Assessment and Quality Assurance

This section lists publications which have been specially written for centres approved by us. It includes guides to Scottish Qualifications Authority procedures and quality assurance - certification, assessment, centre approval, moderation/verification, and validation. Some of the publications are available to download in PDF format.

Publications are also available on the following topic:

Assessment and Quality Assurance

Internal Verification: A guide for centres offering Ofqual Regulated Qualifications

This Guide is designed to provide support for everyone involved in the internal quality assurance of Ofqual regulated qualifications offered by SQA.
FA5437, April 2010

E-moderation: guidelines for FE staff and external moderators

Free, AA1675, November 2004

Guidance for UK-Based Centres Offering Qualifications Overseas

Guidance for UK-based centres aiming to offer advice on the development of successful international partnerships to deliver SQA qualifications, and provide support in promoting the uniqueness and excellence of Scottish education and training internationally.
Free, AA2537, October 2005

Guide to Assessment

This guide is designed to provide support for everyone who assesses SQA qualifications. It is based around the principles of assessment and covers the full range of SQA qualifications. It is a revision of the Guide to Assessment 2009.

Assessment: A Guide for Centres offering Ofqual Regulated Qualifications

This guide is designed to help centres to develop best practice in the development and conduct of assessment for Ofqual regulated qualifications.  It is based around SQA’s principles of assessment. It replaces the previous guide of April 2010.

Guidelines for Online Assessment

Guidance document for FE colleges who are using computers and internet technologies to assess candidates for SQA qualifications.
Free, AA1641, March 2003

SQA Guidelines on e-assessment for Schools

These guidelines have been developed from the results of various projects which have explored e-assessment and online assessment. They have been written for all staff in schools - senior management; teachers involved in the delivery, moderation and quality assurance of assessments; and technical and other support staff.

The guidelines offer advice on:

This schools guidance complements other related SQA publications: SQA Guidelines on Online Assessment for Further Education, E-moderation: Guidelines for FE Staff and External Moderators and Quality Assurance for Open and Distance Learning.
Free, BD2625, June 2005

SQA Guidelines on Online Assessment for Further Education

Guidelines to online assessment of Further Education SQA qualifications
Free, AA1641, March 2003

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