NQ Understanding Standards

SQA's Understanding Standards programme aims to support teachers and lecturers by strengthening their understanding of the standards required for assessment. We provide a range of subject-specific Understanding Standards materials, events and webinars that help to build their confidence in preparing learners for assessment.

National 5 CPD webinars

Between April and September 2017, we are running a programme of subject-specific webinars which focus on the requirements of the revised National 5 course assessments being introduced in 2017-18. You can find out more about the webinars on our NQ Events page.

National 5 audio presentations

For some subjects, we are publishing audio presentations that cover the same content as webinars. These will be published in the resources section of National 5 subject pages between May and September 2017. 

Understanding Standards materials

Understanding Standards materials contain examples of candidate assessment evidence, along with a commentary that explains why the evidence has or has not been awarded specific marks. 

Understanding Standards events

A programme of face-to-face Understanding Standards events will take place in session 2017-18. We will publish further details of the events in due course.

Access available Understanding Standards materials

Candidate evidence and commentary materials 

Candidate evidence and commentaries are available from the following locations:

SQA secure website

  • candidate evidence and commentaries for unit assessment
  • candidate evidence and commentaries for internally assessed components of course assessment
  • candidate evidence and commentaries for components of course assessment which are subject to visiting verification

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

  • candidate evidence and commentaries for externally assessed components of course assessment (including question papers). 

Changes to Published Understanding Standards Materials

When there are revisions to courses any associated Understanding Standards materials will be revised or removed if no longer relevant. When revisions are made, centres will be notified through Centre News. Please use the link below to view details of any packs for your subject we may have revised or removed.

Changes to Published US materials

Understanding Standards audio presentations

View available audio presentations.

CPD Webinars

View available webinar recordings.