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SQA News 17 August 2023

Assessment of National Qualifications from session 2023-24

Most National Courses have now returned to full assessment requirements for session 2023-24 onwards. This includes reinstating coursework and exams that were removed from National 5 to Advanced Higher courses during the Covid-19 pandemic and reinstating National 4 added value units.

In 28 courses, we have kept some or all modifications to assessment where there was evidence that they had a positive impact on the course 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 that are keeping modifications:

Applications of Mathematics

Art and Design

Computing Science





Fashion and Textile Technology

Graphic Communication





The updated documents 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 on the back page that explains the changes we have made.

Please refer to the updated documents when preparing your learners for assessment this session.

We will publish updated specimen question papers, unit assessment support packs and remaining coursework assessment tasks by the end of August.