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SQA News 1 June 2023

Updated documents for courses keeping modifications in session 2023-24

As we advised at the end of March, we are keeping modifications to assessment in 28 courses where we have seen evidence that they had a positive impact, while still allowing learners to show their skills, knowledge and understanding.

We have updated the course specifications, coursework assessment tasks, unit specifications and added value unit specifications for the following courses:

Applications of Mathematics

Art and Design

Computing Science

We will update the National 5 and Higher Computing Science coursework assessment tasks by the end of August.





Fashion and Textile Technology

We will update the National 5 and Higher Fashion and Textile Technology coursework assessment tasks by the end of August.

Gniomhachas Matamataigs (Gaelic medium Applications of Mathematics)

Graphic Communication


Matamataig (Gaelic medium Mathematics)




Downloading the documents

Please refer to the updated documents when delivering these courses with your learners in session 2023-24. The updated versions are dated May 2023 and you can access them from the NQ subject pages of our website at Each document contains a ‘history of changes’ table that explains the changes we have made.

More information

The ‘Assessment from session 2023-24’ tab on each subject webpage contains information on the modifications that are being kept for session 2023-24 onwards.

There is also a high-level table on our website that explains how courses will be assessed from session 2023-24. View high-level summary table

For courses where we are updating specimen question papers and/or unit assessment support packs, these will be available by the end of August.