This section lists publications which have been specially written for centres approved by us. It includes guides to Scottish Qualifications Authority procedures and quality assurance - certification, assessment, centre approval, moderation/verification, and validation. Some of the publications are available to download in PDF format.
Publications are also available on the following topics:
This Guide is designed to provide support for everyone involved in the internal quality assurance of Ofqual regulated qualifications offered by SQA.
FA5437, April 2010
Free, AA1675, November 2004
CD-ROM for use by teachers and lecturers in order to promote a wider understanding of national standards in assessment.
Free, BB1425, April 2002
This guide provides details of SQA's assessment moderation system for Higher National qualifications and National Qualifications.
Free, AA0892/2, December 2001
Guidance for UK-based centres aiming to offer advice on the development of successful international partnerships to deliver SQA qualifications, and provide support in promoting the uniqueness and excellence of Scottish education and training internationally.
Free, AA2537, October 2005
This Guide provides support for everyone involved in assessment. It gives an overview of the different purposes of assessment and the principles of assessment. The Guide contains information sheets on each of the most common assessment instruments and outlines the processes for assessing SQA Units and Courses. A glossary of assessment terminology is provided as well as a reference section of publications and websites.
This guide replaces the three previous 'Guide to Assessment and Quality Assurance' publications: for Colleges and Further Education (AA0841), for Secondary Schools (A0840) and for Training Providers and Employers (AA0842).
Free, AA4147, November 2009
Guidance document for FE colleges who are using computers and internet technologies to assess candidates for SQA qualifications.
Free, AA1641, March 2003
Guidance for centres on modification, development and specifications for Higher National Units and qualifications.
Free, B0592/2, April 2000
These guidelines have been developed from the results of various projects which have explored e-assessment and online assessment. They have been written for all staff in schools - senior management; teachers involved in the delivery, moderation and quality assurance of assessments; and technical and other support staff.
The guidelines offer advice on:
This schools guidance complements other related SQA publications: SQA Guidelines on Online Assessment for Further Education, E-moderation: Guidelines for FE Staff and External Moderators and Quality Assurance for Open and Distance Learning.
Free, BD2625, June 2005
Guidelines to online assessment of Further Education SQA qualifications
Free, AA1641, March 2003
To order any of the publications listed, contact SQA's Business Development & Customer Support Team quoting the publication code (unless otherwise indicated) or print, complete and return our Order Form (414 KB). You can order any of our publications by credit card, Delta or by Switch.
Business Development & Customer Support Team
Scottish Qualifications Authority
The Optima Building
58 Robertson Street
Tel: 0303 333 0330
Fax: 0345 213 5000
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