an Introduction

As the Rector of Dollar Academy, I’m delighted to welcome you to Dollar Discovers. Dollar Academy has been at the forefront of Scottish education ever since it was founded in 1818. Central to our principles, then and now, is a core belief in the transformative power of education and our responsibility to support as many young people as possible in their development.

The virtual learning content created by our teachers during the COVID outbreak has cemented our belief that students can be taught effectively via engaging digital content. We are now sharing this openly with students from across Scotland. Students need to register for the courses, but, importantly, there is no cost to take part.

There are two key strands to Dollar Discovers, the first being current SQA courses. Dollar Academy offers the widest range of SQA subjects in Scotland, so we will be offering some courses which may not be available in other schools, starting with Higher Politics.

The second strand is Discovery Courses. These are multidisciplinary courses (so not specific to one academic subject), framed around the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. They bring together leading figures from industry, NGOs and academia to create exciting content exploring relevant, real-world topics. The courses, which were created in partnership with the pioneering NuVu Studio in the USA, are designed to allow students to develop their curiosity and critical thinking, in order to better understand the world around them and be an active force for good. The first two courses are “Activist Fashion”, which has been supported by Johnstons of Elgin, and “Design for Wellbeing” which is backed by Andrew Whalley, Chairman of Grimshaw Architects.

I hope you enjoy exploring the content we are currently offering and I would encourage you to register through the links on this website if you are interested in taking part. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

We hope you decide to join us in this exciting new chapter.

Ian Munro
Rector Dollar Academy


Dollar Academy currently offers the widest range of SQA subjects in Scotland, and we would like to offer all Scottish students the chance to study some subjects, which may not currently be available in other Scottish schools, starting with Higher Politics.

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These interdisciplinary courses are designed with leading figures in industry and academia to prepare students for life beyond the classroom. While our courses are unique, each one is  framed by one, or more, of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

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Asked Questions

Who is able to register for Dollar Discovers courses?

Any young person of school age can enrol in our courses. Some courses may have age restrictions (will be noted by course), and some may require periodic physical attendance at Dollar Academy for workshops and practical work.

Who will my instructors be?

Your instructors will be a mix of respected eductionalists from Dollar Academy and NuVu Studio, as well as leading figures from academia, industry and NGOs.

Do I need to inform my current school that I am enroling in a Dollar Discovers course?

If your course leads to SQA certification, then ‘yes’, you need to ensure that your school registers you for the course award or stand alone units. They should be able to support you with exam arrangements. You do not need to inform your school if you are taking a Discovery Course.

Will I get credits of any kind for taking a Discovery course?

All students who complete a Discovery Course will receive a Dollar Discovers certificate. In some cases, this will be endorsed by industry or academic partners who have helped design the content. Students will also create an online portfolio of their work, which can be shared with universities and future employers.

Will all courses be taught online?

Yes, the majority of teaching will take place online. Some courses may include workshops and practical work at Dollar Academy. Where this is the case, it will be made clear in the course descriptor.

How long are the courses?

Courses vary in length. For example, SQA courses will typically run for an academic year, whereas Discovery Course may be completed over a few weeks of part time study.

Can I take more than one course at a time?


Can I propose an idea for a Discovery or SQA course?

Absolutely. Please make suggestions in the contact form. We will be adding to our range of courses over the coming months.

How many hours per week will I meet with my instructor?

This will vary from course to course, but all students have opportunities to meet with their instructors.

Where should I direct any additional questions that I may have about the Dollar Discovers program?

Please reach out to us with any additional questions by using the contact form.