Definition of Standard Grade in English:

Standard Grade


  • (in Scotland) the lower of the two main levels of the Scottish Certificate of Education examination.

    Compare with Higher, GCSE
    • ‘Darren is studying for Standard Grades and wants to become an engineer.’
    • ‘It is not compulsory for children in Scotland to take exams such as Standard Grades or Highers, although children need such qualifications in order to attend higher education.’
    • ‘After leaving school at 16 with six Standard Grades, he worked in supermarkets.’
    • ‘With more children staying on to do Standard Grades and Highers, perhaps there is a growing interest in tuition for that reason.’
    • ‘She is sitting seven Standard Grades this year and suffers from hay fever, which disrupts her studies and her outdoor exercise.’


Standard Grade