Assessment Support

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We have published assessment support materials for National 1 to Higher.

Assessment support for the new Advanced Higher Courses will be available by the end of April 2015. Assessment overviews detailing which materials will be published, and when, are available from our subject pages.


Unit assessment support

These documents are for teachers and lecturers and detail the assessment task(s) which can be used to assess each Unit within the Course, along with approaches for generating and judging evidence. Each pack also contains additional information in an appendix, which can be detached and given to learners.

Unit assessment support packs are available for National 1 to Higher. They are held securely and teachers/lecturers can arrange access to them through their SQA Co-ordinator. They must be treated as confidential.


National 4 Added Value Unit assessment support

These confidential documents are for teachers/lecturers and describe the requirements of the National 4 Added Value Unit assessment. They provide instructions for delivering and assessing the National 4 Added Value Unit, as well as instructions for candidates. They should be read in conjunction with the National 4 Added Value Unit Specifications. The Unit assessment support packs are held securely and teachers/lecturers can arrange access to them through their SQA Co-ordinator.

To support centres with the introduction of National 4 Added Value Unit, the use of SQA-developed Added Value Unit assessments will continue to be mandatory during 2014-15. Subject-specific advice on using National 4 Added Value Unit assessments is available on our subject pages. Find out more about added value.


Specimen Question Papers

Specimen Question Papers contain examples of the types, and range, of questions that will be used in exams. They also include Marking Instructions, which outline the marking principles that exam markers will use and detail how the specimen paper should be marked. Specimen Question Papers are available for all subjects that include a question paper (exam) as part of the Course assessment at National 5 and Higher.

These are also available from our subject pages.


Coursework Information

Coursework information has been published for subjects that include coursework (assignments, practical activities etc) as part of the Course assessment.

Coursework information has been published for National 5 and Higher. It has been published in two parts: general assessment information and coursework assessment tasks.

General assessment information

This is for learners and teachers/lecturers. It outlines the requirements of the coursework that learners will undertake in the Course assessment, including: an overview of the assessment task(s), the evidence to be gathered and the general marking instructions that will be used. General assessment information is available from our subject pages.

Coursework assessment tasks

These are for teachers/lecturers. They contain the assessment tasks that will be used in the Course assessment. The documents are held securely and teachers/lecturers can arrange access to them through their SQA Co-ordinator.

 

Past paper guidance

This is an additional resource that helps teachers and lecturers identify which existing SQA past paper questions can be used to help learners prepare for the new exams. The guidance shows which questions can be used as they are and which questions can be used by changing the style or the structure of the question. Past paper guidance has been published for National 5 and Higher and is available from our subject pages alongside the Specimen Question Papers.