National Qualifications

This section lists publications about National Qualifications - for subject-specific National Units, see the National Unit Assessments section. Some of the publications are available to download by clicking on their title. These are indicated by the appropriate icon.

Due to the size of this section, we have split it into six areas to keep it easy to navigate:

National Qualifications

Arrangements for Project-based National Courses
Each document covers a named SGA area at Higher and Intermediate 2. Provides details such as Course titles, codes, structure of Project-based Courses, and types of external assessment. Explains the ground rules for Project-based Courses in general and the different types of project in particular (practical assignments/investigations/extended case studies).

Catalogue of National Qualifications (4 MB)
SQA's Catalogue of National Qualifications gives the code of every current National Uni, National Course, National Cluster and Standard Grade.

Comparability Studies
Six reports on the comparability of Higher Grades and CSYS with the GCE 'A' level. Also investigates the benchmarking of the new Advanced Higher against current qualifications.

IMAGE: Core Skills Bulletin cover.

Core Skills Bulletin
Regular newsletter from SQA with information about Core Skills in National Qualifications.
Free, BD1566

Delivering and Assessing Access 1 Units (211 KB) GRAPHIC: PDF Icon.
Guide to support teachers, lecturers and trainers who are delivering (or considering delivering) any of these seven Access 1 Units:

Free, BA1943, November 2003

GRAPHIC: National Qualifications an Introduction for Employers front cover.

National Qualifications - an introduction for employers (439 KB)
This guide gives you the basic facts about National Qualifications (NQs) in Scotland and tells you about the range of qualifications available.
Free, BD3136, March 2006

Project-based National Course specificiations
More than 35 individual specifications have been published to date, and more are to follow. For full details please phone SQA's Business Development & Customer Support Team on 0303 333 0330 or e-mail:


Copies of Arrangements Documents for all National Courses are available to purchase from SQA's Business Development & Customer Support Team on 0303 333 0330 or e-mail: They can also be downloaded from the NQ subject-specific pages, or you can choose to search for related documents with NQ Search.

To order any of the publications listed, contact SQA's Business Development & Customer Support Team quoting the publication code (unless otherwise indicated) or print, complete and return our Order Form (414 KB). You can order any of our publications by credit card, Delta or by Switch.

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