NQ Understanding Standards programme

SQA's Understanding Standards programme provides ongoing support to teachers and lecturers delivering National Qualifications. It aims to strengthen their understanding of the standards required for assessment and build their confidence in preparing candidates for assessment. The programme consists of the following training and support materials:

Candidate evidence and commentary materials

Candidate evidence and commentary materials contain examples of real assessment evidence with a commentary from SQA that explains why the evidence has or has not been awarded specific marks.

Subject-specific course assessment events for teachers and lecturers

Each year we run a programme of subject-specific course assessment events across Scotland. Presentations and workshop taks from the events are published on our website within four weeks of the event.

Continuing professional development (CPD) webinars

In addition to our events, we also run an ongoing programme of online CPD webinars. Where appropriate, we publish recordings of the webinars within six weeks of them taking place Find out more about our CPD support.

Subject-specific audio presentations

Audio presentations give a detailed overview of the standards required for assessment in each subject. These are published on an adhoc basis.

Available Understanding Standards materials

Materials from Understanding Standards events

Access the event materials for each subject

Candidate evidence and commentaries 

Candidate evidence and commentaries are available from the following locations:

SQA secure website

  • unit assessment
  • internally assessed components of course assessment
  • components of course assessment which are subject to visiting verification

Understanding Standards website (www.understandingstandards.org.uk)

  • externally assessed components of course assessment. 

CPD training materials and webinar recordings

View available CPD webinars and training materials.

Understanding Standards audio presentations

View available audio presentations.