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 2011

31 January

  • National 4 and National 5: draft Course Rationales and Summaries published

March - April 2011

27 April

  • National 4 and National 5: draft Course Specifications published

May - June 2011

31 May

  • Higher: draft Course Rationales and Summaries published

July - August 2011

19 August

  • National 2 and National 3: draft Course Rationales and Summaries published

31 August

  • National 4 and National 5: draft Unit Specifications published (including draft added value unit specification at National 4)
  • Higher: draft Course Specifications published

September - October 2011

31 October

  • National 2 and National 3: draft Course Specifications published
  • Awards: draft Award Specifications available for targeted environment

November - December 2011

28 November

  • National 5: draft Course Assessment Specifications published
  • Higher: draft Unit Specifications published

29 November - 13 December

  • First phase of Curriculum Area implementation events to support the implementation of the new National 2 to Higher Courses (including Awards at SCQF levels 1 to 6)

16 December

  • National 2 and National 3: draft Unit Specifications published
  • Awards: draft Unit Specifications available for targeted engagement