Plagiarism - Don’t risk it!
Spotting plagiarism and collusion isn’t difficult
- Teachers and lecturers regularly read drafts and can spot changes in writing style and use of language.
- Markers know their subject inside out so they’re familiar with lots of sources.
- SQA uses software that identifies plagiarism and collusion. This software matches copied phrases and text with the sources they’ve been taken from.
What if you break the rules?
Breaching SQA’s rules can have serious consequences. If an investigation shows you’ve broken the rules, the level of the penalty will depend on the severity of the matter. SQA will decide which penalty is appropriate. Depending on the nature of the breach, the range of penalties includes:
- Your marks can be reduced — or you can be awarded zero marks.
- Your qualification for the subject concerned can be cancelled.
- All of your qualifications for the entire year can be cancelled.
- Stick to the rules and do the right thing every step of the way.
Read it and understand it
- Your school or college will give you a declaration that you have to sign before they submit your Coursework. Find out more about signing your declaration