National Qualifications — prior verification
Prior verification is a free service offered to centres that devise their own assessments, or that significantly change SQA’s assessments to suit their particular local needs. The service gives centres additional confidence that their proposed assessment is fit for purpose and meets national standards.
Submitting a prior verification request
Centres can submit prior verification requests for all levels and all units from National 1 to Advanced Higher. Before you start to develop a new assessment approach, you should ensure you use both the most up to date unit specification and subject review report.
Please ensure that you read the NQ Prior Verification centre guidance before submitting any prior verification requests.
Please use the NQ Prior Verification Form to submit your requests.
SQA may publish a prior verified assessment as part of our Understanding Standards programme, if the centre that submitted the assessment agrees to this.
Prior verification submission windows
Prior verification requests may be submitted during these windows:
- August to December: 15 August 2016 to 16 December 2016
- March: 1 March 2017 to 31 March 2017
- Early Bird: 1 June 2017 to 30 June 2017
We will work as fast as we can to complete your request, but please be aware it may take up to six weeks.
NQ Prior Verification Team
If you have any queries please contact the Prior Verification Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0345 213 6766.