SQA publishes 2022 National Qualifications Course Reports

Thursday 22 September 2022

SQA will publish the 2022 National Qualifications course reports from today (Thursday 22 September), providing a summary of how learners performed in their exams and coursework for each subject at National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher level.

SQA’s Principal Assessors and other senior appointees – experienced teachers and lecturers – write the course reports with a view to highlighting examples of where candidates have performed well in their external assessments, as well as where improvements could be made. These informative reports support the education community’s understanding of assessment standards and requirements, as well as providing insight on how best to prepare the next cohort of learners. 

The first reports to be published today include English and Mathematics at all levels. All other reports will be available from the individual National Qualifications subject pages in the coming weeks.

Dr Gill Stewart, Director of Qualifications Development at SQA, said: “As learners returned to formal national exams for the first time since 2019, it was right that SQA put in place a package of support including modifications to course assessments, alongside wider measures from across the education system to give learners the best opportunity possible to demonstrate their skills, knowledge and understanding.

“The course reports being published from today give teachers and lecturers the feedback they need on how candidates performed across the country this year with these measures in place. That insight, along with the confirmation earlier this year that assessment modifications will remain in place for 2023, will help them prepare learners for the assessments and exams they will sit in the spring next year.

“These reports add to the extensive resources and CPD materials SQA makes available to teachers and lecturers to support understanding of the national assessment standards.”

This is the first year that formal exams have taken place since 2019, supported by wide-ranging measures from SQA and the rest of the education system to mitigate the ongoing effects of the global pandemic.

Each report includes details of the more generous approach to grading for each course, and outlines the marks required for each grade at that level. The reports also include commentary about the package of support measures put in place to assist learners this year.