National Qualifications

As an awarding body, we devise and develop qualifications, including the new National Qualifications that have been introduced to secondary schools and colleges in Scotland. In 2015, we continued our roll-out of the new qualifications by dual running the new National 1 to Higher qualifications with the previous Access, Intermediate and Higher qualifications and we also introduced the new Advanced Higher qualification for the first time.

New National Qualifications were introduced to schools and colleges in Scotland between sessions 2013-14 and 2015-16. The new qualifications have been designed to support Curriculum for Excellence, the national curriculum in Scotland for young people aged 3 to 18.

Diet 2015

The 2015 exam diet featured question papers for the previous Intermediate, Higher and Advanced Higher qualifications and the new National 5 and Higher qualifications. This was part of our dual-running approach, to allow candidates who had studied under the previous system to complete their National Qualifications under that system. As a result, there was a significant increase in the number of question papers produced by SQA for use in the diet.


No. published

Total no. of question papers


Total no. of Higher question papers


Total no. of question papers for previous Higher


Total no. of question papers for new Higher


Results day 2015

On 4 August 2015, we issued results certificates to 142,862 candidates across Scotland following the 2015 exam diet. More than 1.1 million exam scripts were marked by almost 6,000 markers.

National courses

The following table shows the attainment rate for National courses certificated in August 2015. This includes both new and previous qualifications.