Modifications for session 2022-23

The following modifications to assessment were in place for session 2021-22 and remain in place for session 2022-23.

For all courses the types of modifications remain the same. However, in some courses where we are giving advance notice of topics or content that will or will not be assessed in the exam, this will be different from last session.

Use the table search box to filter the modifications by course/level.

Subject Level Session 2022-23
Accounting National 5

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment: this has been removed for session 2022–23.

Question paper: we will let centres know topics that will not be assessed by the end of August 2022. Note: these will be different from the topics that were not assessed in 2021–22.

Accounting Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment: this has been removed for session 2022–23.

Question paper: we will let centres know topics that will not be assessed by the end of August 2022. Note: these will be different from the topics that were not assessed in 2021–22.

Accounting Advanced Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Question paper: we will let centres know topics that will not be assessed by the end of August 2022. Note: these will be different from the topics that were not assessed in 2021–22.

Administration and IT National 3

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Centres are not required to assess ‘populating a flat database’. Note: the database content not being assessed will remain the same as the database content that was not assessed in 2021–22.

Administration and IT National 4

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Centres are not required to assess ‘populating a database, using forms’.

Note: the database content not being assessed will remain the same as the database content that was not assessed in 2021–22.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Administration and IT National 5

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment: no changes.

Question paper: the question paper will have 40 marks, and a duration of 1 hour and 30 minutes (excluding printing time). The database question will have 10 marks (+/-3).

Note: the database content not being assessed will remain the same as the database content that was not assessed in 2021–22.

Administration and IT Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment: the assignment will have 60 marks and a duration of 1 hour and 45 minutes (excluding printing time). The database task will have 10 marks (+/-2).

Note: the database content not being assessed will remain the same as the database content that was not assessed in 2021–22.

Question paper: no changes.

Applications of Mathematics National 3

There will be no modifications for session 2022–23.

This also applies to the National 3 Applications of Mathematics Gaelic-medium course.

Applications of Mathematics National 4

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

These modifications also apply to the National 4 Applications of Mathematics Gaelic-medium course.

Applications of Mathematics National 5

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

The following content will not be assessed in the question papers in session 2022–23: scale drawing, planning a navigation route, line of best fit.

These modifications also apply to the National 5 Applications of Mathematics Gaelic-medium course.

Applications of Mathematics Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Project: no changes.

Question paper: the following content will not be assessed in session 2022-23:

Mathematical modelling: evaluating the effects of error and tolerances within mathematical models:

  • calculating the limits for compound measures, for example velocity, density, or journey times
  • determining if a process is within tolerance

Finance: insurance:

  • understanding the purpose of insurance products
  • analysing the risks associated with insurance products

Statistics: applying statistical skills to basic probability:

  • constructing tree diagrams and Venn diagrams
  • carrying out basic calculations involving the combination of events, where information may be displayed in tables or graphs, such as tree diagrams and Venn diagrams

Planning and decision making:

  • understanding and interpreting risk by calculating the expected value of costs and benefits of decisions
  • applying expected value to real-life contexts and understanding this as an important part of decision making

The marks and duration are: 65 marks, 2 hours and 5 minutes

These modifications also apply to the Higher Applications of Mathematics Gaelic-medium course.

Art and Design National 3

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Candidates completing both the Art and Design: Expressive Activity unit and the Art and Design: Design Activity unit should only attempt outcome 1 for one of these units.

For the Design Activity: assessment standard 2.3 — the number of design materials has been reduced from two to one.

Art and Design National 4

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Candidates completing both the Art and Design: Expressive Activity unit and the Art and Design: Design Activity unit should only attempt outcome 1 for one of these units.

In the Expressive Activity unit candidates can achieve assessment standard 2.2 by producing two observant drawings and studies

In the Design Activity unit candidates can achieve assessment standard 2.3 by using one design material and one technique and/or one technology.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Art and Design National 5

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Portfolios: the guidance we provided on National 5 portfolios in session 2021–22 remains in place for session 2022–23. This provides information on the amount of work that candidates can submit for each stage of the portfolios, as well as guidance on less time-consuming approaches, such as choosing a less complex theme and design brief.

Question paper: candidates will choose to respond to either the Expressive Art Studies or the Design Studies section. This reduces the marks available for the question paper from 50 to 25 marks, and the time allocation from 1 hour and 30 minutes to 1 hour (including reading time).

Art and Design Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Portfolios: the guidance we provided on Higher portfolios in session 2021–22 remains in place for session 2022–23. This provides information on the amount of work that candidates can submit for each stage of the portfolios, as well as guidance on less time-consuming approaches, such as choosing a less complex theme and design brief.

Question paper: candidates will choose to respond to either the Expressive Art Studies or the Design Studies section. This reduces the marks available for the question paper from 60 to 30 marks, and the time allocation from 2 hours to 1 hour and 15 minutes (including reading time).

Art and Design (Design) Advanced Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

We will reduce the volume of practical work for the design portfolio from 8–16 A1 sheets (or equivalent) to 6–12 A1 sheets (or equivalent). Sketchbooks and formats smaller than A1 sheets are acceptable for this work.

Art and Design (Expressive) Advanced Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

We have reduced the volume of practical work for the expressive portfolio from 8–16 A1 sheets (or equivalent) to 6–12 A1 sheets (or equivalent). Sketchbooks and formats smaller than A1 sheets are acceptable for this work.

Biology National 3

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

The requirement to complete outcome 1 in all units has been removed.
Biology National 4

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

The requirement to complete outcome 1 in all units has been removed.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Biology National 5

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment: this has been removed for session 2022-23.

Question paper: no changes.

Biology Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment: this has been removed for session 2022-23.

Question paper: no changes.

Biology Advanced Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Project: this has been removed for session 2022-23.

Question paper: no changes.

Business National 3

There will be no modifications for session 2022–23.

Business National 4

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Business Management National 5

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment: no changes

Question paper: we will let centres know topics that will not be assessed by the end of August 2022. Note: these will be different from the topics that were not assessed in 2021–22.

Business Management Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment: no changes.

Question paper: we will let centres know topics that will not be assessed by the end of August 2022. Note: these will be different from the topics that were not assessed in 2021–22.

Business Management Advanced Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Project: no changes.

Question paper: we will let centres know topics that will not be assessed by the end of August 2022. Note: these will be different from the topics that were not assessed in 2021–22.

Cantonese National 3

There will be no modifications for session 2022–23.

Cantonese National 4

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Cantonese National 5

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment–writing: this has been removed for session 2022–23.

Cantonese Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment–writing: this has been removed for session 2022–23.

Cantonese Advanced Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Performance–talking: the length of time is reduced from 20 to 15 minutes and the requirement to discuss the portfolio is removed.

Care National 4

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Care National 5

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Candidates usually have a choice of three briefs to base their project on. This has been reduced to one brief that is specified by SQA.

Care Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Candidates usually have a choice of three briefs to base their project on. This has been reduced to one brief that is specified by SQA.

Chemistry National 3

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

The requirement to complete outcome 1 in all units has been removed.

Chemistry National 4

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

The requirement to complete outcome 1 in all units has been removed.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Chemistry National 5

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment: this has been removed for session 2022-23.

Question paper: no changes.

Chemistry Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment: this has been removed for session 2022-23.

Question paper: no changes.

Chemistry Advanced Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Project: this has been removed for session 2022-23.

Question paper: no changes.

Childcare and Development Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Candidates usually have a choice of three briefs to base their project on. This has been reduced to one brief that is specified by SQA.

Classical Studies National 3

There will be no modifications for session 2022–23.

Classical Studies National 4

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Classical Studies National 5

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment: this has been removed for session 2022-23.

Question paper: the following two universal ideas, themes or values will not be directly assessed in the Classical literature section in the 2023 question paper (section 2):

  • fate versus free will
  • heroism

Usually, two themes from five are sampled. Candidates will answer two questions based on two themes but from a possible three themes.

Page 4 of the National 5 Classical Studies Course Specification gives information on the three universal ideas, themes or values that might be assessed. Teachers and lecturers can deliver the course as normal.

Classical Studies Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment: this has been removed for session 2022-23.

Question paper 1: Classical literature
The following universal idea, theme or value will not be directly assessed in the 2023 Classical literature question paper: leadership

Page 4 of the Higher Classical Studies Course Specification gives information on the four universal ideas, themes or values that might be assessed. Teachers and lecturers can deliver the course as normal.

Question paper 2: Classical society
In the 2023 Classical society question paper, one area will not be assessed in parts A and B of Life in classical Greece, and in parts A and B of Life in the Roman world. The following areas will not be assessed:

Section 1: Life in classical Greece, Part A: Power and freedom

  • Women in classical Athens

Section 1: Life in classical Greece, Part B: Religion and belief

  • Women within religious worship (although candidates should be prepared to discuss the role of women within religious festivals)

Section 2: Life in the Roman world, Part A: Power and freedom

  • Slavery in the Roman world

Section 2: Life in the Roman world, Part B: Religion and belief

  • Religious tolerance in the Roman world
Classical Studies Advanced Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Project–dissertation: no changes.

Question paper
Part A — Classical literature
The following books of the prescribed classical texts will be assessed in Part A — Classical literature in the 2023 question paper:

  • Section 1: History and historiography, questions 1, 2 and 3
    —Herodotus, Book 1
    —Thucydides, Book 1
    —Tacitus, Annals, Book 1
  • Section 2: Individual and community, questions 9, 10 and 11
    —Plato, Republic, Books 3 and 5
    —Aristotle, Politics, Book 3
  • Section 3: Heroes and heroism, questions 17, 18 and 19
    —Homer, Iliad, Book 22
    —Homer, Odyssey, Book 1
    —Euripides, Trojan Women
    —Ovid, Heroides, 7
  • Section 4: Comedy, satire and society, questions 25, 26 and 27
    —Aristophanes, Acharnians, Assembly Women, Knights
    —Horace, Satires, Book 2.6

Note: this does not apply to the 15-mark modern source comparison question, which might be based on any of the texts or authors as detailed in the ‘Skills, knowledge and understanding for the course assessment’ section of the Advanced Higher Classical Studies Course Specification.

Teachers and lecturers can deliver the course as normal.
Pages 5 and 6 of the Advanced Higher Classical Studies Course Specification give more information about the prescribed texts.
Candidates should study the texts as detailed in the ‘Skills, knowledge and understanding for the course assessment’ section of the Advanced Higher Classical Studies Course Specification to prepare for Part B — Classical society.

Computing Science National 3

There will be no modifications for session 2022–23.

Computing Science National 4

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Computing Science National 5

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment: 40 marks

Question paper: 80 marks

Optionality between database design and development and web design and development will remain in both the assignment and the question paper.

Computing Science Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment: 40 marks

Question paper: 80 marks

Optionality between database design and development and web design and development will remain in both the assignment and the question paper.

Computing Science Advanced Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Project: 80 marks

Question paper: 55 marks

In the question paper, optionality between database design and development and web design and development* will remain and Computer Systems content will not be assessed.

*At Advanced Higher level much of the web design and development content will require an understanding of database-driven websites. Databases will feature in the questions as part of the scenario, but marks will focus on web design and development content (for example PHP).

Cruinn-eolas (Geography) National 3

There will be no modifications for session 2022–23.

Cruinn-eolas (Geography) National 4

See National 4 Geography for modifications.

Cruinn-eolas (Geography) National 5

See National 5 Geography for modifications.

Cruinn-eolas (Geography) Higher

See Higher Geography for modifications.

Cruinn-eolas (Geography) Advanced Higher

There will be no modifications for session 2022–23.

Dance National 5

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Guidance provided to centres for session 2021–22 on the use of suitable choreographic devices and spatial elements still applies in session 2022–23.

Practical activity: candidates should not perform in their own choreography unless it is necessary due to candidates self-isolating or being absent on the day of assessment. It is important that candidates adopt a choreographer role for this task as it allows them to effectively reflect on the appropriateness of movement material, and choreographic devices used to communicate the intentions of the piece.

Dance Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Guidance provided to centres for session 2021–22 on the use of suitable choreographic devices and spatial elements still applies in session 2022–23.

Practical activity: the solo choreography option remains.

The practical activity consists of section 1: choreography and section 2: choreography review. The choreography currently requires candidates to create, present and review a group dance (minimum of three dancers) excluding themselves. Centres can continue with this approach, however with a recommendation of no more than four dancers, or alternatively, candidates can create, present and review a solo dance, excluding themselves.

Candidates should not perform in their own choreography unless it is necessary due to candidates self-isolating or being absent on the day of assessment. It is important that candidates adopt a choreographer role for this task as it allows them to effectively reflect on the appropriateness of movement material, and choreographic devices used to communicate the intentions of the piece.

Design and Manufacture National 4

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Design and Manufacture National 5

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

For session 2022–23 we will produce the research for the assignment: design, meaning candidates will begin by using the research provided to complete their specification.

This change reduces the marks available for this component from 55 to 50 marks.

Design and Manufacture Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

For session 2022–23 we will produce the research for the assignment, meaning candidates will begin by using the research provided to complete their specification.

We will remove ‘Demonstrating practical modelling skills’ from the assignment for session 2022–23.

These two changes reduce the marks available for this component from 90 to 77 marks.

Design and Manufacture Advanced Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment: candidates will not be required to complete the last section of the assignment ‘Manufacture a presentation model’ (12 marks). This reduces the marks available for the assignment from 120 to 108 marks.

Question paper: candidates will choose to respond to either question 1 (product analysis) or question 2 (product evolution). This reduces the marks available for the question paper from 80 to 65 marks.

Design and Technology National 3

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

For session 2022-23, candidates can pass the course if they complete two out of the three units.

Drama National 3

There will be no modifications for session 2022–23.

Drama National 4

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Drama National 5

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

  • adjustments have been made to the volume of evidence required in coursework tasks
  • guidance has been provided to support teachers and lecturers during the evidence collection process
  • we recommend that centres consider the text(s) chosen — we recommend no more than five candidates in a group
  • Make-up and Hair should only be offered by centres if government health advice at the time allows. Alternatively, candidates can apply make-up and hair designs to themselves
  • centres should follow government health advice regarding an appropriate audience. Alternatively, the audience could consist of the assessor only
  • there has been a reduction of acting timings
  • there is an option for production roles: if a candidate is unable to carry out any of the requirements for their production role in a practical manner, they could use plans, diagrams, working drawings, photographs (of set designs, made or adapted costumes, or made props), videos (of rehearsals), folios, and/or research instead
Drama Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Question paper: two-year rule removed for section 3: performance analysis.

  • all production roles should be achievable with correct risk assessment and cleaning regimes
  • Make-up and Hair should only be offered by centres if government health advice at the time allows. Candidates can apply make-up and hair to themselves based on their designs instead of a model on the day of the assessment
  • we recommend that centres consider the text(s) chosen — we recommend that no more than four candidates should be assessed in each interactive piece
  • we recommend that directors should direct no more than four candidates
  • centres should follow government health advice regarding an appropriate audience. Alternatively, the audience could consist of the assessor only
  • candidates should direct a rehearsal lasting approximately 25–30 minutes (previously 30 minutes)
Drama Advanced Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

  • adjustments have been made to the volume of evidence required in coursework tasks
  • guidance has been provided to support teachers and lecturers during the evidence collection process
  • we recommend centres consider the text(s) chosen — we recommend that no more than four candidates should be assessed in each interactive piece
  • we recommend that directors should direct no more than four candidates
  • centres should follow government health advice regarding an appropriate audience. Alternatively, the audience could consist of the assessor only
  • the interactive acting contribution has been reduced to a maximum of 17 minutes
  • candidates should direct a rehearsal lasting approximately 30–35 minutes (previously 35 minutes)
Eachdraidh (History) National 3

There will be no modifications for session 2022–23.

Eachdraidh (History) National 4

See National 4 History for modifications.

Eachdraidh (History) National 5

See National 5 History for modifications.

Eachdraidh (History) Higher

See Higher History for modifications.

Eachdraidh (History) Advanced Higher

See Advanced Higher History for modifications.

Economics National 5

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment: no changes.

Question paper: we will let centres know topics that will not be assessed by the end of August 2022. Note: these will be different from the topics that were not assessed in 2021–22.

Economics Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment: no changes.

Question paper: we will let centres know topics that will not be assessed by the end of August 2022. Note: these will be different from the topics that were not assessed in 2021–22.

Economics Advanced Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Project: no changes.

Question paper: once the question paper is confirmed in October, we will let centres know the broad macroeconomics topics that will be assessed in session 2022–23.

Engineering Science National 4

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Engineering Science National 5

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment: this has been removed for session 2022–23.

Engineering Science Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment: this has been removed for session 2022–23.

Engineering Science Advanced Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Project: this has been removed for session 2022–23.

English National 3

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

There is no requirement to assess talk in the Producing Language unit and Literacy unit.

English National 4

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

There is no requirement to assess talk in the Creation and Production unit and Literacy unit.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

English National 5

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Portfolio–writing: only one piece is required (either broadly creative or broadly discursive), but the 30% weighting is retained by doubling the mark for one piece.

Performance–spoken language: there is no requirement to assess this.

English Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Portfolio–writing: only one piece is required (either broadly creative or broadly discursive), but the 30% weighting is retained by doubling the mark for one piece.

Performance–spoken language: there is no requirement to assess this.

English Advanced Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Portfolio–writing: only one piece is required (from any genre), but the 30% weighting is retained by doubling the mark for one piece.

English for Speakers of Other Languages National 3

There will be no modifications for session 2022–23.

English for Speakers of Other Languages National 4

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

English for Speakers of Other Languages National 5

There will be no modifications for session 2022–23.

English for Speakers of Other Languages Higher

There will be no modifications for session 2022–23.

Environmental Science National 3

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

The requirement to complete outcome 1 in all units is removed for session 2022–23.

Environmental Science National 4

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

The requirement to complete outcome 1 in all units is removed for session 2022–23.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Environmental Science National 5

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment: this has been removed for session 2022-23.

Question paper: no changes.

Environmental Science Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment: this has been removed for session 2022-23.

Question paper: no changes.

Fashion and Textile Technology National 3

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Outcome 2 has been removed from the Fashion/Textile Item Development unit.

Fashion and Textile Technology National 4

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Outcome 2 has been removed from the Fashion/Textile Item Development unit.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Fashion and Textile Technology National 5

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Reduced requirements for the assignment and practical activity.

Fashion and Textile Technology Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Reduced requirements for the assignment and practical activity.

French National 3

There will be no modifications for session 2022–23.

French National 4

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

French National 5

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment–writing: this has been removed for session 2022–23.

French Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment–writing: this has been removed for session 2022–23.

French Advanced Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Performance–talking: the length of time is reduced from 20 to 15 minutes and the requirement to discuss the portfolio is removed.

Gaelic (Learners) National 3

There will be no modifications for session 2022–23.

Gaelic (Learners) National 4

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Gaelic (Learners) National 5

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment–writing: this has been removed for session 2022–23.

Gaelic (Learners) Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment–writing: this has been removed for session 2022–23.

Gaelic (Learners) Advanced Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Performance–talking: the length of time is reduced from 20 to 15 minutes and the requirement to discuss the portfolio is removed.

Gaidhlig National 3

There will be no modifications for session 2022–23.

Gaidhlig National 4

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Gaidhlig National 5

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment–writing: this has been removed for session 2022–23.

Gaidhlig Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment–writing: this has been removed for session 2022–23.

Gaidhlig Advanced Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Còmhradh (performance–talking): the length of time has been reduced from 20 to 15 minutes.

Geography National 3

There will be no modifications for session 2022–23.

This also applies to the National 3 Geography Gaelic-medium course.

Geography National 4

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

These modifications also apply to the National 4 Geography Gaelic-medium course.

Geography National 5

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment: this has been removed for session 2022-23.

Question paper: in the Global Issues section, the number of optional questions that candidates need to answer will be reduced from two to one. This will reduce the number of marks for this section from 20 to 10 marks. This does not affect the structure of this section as all optional questions will be available.

The total marks for the 2023 question paper will be reduced from 80 to 70 marks and the duration will be reduced from 2 hours and 20 minutes to 2 hours and 5 minutes.

The modifications to the question paper and the removal of the assignment will result in a total of 70 marks for the course assessment for session 2022-23.

These modifications also apply to the National 5 Geography Gaelic-medium course.

Geography Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment: this has been removed for session 2022-23.

Question paper 1: 100 marks (scaled to 50 marks) with a duration of 1 hour and 50 minutes. No modifications will be made to this question paper.

Question paper 2: 40 marks (scaled to 20 marks) with a duration of 50 minutes. In the Global Issues section, the number of optional questions that candidates need to answer will be reduced from two to one. This will reduce the number of marks for this section from 40 to 20 (20 to 10 after scaling). This does not affect the structure of this section as all optional questions will be available.

The modifications to the question paper and the removal of the assignment will result in a total of 140 marks (scaled to 70 marks) for the course assessment for session 2022–23.

These modifications also apply to the Higher Geography Gaelic-medium course.

Geography Advanced Higher

There will be no modifications for session 2022–23.

This also applies to the Advanced Higher Geography Gaelic-medium course.

German National 3

There will be no modifications for session 2022–23.

German National 4

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

German National 5

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment–writing: this has been removed for session 2022–23.

German Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment–writing: this has been removed for session 2022–23.

German Advanced Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Performance–talking: the length of time is reduced from 20 to 15 minutes and the requirement to discuss the portfolio is removed.

Gniomhachas Matamataigs (Applications of Mathematics) National 3

There will be no modifications for session 2022–23.

Gniomhachas Matamataigs (Applications of Mathematics) National 4

See National 4 Applications of Mathematics for modifications.

Gniomhachas Matamataigs (Applications of Mathematics) National 5

See National 5 Applications of Mathematics for modifications.

Gniomhachas Matamataigs (Applications of Mathematics) Higher

See Higher Applications of Mathematics for modifications.

Graphic Communication National 4

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Added value unit: three assessment standards have been removed. Assessment standards 1.1 and 1.2 were removed to align the added value unit with the National 5 assignment. Assessment standard 1.8 was removed to allow candidates to focus on practical graphics skills.

The revised assessment threshold is four out of five assessment standards must be achieved to pass the unit.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Graphic Communication National 5

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment: we will publish the assignment early — we usually publish it at the end of January and will now publish it in December 2022.

The highly supervised assessment conditions and the 8-hour time limit remain in place. Spending any more time on the assignment could affect the time available to carry out all the learning and teaching required, and to prepare for the question paper.

The two points of covid-related guidance to provide flexibility to centres and candidates remain in place. If centres need to close, candidates can work on their assignments from home and have additional time, if necessary. Centres can use their professional judgement to determine how much additional time is required.

We will delay the submission date for the National 5 assignment to the same date as the Higher assignment.

Question paper: ‘drawing standards, protocols and conventions’ will not be assessed. This reduces the marks available for the question paper from 80 to 65 marks.

Graphic Communication Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment: we will publish the assignment early — we usually publish it at the end of January and will now publish it in December 2022.

The highly supervised assessment conditions and the 8-hour time limit remain in place. Spending any more time on the assignment could affect the time available to carry out all learning and teaching required, and to prepare for the question paper.

The two points of covid-related guidance to provide flexibility to centres and candidates remain in place. If centres need to close, candidates can work on their assignments from home and have additional time, if necessary. Centres can use their professional judgement to determine how much additional time is required.

Question paper: ‘drawing standards, protocols and conventions’ will not be assessed. This reduces the marks available for the question paper from 90 to 75 marks.

Graphic Communication Advanced Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Project: 30 marks have been removed from the project to allow candidates to focus on practical graphics work. This reduces the marks available for the project from 90 to 60 marks.

Question paper: ‘graphic communication as it impacts on our environment and society’ will not be assessed. This reduces the marks available for the question paper from 90 to 80 marks.

Health and Food Technology National 3

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assessment standards 2.2 and 2.3 have been removed from the Food for Health unit.

Health and Food Technology National 4

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Outcome 2.2 has been removed from the Food for Health unit.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Health and Food Technology National 5

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Question paper: added optionality, resulting in fewer questions being attempted by candidates.

Health and Food Technology Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment: reduced assessment requirements.

Question paper: added optionality, resulting in fewer questions being attempted by candidates.

Health and Food Technology Advanced Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Question paper: added optionality, resulting in fewer questions being attempted by candidates.

History National 3

There will be no modifications for session 2022–23.

This also applies to the National 3 History Gaelic-medium course.

History National 4

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

These modifications also apply to the National 4 History Gaelic-medium course.

History National 5

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment: this has been removed for session 2022-23.

Question paper: an optional question will be introduced in two of three sections of the question paper.

For questions based on the fourth issue in Section 2: British and Section 3: European and world, there will be an optional question based on an earlier issue in order to reduce the assessable content, if required. Questions in sections 2 and 3 will therefore sample issues 1–4 or issues 1–3.

Teachers and lecturers can deliver the course as normal.

These modifications also apply to the National 5 History Gaelic-medium course.

History Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment: this has been removed for session 2022-23.

Question paper 1 — British, European and world history: an optional question will be introduced in both section 1 and section 2 of the British, European and world history question paper. Four of six issues will be sampled instead of three of six issues.

In Section 1 — British and Section 2 — European and world, any four from six key issues will be assessed. Candidates will choose one essay from a choice of four in each section.

It is advised that candidates are prepared for a minimum of three issues in both the British and European and world sections studied.

Teachers and lecturers can deliver the course as normal.

Question paper 2 — Scottish history: no changes.

These modifications also apply to the Higher History Gaelic-medium course.

History Advanced Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Project–dissertation: no changes.

Question paper
Two key issues in each of the 10 fields of study will not be directly assessed in the 2023 question paper. The following areas will not be assessed:

  • Field of study 1 — Northern Britain from the Iron Age to 1034
    Key issues
    —Changing beliefs
    —Kingdom of the Scots
  • Field of study 2 — Scotland: independence and kingship, 1249–1334
    Key issues
    —Contribution of William Wallace, 1297–1305
    —Succession and peace, 1324–34
  • Field of study 3 — Scotland: from the Treaty of Union to the Enlightenment, 1707–1815
    Key issues
    —The Kirk
    —The Enlightenment
  • Field of study 4 — USA: ‘a house divided’, 1850–65
    Key issues
    —The military conflict
    —The election of 1864
  • Field of study 5 — Japan: the modernisation of a nation, 1840–1920
    Key issues
    —Society and culture in the mid-19th century
    —Economy and government in the mid-19th century
  • Field of study 6 — Germany: from democracy to dictatorship, 1918–39
    Key issues
    —Treaty of Versailles: its political and economic significance
    —Economic and foreign policies, 1933–39
  • Field of study 7 — South Africa: race and power, 1902–84
    Key issues
    —South Africa and World War II
    —The growth of African Nationalism, 1948–60
  • Field of study 8 — Russia: from Tsarism to Stalinism, 1914–45
    Key issues
    —The international context, 1917–24
    —The Soviet state: from War Communism to New Economic Policy, 1918–24
  • Field of study 9 — the Spanish Civil War: causes, conflict and consequences, 1923–45
    Key issues
    —The fall of the monarchy
    —The nature of the new Republic
  • Field of study 10 — Britain: at war and peace, 1938–51
    Key issues
    —The war and the British economy
    —Conservative recovery and Labour’s defeat

Teachers and lecturers can deliver the course as normal.

Pages 5–30 of the Advanced Higher History Course Specification give more information on the key issues that will be assessed.

These modifications also apply to the Advanced Higher History Gaelic-medium course.

Human Biology Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment: this has been removed for session 2022-23.

Question paper: no changes.

Italian National 3

There will be no modifications for session 2022–23.

Italian National 4

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Italian National 5

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment–writing: this has been removed for session 2022–23.

Italian Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment–writing: this has been removed for session 2022–23.

Italian Advanced Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Performance–talking: the length of time is reduced from 20 to 15 minutes and the requirement to discuss the portfolio is removed.

Latin National 3

There will be no modifications for session 2022–23.

Latin National 4

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Latin National 5

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Question paper 1 (Literary Appreciation): candidates will answer on one author only.

Latin Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Question paper 1 (Literary Appreciation): candidates will answer on one author only.

Latin Advanced Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Question paper (Translating): the verse translating has been removed.

Question paper (Literary Appreciation): we will let centres know which authors' prescribed texts will be assessed by the end of August 2022. Note: these will be different from the authors’ prescribed texts that were assessed in 2021–22.

Mandarin (Simplified) National 3

There will be no modifications for session 2022–23.

Mandarin (Simplified) National 4

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Mandarin (Simplified) National 5

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment–writing: this has been removed for session 2022–23.

Mandarin (Simplified) Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment–writing: this has been removed for session 2022–23.

Mandarin (Simplified) Advanced Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Performance–talking: the length of time is reduced from 20 to 15 minutes and the requirement to discuss the portfolio is removed.

Mandarin (Traditional) National 3

There will be no modifications for session 2022–23.

Mandarin (Traditional) National 4

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Mandarin (Traditional) National 5

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment–writing: this has been removed for session 2022–23.

Mandarin (Traditional) Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment–writing: this has been removed for session 2022–23.

Mandarin (Traditional) Advanced Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Performance–talking: the length of time is reduced from 20 to 15 minutes and the requirement to discuss the portfolio is removed.

Matamataig (Mathematics) National 4

See National 4 Mathematics for modifications.

Matamataig (Mathematics) National 5

See National 5 Mathematics for modifications.

Matamataig (Mathematics) Higher

See Higher Mathematics for modifications.

Matamataig (Mathematics) Advanced Higher

See Advanced Higher Mathematics for modifications.

Mathematics National 4

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

These modifications also apply to the National 4 Mathematics Gaelic-medium course.

Mathematics National 5

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

The following content will not be assessed in the question papers in session 2022–23: vectors, similarity, 3D coordinates.

These modifications also apply to the National 5 Mathematics Gaelic-medium course.

Mathematics Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

The following content will not be assessed in the question papers in session 2022–23: vectors, recurrence relations.

These modifications also apply to the Higher Mathematics Gaelic-medium course.

Mathematics Advanced Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

The following content will not be assessed in the question papers in session 2022–23: finding the asymptotes to the graphs of rational functions, investigating features of graphs and sketching graphs of functions, calculating a vector product, working with lines in three dimensions, working with planes.

These modifications also apply to the Advanced Higher Mathematics Gaelic-medium course.

Mathematics of Mechanics Advanced Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

The following content will not be assessed in the question paper in session 2022–23: using moments to find the centre of a mass of a body, determining the turning effect of force.

Media National 3

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Analysing Media Content: the number of concepts to be assessed for assessment standards 1.2 and 1.4 is reduced to one relevant context-based key aspect.

Media National 4

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Analysing Media Content: the number of concepts to be assessed for assessment standards 1.2 and 1.4 is reduced to one relevant context-based key aspect.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Media National 5

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment: in section 1, questions 2 and 3 are replaced by a single question (reduction of 5 marks). In section 2, candidates only need to discuss and evaluate four instead of five examples from their media content.

Question paper: we will let centres know concepts and key aspects that will be assessed by the end of August 2022. Note: these will be different from the concepts and key aspects that were assessed in 2021–22.

Media Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment: only one response on content research is required (reduction of 5 marks). There is an option to answer on production roles and/or institutional context research (reduction of 5 marks).

Question paper 1: in section 1 Analysis of Media Content, candidates only need to answer one question from questions 1 and 2 (reduction of 20 marks).

Modern Studies National 3

There will be no modifications for session 2022–23.

This also applies to the National 3 Modern Studies Gaelic-medium course.

Modern Studies National 4

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

These modifications also apply to the National 4 Modern Studies Gaelic-medium course.

Modern Studies National 5

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment: this has been removed for session 2022-23.

Question paper, session 2022-23:

  • the 8-mark 'explain' question will be in Section 1: Democracy in Scotland and the United Kingdom.
  • in each option within each section there will be a subtopic area of content that will not be directly assessed in the 2023 question paper. These subtopics are:

Section 1: Democracy in Scotland and the United Kingdom
Option 1: Democracy in Scotland
Representation
Option 2: Democracy in the United Kingdom
Representation

Section 2: Social Issues in the United Kingdom
Option 1: Social Inequality
Nature of social inequality
Option 2: Crime and the Law
Nature of crime

Section 3: International Issues
Option 1: World Power
Effectiveness in tackling social and economic issues
Option 2: World Issue
Evaluation of international organisation(s) in tackling the conflict/issue

These modifications also apply to the National 5 Modern Studies Gaelic-medium course.

Modern Studies Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment: this has been removed for session 2022-23.

Question paper 1: the number of optional extended-response questions in each section will increase.

These modifications also apply to the Higher Modern Studies Gaelic-medium course.

Modern Studies Advanced Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Question paper: there will be optionality for each 30-mark extended-response question: within each section, each topic area will contain a choice of two 30-mark extended-response questions.

These modifications also apply to the Advanced Higher Modern Studies Gaelic-medium course.

Music National 3

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Composing Skills unit: assessment standard 1.1 does not need to be assessed.

Performing Skills unit: there are no modifications for this unit. Candidates must perform on two instruments, or one instrument and voice.

Understanding Music unit: there are no modifications for this unit.

Music National 4

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Composing Skills unit: assessment standards 1.1 and 1.2 do not need to be assessed.

Performing Skills unit: there are no modifications for this unit. Candidates must perform on two instruments, or one instrument and voice.

Understanding Music unit: there are no modifications for this unit.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Music National 5

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment: the composing part from the course assessment has been removed. However, centres should continue to teach composing skills. It is important that candidates have opportunities to develop and demonstrate the required skills, knowledge and understanding from across the whole course, as outlined in the course specification. This will support them as they progress to the next stage in their learning.

Performance: the minimum programme duration will be 6 minutes but must not exceed 6 minutes and 30 seconds. Candidates must perform on two instruments or one instrument and voice. Candidate must perform a minimum of two pieces on both instruments or instrument and voice. Drum kit players must perform three styles, rather than four.

Modified course structure:
Question paper: 40 marks (40%)
Performance — instrument 1: 30 marks (30%)
Performance — instrument 2: 30 marks (30%)

Music Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment: the composing part from the course assessment is removed. However, centres should continue to teach composing skills. It is important that candidates have opportunities to develop and demonstrate the required skills, knowledge and understanding from across the whole course, as outlined in the course specification. This will support them as they progress to the next stage in their learning.

Performance: the minimum programme duration will be 10 minutes but must not exceed 11 minutes. Candidates must perform on two instruments or one instrument and voice. Candidate must perform a minimum of two pieces on both instruments or instrument and voice. Drum kit players must perform four styles, rather than five.

Modified course structure:
Question paper: 40 marks (40%)
Performance — instrument 1: 30 marks (30%)
Performance — instrument 2: 30 marks (30%)

Music Advanced Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment: the composing part from the course assessment is removed. However, centres should continue to teach composing skills. It is important that candidates have opportunities to develop and demonstrate the required skills, knowledge and understanding from across the whole course, as outlined in the course specification. This will support them as they progress to the next stage in their learning.

Performance: the minimum programme duration will be 15 minutes but must not exceed 17 minutes. Candidates must perform on two instruments or one instrument and voice. Candidate must perform a minimum of two pieces on both instruments or instrument and voice. Drum kit players must perform five styles, rather than six.

Modified course structure:
Question paper: 40 marks (40%)
Performance — instrument 1: 30 marks (30%)
Performance — instrument 2: 30 marks (30%)

Music Technology National 3

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Understanding 20th and 21st Century Music unit: assessment standard 1.2 does not need to be assessed.

Music Technology in Context and Music Technology Skills units: there are no modifications to these units.

Music Technology National 4

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Music Technology in Context, Music Technology Skills and Understanding 20th and 21st Century Music units: there are no modifications to these units.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Music Technology National 5

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment: this has two tasks:
Task one: audio capture will not be assessed, and candidates must create a radio broadcast. Candidates can use the files provided by SQA for session 2020–21 in their radio broadcast or, if time allows, capture their own audio.
Task two, candidates must create another production in another context.

Question paper: the awareness of the implications of intellectual property rights will not be assessed (question 6 of the specimen question paper).

Modified course structure:
Question paper: 36 marks (30%)
Assignment: 90 marks (70%)

Music Technology Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment: the requirement for candidates to select and use virtual and/or MIDI instruments to create electronic sound and/or music has been removed.

Question paper
The following content will not be assessed:

  • awareness of the implications of intellectual property rights in the context of music production (question 5 of the specimen question paper)
  • understanding of how music technology has influenced, and been influenced by, developments in 20th and 21st century music and by key innovators (question 7 of the specimen question paper)

Modified course structure:
Question paper: 32 marks (30%)
Assignment: 80 marks (70%)

Music Technology Advanced Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Projects: these will remain combined. The research and production aspects of the project should be linked.

Modified course structure:
Project: 130 marks (100%)

Music: Portfolio Advanced Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment: this has been removed for session 2022–23.

Performance: the minimum programme duration will be 5 minutes, but must not exceed 7 minutes. Candidates must perform a minimum of two pieces on their instrument or voice. Drum kit players must perform five styles, rather than six.

Portfolio: the volume of assessment has been reduced. Candidates are required to create a portfolio of a minimum duration of 5 minutes but must not exceed 7 minutes.

Modified course structure:
Question paper: 40 marks (40%)
Performance: 30 marks (25%)
Portfolio: 30 marks (35%)

Nuadh-Eolas (Modern Studies) National 3

There will be no modifications for session 2022–23.

Nuadh-Eolas (Modern Studies) National 4

See National 4 Modern Studies for modifications.

Nuadh-Eolas (Modern Studies) National 5

See National 5 Modern Studies for modifications.

Nuadh-Eolas (Modern Studies) Higher

See Higher Modern Studies for modifications.

Nuadh-Eolas (Modern Studies) Advanced Higher

See Advanced Higher Modern Studies for modifications.

People and Society National 3

There will be no modifications for session 2022–23.

People and Society National 4

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Philosophy National 5

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment: this has been removed for session 2022-23.

Question paper: optional questions will allow candidates to answer on either Descartes or Hume.

Philosophy Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Question paper: optional questions will allow candidates to answer on either Descartes or Hume. Candidates may answer questions on the same philosopher in both question papers.

Photography Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Project: the number of final images required for the project has been reduced from 12 to 8.

We have provided guidance to assist centres about the types of equipment candidates could use (for example mobile phones and tablets) and what topics are less time-consuming

Physical Education National 3

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Performance Skills unit (H252 73 SCQF level 3): there will be no modifications for session 2022–23.

Factors Impacting on Performance unit (H254 73 SCQF level 3): we have published guidance about collecting information on whole performance by reflecting on previous performance and reviewing the potential impact of improvements.

Physical Education National 4

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Performance Skills unit (H252 74 SCQF level 4): we have published guidance about assessing co-operation if physical distancing is required.

Factors Impacting on Performance unit (H254 74 SCQF level 4): we have published guidance about collecting information on whole performance by reflecting on previous performance and considering the potential impact of improvements.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Performance unit (H255 74 SCQF level 4): we have published guidance about assessing appropriate etiquette by observing candidates pre, during and post-performance if required.

Physical Education National 5

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Coursework assessment task: this has been modified to assess candidate ability to effectively perform in one physical activity instead of two.

Performance assessment item: extent to which rules and regulations are followed and etiquette is displayed (including working with others): ‘Working with others’ can be assessed by observing the level of cooperation demonstrated through interactions with an opponent or partner while observing physical distancing. Appropriate etiquette can be observed through adhering to rules or demonstrating suitable behaviour pre-, during, or post-performance.

Portfolio guidance
Q2a and 2e

  • Candidates can collect information on ‘whole performances’ in team/group activities from reflecting on a previous performance and make use of teacher/coach feedback to identify and corroborate agreed strengths and areas for development. The involvement of the teacher/coach would provide increased validity and reliability of the information collected.

Q3e

  • Candidates can use personal reflections about the effectiveness of the personal performance plan (PDP) process to enable them to make evaluative statements about the potential impact of improvements on whole performance and the targets set. Alternatively, centres can advise candidates to complete PDP processes using activities where whole performance information will be available before and after completion of the PDP.
Physical Education Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Coursework assessment task: this has been modified to assess candidate ability to effectively perform in one physical activity instead of two.

Performance assessment item: extent to which rules and regulations are followed and etiquette is displayed (including working with others): ‘Working with others’ can be assessed by observing the level of cooperation demonstrated through interactions with an opponent or partner while observing physical distancing. Appropriate etiquette can be observed through adhering to rules or demonstrating suitable behaviour pre-, during, or post-performance.

Question paper
Area of mandatory content: key planning information — interpretation of qualitative and quantitative information to allow identification of strengths and prioritise areas for development.

  • Personal reflections about the effectiveness of the personal development plan (PDP) can be supported by test results and/or focused data collection.
  • Qualitative information can be the basis for strengths and weaknesses being identified and prioritised. The use of a teacher, lecturer or coach to corroborate judgements would provide further validity and/or reliability.

Area of mandatory content: recording, monitoring and evaluating performance development – evaluation of the PDP process – making informed decisions based on evidence recorded from the monitoring process to judge the effectiveness of the performance development process.

  • Personal reflections about the effectiveness of the PDP can be supported by test results and/or focused data collection. This would enable candidates to make evaluative statements about the potential impact of improvements on whole performance and targets set.
Physical Education Advanced Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Performance
Assessment item: extent to which rules and regulations are followed and etiquette is displayed (including working with others): ‘Working with others’ can be assessed by observing the level of cooperation demonstrated through interactions with an opponent or partner while observing physical distancing. Appropriate etiquette can be observed through adhering to rules or demonstrating suitable behaviour pre-, during, or post-performance.

Project
Stage 1: collecting information to analyse factor(s) impacting performance.

  • Qualitative information from personal reflections can be used as a source for candidates to consider how the different factors can influence effective performance. Relevant results from recognised tests and analytical tools will also provide evidence of the impact of these factors upon a performance. Information from these could be qualitative and/or quantitative.

Stage 4: analysing progress and evaluating the performance development process, including considering future development needs.

  • Personal reflections about the effectiveness of the PDP process can be supported by test results and/or focused data collection. This would enable candidates to make evaluative statements about the potential impact of improvements on whole performance and targets set.
Physics National 3

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

The requirement to complete outcome 1 in all units has been removed, with the exception of J20D 76 and J2B9 77.

There are no modifications to J20D 76 Researching Physics and J2B9 77 Investigating Physics in session 2022–23.

Physics National 4

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

The requirement to complete outcome 1 in all units has been removed for session 2022–23.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Physics National 5

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment: this has been removed for session 2022-23.

Question paper: no changes.

Physics Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment: this has been removed for session 2022-23.

Question paper: no changes.

Physics Advanced Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Project: this has been removed for session 2022-23.

Question paper: no changes.

Politics Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment: this has been removed for session 2022-23.

Question paper 1: for session 2022–23, section 1 will contain the 12-mark extended-response questions, and in this section there will be a choice of three questions, one from each content area.

Practical Cake Craft National 5

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

There is no requirement to link the assignment and practical activity.

Assignment: only section 1 required.

Practical activity: evidence could either be based on one cake, or individual pieces of evidence could be collected on a portfolio basis.

Practical Cookery National 3

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Outcome 2 has been removed from the Understanding and Using Ingredients unit.

Practical Cookery National 4

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Outcome 2 has been removed from the Understanding and Using Ingredients unit.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Practical Cookery National 5

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

New recipes for the practical activity will be developed for session 2022–23 and these will only be available from SQA’s secure website.

Practical Craft Skills National 3

There will be no modifications for session 2022–23.

Practical Electronics National 4

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Practical Electronics National 5

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Question paper: this has been removed for session 2022–23.

Practical Metalworking National 4

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Practical Metalworking National 5

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Practical activity: the 2020–21 practical activity will be reissued.

Question paper: this has been removed for session 2022–23.

Practical Woodworking National 4

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Practical Woodworking National 5

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Practical activity: the 2020–21 practical activity will be reissued.

Question paper: this has been removed for session 2022–23.

Psychology National 5

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment: assignment conditions have been eased, allowing teachers and lecturers to suggest the research topic to candidates.

Question paper: optional questions from both sections of the question paper have been removed, and the mark allocation for the mandatory topic in both sections will increase to 25 marks. The total mark allocation for the question paper will reduce from 70 to 50 marks, and the duration from 2 hours to 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Psychology Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment: assignment conditions have been eased, allowing teachers and lecturers to suggest the research topic to candidates.

Question paper: optional questions from both sections of the question paper have been removed, and the mark allocation for the mandatory topic in both sections will be 30 marks. The total mark allocation for the question paper will be 60 marks, and the duration will reduce from 2 hours and 40 minutes to 2 hours.

Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies National 3

There will be no modifications for session 2022–23.

Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies National 4

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies National 5

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment: this has been removed for session 2022–23.

Teachers and lecturers should deliver the course as normal, however the following areas from the Morality and Belief section will not be assessed in the 2023 question paper, and centres will be free to decide timing and depth of delivery, and any internal assessment of these subtopics.

Section 2: Morality and Belief

Part A: Morality and Justice

  • causes of crime: poverty, environment, psychological factors

Part B: Morality and Relationships

  • marriage: arranged marriages, co-habitation, same-sex marriages, divorce

Part C: Morality, Environment and Global Issues

  • environmental crises: global warming, depletion of resources, biodiversity

Part D: Morality, Medicine and the Human Body

  • use of embryos: reproductive, research, therapeutic

Part E: Morality and Conflict

  • modern armaments: weapons of mass destruction, smart weapons, conventional weapons
Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022-23.

Assignment: this has been removed for session 2022–23.

Some subtopic areas of content will not be assessed in the 2023 question paper. Teachers and lecturers should deliver the course as normal, however the following areas from the Morality and Belief section will not be assessed in the 2023 question paper, and centres will be free to decide timing and depth of delivery, and any internal assessment of these subtopics.

Section 2: Morality and Belief

Part A: Morality and Justice

  • causes of crime: environmental influences, psychological factors

Part B: Morality and Relationships

  • marriage: arranged marriage, forced marriage, same-sex marriage, divorce

Part C: Morality, Environment and Global Issues

  • environmental issues: climate change, depletion of resources, biodiversity

Part D: Morality, Medicine and the Human Body

  • use of embryos: reproductive, therapeutic, research

Part E: Morality and Conflict

  • modern armaments: weapons of mass destruction, conventional weapons, smart weapons
Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies Advanced Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Project–dissertation: no changes.

Question paper: we will let centres know the areas of the course that will be assessed in the source questions by the end of August 2022. Note: these will be different from the areas that were assessed in 2021–22.

Science National 3

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

The requirement to complete outcome 1 in all units has been removed.

Science National 4

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

The requirement to complete outcome 1 in all units has been removed.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Sociology National 5

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment: no changes.

Question paper: the Social Issues section has been removed. There are now two sections:

Question 1: Human Society (30 marks)
Question 2: Culture and Identity (20 marks)

The total mark allocation for the question paper has reduced from 70 to 50 marks, and the duration has reduced from 2 hours to 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Sociology Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment: no changes.

Question paper: the Social Issues section has been removed. There are now two sections:

Question 1: Human Society (30 marks)
Question 2: Culture and Identity (25 marks)

The total mark allocation for the question paper has reduced from 80 to 55 marks, and the duration has reduced from 2 hours and 40 minutes to 1 hour and 50 minutes.

Spanish National 3

There will be no modifications for session 2022–23.

Spanish National 4

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Spanish National 5

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment–writing: this has been removed for session 2022–23.

Spanish Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment–writing: this has been removed for session 2022–23.

Spanish Advanced Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Performance–talking: the length of time is reduced from 20 to 15 minutes and the requirement to discuss the portfolio is removed.

Statistics Advanced Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

The following content will not be assessed in the question papers in session 2022-23:

  • using control charts.
Urdu National 3

There will be no modifications for session 2022–23.

Urdu National 4

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Urdu National 5

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment–writing: this has been removed for session 2022–23.

Urdu Higher

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assignment–writing: this has been removed for session 2022–23.

Art and Design Freestanding unit

J1YA 75 Expressive Activity (SCQF level 5)

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Outcome 2
Assessment standard 2.2: the number of analytical drawings and/or studies required has been reduced from three to two.
Assessment standard 2.5: there is no requirement to complete this assessment standard.

Art and Design Freestanding unit

J222 76 Expressive Activity (SCQF level 6)

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Outcome 2
Assessment standard 2.2: the number of analytical drawings and/or studies required has been reduced from three to two.
Assessment standard 2.5: there is no requirement to complete this assessment standard.

Biology Freestanding unit

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

The requirement to complete outcome 1 in all units has been removed.

Chemistry Freestanding unit

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

The requirement to complete outcome 1 in all units has been removed, with the exception of J204 76 and J2BH 77.

There are no modifications to J204 76 Researching Chemistry and J2BH 77 Researching Chemistry in session 2022–23.

Dance Freestanding unit

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

J28B 75 Dance: Technical Skills (SCQF level 5)
Guidance for delivering technique lessons.

J28D 75 Dance: Choreography (SCQF level 5)
Guidance regarding suitable choreographic devices, spatial elements, and group sizes for choreographies.

Dance Freestanding unit

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

J28C 76 Dance: Technical Skills (SCQF level 6)
Guidance for delivering technique lessons.

J28E 76 Dance: Choreography (SCQF level 6)
Guidance regarding suitable choreographic devices, spatial elements, and group sizes for choreographies.

English Freestanding unit

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

There is no requirement to assess talk in the following units:

  • Literacy (SCQF level 5)
  • English: Creation and Production (SCQF level 5)
  • English: Creation and Production (SCQF level 6)
Environmental Science Freestanding unit

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

The requirement to complete outcome 1 in all units is removed for session 2022–23.

Health and Food Technology Freestanding unit

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Assessment standards 2.2 and 2.3 have been removed from the Food for Health unit.

Only one investigation should be undertaken in the Food Product Development unit.

Human Biology Freestanding unit

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

The requirement to complete outcome 1 in all units has been removed.

Physical Education Freestanding unit

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Performance Skills unit (J26D 75 SCQF level 5): we have published guidance about assessing cooperation while maintaining physical distancing.

Factors Impacting on Performance unit (J26G 75 SCQF level 5): we have published guidance about collecting information on whole performance by reflecting on previous performance and evaluating the potential impact of improvements.

Physical Education Freestanding unit

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Performance Skills unit (J26E 76 SCQF level 6): we have published guidance about assessing cooperation while maintaining physical distancing, appropriate reactions and safe adaptations in response to challenging variables.

Factors Impacting on Performance unit (J26J 76 SCQF level 6): we have published guidance about producing a Personal Development Plan and using personal reflections to evaluate the potential impact of improvements.

Physical Education Freestanding unit

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

Performance Skills unit (J26F 77 SCQF level 7): there will be no modifications for session 2022–23.

Factors Impacting on Performance unit (J26K 77 SCQF level 7): we have published guidance about analysing the impact of the factors on performance and using personal reflections to evaluate the potential impact of improvements.

Physics Freestanding unit

The current modifications will remain in place for session 2022–23.

The requirement to complete outcome 1 in all units has been removed, with the exception of J20D 76 and J2B9 77.

There are no modifications to J20D 76 Researching Physics and J2B9 77 Investigating Physics in session 2022–23.