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Review Reports for each subject

We carried out evaluations of the new National Qualifications. Read the Reports which contain an Action plan with changes - some of which are prioritised for 2016/17.

National Qualifications - June 2016 update

The latest e-newsletters from SQA on the National Qualifications.

National Qualifications - May 2016 update

The latest e-newsletters from SQA on the National Qualifications

National Qualifications April 2016 update

The latest e-newsletters from SQA on National Qualifications.

Updated mandatory documents for some National 3 to Advanced Higher courses

We have updated some Course Specifications, Unit Specifications and Course Assessment Specifications for National 3 to Advanced Higher courses, for use from session 2016/17 onwards.

National Qualifications March 2016 update

The latest e-newsletters from SQA on National Qualifications.

National Qualifications February 2016 updates

The latest e-newsletters from SQA on National Qualifications.

Assessment Issues for Deaf Candidates event

The Scottish Sensory Centre is hosting a free, full day event in association with SQA for teachers of deaf candidates.

New National Qualifications January 2016 update

The latest e-newsletters from SQA on the new National Qualifications

New National Qualifications December 2015 update

The latest e-newsletters from SQA on the new National Qualifications

New National Qualifications November 2015 update

The latest e-newsletters from SQA on the new National Qualifications

New National Qualifications - October 2015 updates

Our October 2015 newsletters on the new National Qualifications.

New National Qualifications September 2015 update

The latest e-newsletters from SQA on the new National Qualifications

Updates to National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher coursework

Following developments in the 2015 diet and feedback received from centres, we have updated documents for a number of National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher Courses.

New National Qualifications - August 2015 updates

We have published our latest e-newsletters on the new National Qualifications.

NQ Audience Guides

We have updated our suite of six audience guides to the new National Qualifications

SQA and College Development Network events for college lecturers

We are hosting a series of events with College Development Network for college lecturers who are delivering National 5 and/or Higher Units as part of National Courses or Group Awards.

New National Qualifications July 2015 update

The latest e-newsletters from SQA on the new National Qualifications

Scotland's Skilled Future: An SQA, SCQF and CIPD Scotland event for employers

We will be taking part in an event for employers in Dundee on 26 August. The event will focus on skills development and changes to Scotland's National Qualifications.

New National Qualifications - June 2015 updates

We have published our latest monthly newsletters on the new National Qualifications.

New National Qualifications May 2015 update

The latest e-newsletters from SQA on the new National Qualifications

Updated Course/Unit Support Notes and Unit assessment support packs for new Advanced Higher Courses

We have updated the Advanced Higher Course/Unit Support Notes following the changes made to Advanced Higher mandatory documents last month. Packages 1 and 2 of Unit assessment support have been published following the publication of package 3.

New National Qualifications April 2015 update

The latest e-newsletters from SQA on the new National Qualifications

Advanced Higher Unit assessment support package 3 now available

We have published the third package of Unit assessment support for Units in the new Advanced Higher Courses, which will be taught in schools and colleges from August 2015.

University statements on Curriculum for Excellence

Scottish universities and other higher education institutions have published statements regarding Curriculum for Excellence and university admissions.

New National Qualifications March 2015 update

The latest e-newsletters from SQA on the new National Qualifications

New Advanced Higher coursework information

SQA has published coursework information for all subjects that will include coursework (assignments, practical activities etc) as part of the Course assessment in new Higher Courses. These documents have been developed to support teachers and lecturers, and to help prepare learners for the Higher Course assessment.

Planned updates to Advanced Higher documents

We are making planned updates to documents for new Advanced Higher Courses before the Courses go live in August 2015.

SQA Academy Course – Assessment in new National Courses and Units

We have developed an online Course to help teachers and lecturers develop their understanding of assessment in the new National Courses and Units.

Follow-up report by CfE Working Group on Tackling Bureaucracy published

The follow-up report by the Curriculum for Excellence Working Group on Tackling Bureaucracy has been published.

New National Qualifications January 2015 update

The latest e-newsletters from SQA on the new National Qualifications

SQA Academy Course - Assessment in new National Courses and Units

We have developed an online Course to help teachers and lecturers develop their understanding of assessment in the new National Courses and Units.

Advanced Higher Specimen Question Papers now available

We have published Specimen Question Papers for new Advanced Higher Courses that will include a question paper as part of the Course assessment. The new Advanced Higher Courses will commence in August 2015.

Changes to question numbering in some National 5 and Higher question papers

As a result of developments in our marking processes, we have amended the way that questions are numbered in some National 5 and Higher question papers.

New National Qualifications February 2015 Update

Here is the latest updates from SQA on the new National Qualifications

Exemplar Question Papers published for new Higher Courses

SQA has produced Exemplar Question Papers for new Higher Courses, using existing questions from Higher past papers. These are accompanied by marking instructions, and guidance for teachers and lecturers.

Advanced Higher Course comparison documents

SQA has published Course comparison documents, which compare new and existing Advanced Higher Courses; outlining what will change and what will remain the same.

Subject updates January 2015 - Advanced Higher

SQA has published subject-specific updates for new Advanced Higher Courses starting in August 2015.

National 4 video clips

SQA has produced a series of National 4 video clips to highlight the options available to learners who are working towards or have obtained National 4 qualifications.

New National Qualifications - December 2014 update

The latest e-newsletters from SQA on the new National Qualifications

New National Qualifications November 2014 update

The latest e-newsletters from SQA on the new National Qualifications

New National Qualifications October 2014 update

The latest e-newsletters from SQA on the new National Qualifications

Arrangements for Higher Courses in 2015-16

 SQA is putting an arrangement in place to support candidates who do not achieve the Course assessment for existing Higher Courses. 

New National Qualifications - September 2014 update

The latest e-newsletters from SQA on the new National Qualifications.

New National Qualifications - August 2014 update

The latest updates from SQA on the new National Qualifications.

New National Qualifications - July 2014 update

The latest e-newsletters from SQA on the new National Qualifications.

New National Qualifications - June 2014 update

Our latest e-newsletters on the new National Qualifications.

New National Qualifications - May 2014 updates

The latest newsletters from SQA on the new National Qualifications.

New National Qualifications - March 2014 updates

The latest updates from SQA on the new National Qualifications.

Second package of Unit assessment support for National 2 to National 5 now available

SQA has published the second of its Unit assessment support packages for Units in the new National Courses from National 2 to National 5.