Literacy and Numeracy: Quality Assurance - external verification

External verification is part of SQA’s quality assurance process designed to ensure that a centre’s assessment approach and assessment judgements are valid, reliable and meet national standards.

All SQA Unit assessments must be internally verified by centres.

Unit assessment

The new qualifications offer opportunities for personalisation and choice. With the exception of the National 4 Added Value Unit where more precise specification is required, teachers and lecturers have more flexibility to determine the most appropriate methods of assessment for individual learners, and to use their professional judgement in determining whether or not a candidate’s evidence meets the Outcomes and Assessment Standards of the Unit.

Any evidence for assessment must be of a type that allows valid judgements to be made against Outcomes and Assessment Standards.

Consequently, candidate evidence for Unit assessment in Literacy is likely to include some or all of the following:

Candidate evidence for Unit assessment in Numeracy is likely to include some or all of the following:

SQA has anticipated that all Units for Literacy and Numeracy are likely to have evidence that is suitable for submission to SQA for a verification event. Guidance on evidence to be submitted for a verification event, including formats for submitting candidate evidence, can be found in the Evidence for verification events document.

Further information on verification can be found at