at the centre: delivering our ambitions for post-16 education report.


Theme Overview report


Developing and Supporting the Curriculum overview report

Publication Date: 14 Aug 2014

This report offers an overview of the work complete during the Developing and Supporting the Curriculum Enhancement Theme which extended over three academic years from 2011 to 2014.

Author: QAA Scotland
Format: PDF
Size: 501 KB

Topic-focused projects


Three topic-focused projects were complete during this Theme.


Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) and its impact on higher education


A study looking at how the higher education sector prepared for the transition of learners with experience of the CfE.


Curriculum for Excellence: A toolkit for institutions 

Publication Date: 14 May 2014

This toolkit has resulted from work undertaken as part of the topic-focused project 'Curriculum for Excellence and its Impact on Higher Education'. The toolkit is based on a modified Viewpoints format that permits participants to address different facets of curricular design. This work was complete as part of the Developing and Supporting the Curriculum Enhancement Theme.

Author: QAA Scotland
Format: PDF
Size: 438 KB

Curriculum for Excellence: Impact on Higher Education

Publication Date: 16 Oct 2013

This report contains the findings from an exploratory study to investigate the level of knowledge and understanding across the higher education, college and school sectors in Scotland on the potential impact of Curriculum for Excellence. This work is one of the topic-focused projects commissioned during the Developing and Supporting the Curriculum Enhancement Theme.

Author: QAA Scotland
Format: PDF
Size: 624 KB

The flexible curriculum


We developed a toolkit that programme teams can use to develop a flexible curriculum. The toolkit consists of a set of cards that you can use in workshops to consider approaches, plan and introduce changes. The toolkit used the University of Ulster's  Viewpoints method as a basis. 


Flexible Curriculum Toolkit: Viewpoints Handbook

Publication Date: 24 Feb 2014

This handbook is designed to support programme teams who use the Flexible Curriculum Toolkit. It describes who can use the toolkit, how the workshops can be run and makes recommendations for action planning. The handbook should be used in conjunction with the Flexible Curriculum Toolkit - Cards and instructions. This work was complete as part of the Developing and Supporting the Curriculum Enhancement Theme.

Author: QAA Scotland
Format: PDF
Size: 27437 KB

Flexible Curriculum Toolkit: Viewpoint cards

Publication Date: 24 Feb 2014

This toolkit cards are designed to support programme teams in enhancing practice with flexible curricula. The cards and instruction should be used in conjunction with the Flexible Curriculum Toolkit - Viewpoints Handbook. This work was complete as part of the Developing and Supporting the Curriculum Enhancement Theme.

Author: QAA Scotland
Format: PDF
Size: 1766 KB

Staff: Enhancing teaching


A project that focused on the professional development and support available to staff in teaching roles (academic, academic-related or support staff). A range of activities were carried out including an online survey and interviews with staff from across the Scottish sector. The findings and data gathered throughout the project concluded with a final report.


Staff: Enhancing teaching

Publication Date: 16 Oct 2013

This report gives an overview of the topic-focused projects, Staff: Enhancing Teaching which was commissioned during the Developing and Supporting the Curriculum Enhancement Theme. Examples of effective and innovative practice are noted throughout the report.

Author: QAA Scotland
Format: PDF
Size: 1870 KB

Institutional work


All 19 Scottish institutions completed a range of activities during the Theme. We produce a synthesis reports for each year of the Theme that highlights institutional activity from across the sector.


Institutional engagement: Year two of the DSC Enhancement Theme

Publication Date: 23 Jul 2013

This document provides a synthesis of the institutional activity across the Scottish sector in the second year of the Developing and Supporting the Curriculum Enhancement Theme.

Author: QAA Scotland
Format: PDF
Size: 417 KB

Institutional engagement: Year one of the DSC Enhancement Theme

Publication Date: 14 Aug 2012

This document provides a synthesis of the institutional activity across the Scottish sector in the first year of the Developing and Supporting the Curriculum Enhancement Theme.

Author: QAA Scotland
Format: PDF
Size: 1377 KB

Commissioned reports


Curriculum Directions, decisions and debate

Publication Date: 13 Feb 2012

This paper provides an overview of the factors which may effect, stimulate or be the cause of curriculum changes in higher education in Scotland. This work was complete as part of the Developing and Supporting the Curriculum Enhancement Theme.

Author: QAA Scotland
Format: PDF
Size: 1337 KB

National and international policy developments in higher education

Publication Date: 07 Feb 2012

This paper provides a snapshot of factors (geopolitical, economic, and philosophical) that influence and shape the higher education curriculum. This work was complete as part of the Developing and Supporting the Curriculum Enhancement Theme.

Author: QAA Scotland
Format: PDF
Size: 1749 KB

Student perspectives on the changes in higher education

Publication Date: 07 Feb 2012

This paper considers the Scottish political agenda and social changes, and how these affect the student population. It also reflects on the attitudes of students, particularly relating to finances and motivation to study. This work was complete as part of the Developing and Supporting the Curriculum Enhancement Theme.

Author: QAA Scotland
Format: PDF
Size: 1219 KB

Challenges and changes for staff

Publication Date: 07 Feb 2012

This paper considers the implications for staff in Scottish higher education and their development needs in light of the changing local and global environment in which the higher education sector operates. This work was complete as part of the Developing and Supporting the Curriculum Enhancement Theme.

Author: QAA Scotland
Format: PDF
Size: 1131 KB