Subject Working Groups - Registration of Interest

If you are interested in helping us to develop the next generation of National Qualifications, please take a few minutes to read this information then complete and submit the ‘Registration of Interest’ form.


Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) is a radical overhaul of Scotland’s education system aiming, for the first time ever, to provide seamless progression from 3 to 18. 

It will ensure that:

Qualifications and the curriculum go hand-in-hand, and the new approach to the curriculum will need to be reflected in the qualifications available. To support the new Curriculum for Excellence, we are currently developing:

What’s involved?

The prime role of the SWG member is to participate in producing materials in connection with new/revised Curriculum for Excellence qualifications.  To ensure materials are developed to agreed technical requirements, quality standards and timescales, there will be a requirement for the SWG member to be actively involved in a number of meetings; these meetings could be face-to-face, on-line, video or telephone conference.  In addition, SWG members will be required to work collaboratively using web-enabled software.

SWGs will be established from summer 2010 to carry out discrete pieces of work, for example, the rationale and course summary, unit specification or unit support pack for a particular subject area.

Release compensation will be paid to employers when SQA activities are undertaken in ‘employers’ time. Expenses will also be paid to the individual. Fees will only be paid for activities undertaken in ‘own’ time. It is anticipated that the bulk of the work will be carried out in members’ ‘own time’.

Who can apply?

Teaching professionals who:

National 1 and 2

There has been a very good response from stakeholders indicating an interest in National 1 and 2 qualifications. We are also keen to receive registrations of interest for Subject Working Groups from specialists who regularly work with qualifications at these levels. Applicants need not make reference to a particular subject area unless they have a particular interest or expertise in the subject at National 1 and 2 levels, and/or delivering the new National 1 and 2 qualifications.

Registration of Interest application form (717 KB)

SQA Reference Procedure

SQA requests that applications for Subject Working Group members are accompanied by two references. One of these must be from your Head of Centre/ Employer or professional colleague if you are self employed.

A copy of our reference request form (74 KB) is available to download.

Is there anything I specifically need?

Yes. We need you to have home access to PC or laptop. The computer specifications/requirements are: