Timeline

The timeline below shows key developments and the publication timetable for documents to support the new qualifications. Select a year to see the documents released in that year.

Once the general design of the qualifications had been agreed, the Qualification Design Teams (QDTs) created draft Rationales and Summaries documents for each curricular area, setting out the proposed content, aims and purpose of each course. These were used to develop a draft Course Specifications document for each area.

The draft Course Specifications were used to develop the draft Unit Specifications which were, in turn, used to develop draft Course Assessment Specifications. After seeking feedback on all of these documents the QDTs published the final versions on the SQA website. (Final documents for Advanced Higher due 30 April 2013.)

For full information on what the different types of document contain, take a look at the Document types page.

Overview of process

Jan - Feb
Mar - Apr
May -Jun
Jul - Aug
Sep - Oct
Nov -Dec

January - February 2013

January

  • Recruitment of Nominees will begin. Local Authorities, SCIS and colleges will submit their nominations to us via SQA Connect

28 February

  • National 2 to National 5: Unit Assessments including Marking Instructions (Package 2) published
  • National 4: Added Value Unit Assessment Support (Release 1) published
  • National 5: Specimen Question Paper including Marking Instructions published
  • National 5: Specimen Coursework including Marking Instructions (Release 1) published

March - April 2013

March

  • Start and end dates for the 2014 exam timetable published

29 March

  • National 4: Added Value Unit Assessment Support (Release 2) published
  • National 5: Specimen Coursework including Marking Instructions (Release 2) published
  • Advanced Higher: Draft Unit and Course Support Notes published

30 April

  • National 2 to National 5: Unit Assessments including Marking Instructions (Package 3) published
  • National 4: Added Value Unit Assessment Support (Release 3) published
  • National 5: Specimen Coursework including Marking Instructions (Release 3) published
  • Advanced Higher: formal publication of final documents (Course Specifications, Unit Specifications, Course Assessment Specifications and Course/Unit Support Notes)

May - June 2013

  • Full 2014 exam timetable published
  • SQA Connect will be rolled out to all Local Authority schools and guidance will be made available to SQA Co-ordinators
  • SQA Co-ordinator Conferences will be held across Scotland to cascade information about delivery processes