As part of Curriculum for Excellence, aspects of Scotland's education system, including qualifications, assessment and learning and teaching approaches are being reviewed. At SQA we are developing the new qualifications learners will study.
This table shows the new qualifications and what they replace.
|SCQF Level||New National Qualifications||Replaces||Current National Qualifications|
|1||National 1||>||Access 1|
|2||National 2||>||Access 2|
|3||National 3||>||Access 3
Standard Grade (Foundation level)
|4||National 4||>||Standard Grade (General level)
|5||National 5||>||Standard Grade (Credit level)
|7||Advanced Higher (new)||>||Advanced Higher|
More detailed information can be found on our Timescales page.
Learners will still choose individual subjects to study at National 2, National 3, National 4 and National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher levels.
To find out when learners will make their subject choices and how many they will choose, you should speak to the school as arrangements can vary from school to school.
If a learner fails a Course assessment, they will receive credit for the Units they have achieved at that level. For example, if a learner fails the Course assessment at National 5, they will be awarded the Units from the Course at that level.
Find full details of the new Literacy and Numeracy Units that will form a mandatory part of National 3, 4 and 5 Courses.
As well as developing new National Qualifications, SQA has developed a number of new Awards.