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 2012

31 January

  • National 4 and National 4: draft Unit and Course notes published
  • Higher: draft Course Assessment Specifications published

29 February

  • Higher: draft Unit and Course notes published

March - April 2012

30 March

  • Advanced Higher: draft Course Rationales and Summaries published

30 April

  • National 2 and National 3: formal publication of final documents
  • National 4 and National 5: formal publication of final documents
  • Higher: formal publication of final documents
  • Awards: finalised arrangements and specifications made available to centres
  • Awards: draft support notes available for targeted engagement

May - June 2012

14 - 30 May

  • Second 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)

31 May

  • Advanced Higher: draft Course Specifications published

25 June

  • Assessment Overviews for new National 3 to National 5 Qualifications published

July - August 2012

Nothing

September - October 2010

3 - 27 September

  • Third 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)

29 October - 28 March 2013

  • Further information on National 5 Specimen Question Paper, National 5 Specimen Coursework and National 4 Added Value Unit will be made available to support the Subject Implementation Events

29 October - 29 March 2013

  • Programme of subject implementation events to support the implementation of the new National Qualifications

31 October

  • National 2 to National 5: Unit Assessments including Marking Instructions (Package 1) published
  • Advanced Higher: draft Unit Specifications published

November - December 2012

31 December

  • Advanced Higher: draft Course Assessment Specifications published