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SQA News 30 November 2023

Understanding Standards - new materials available

We’ve published new Understanding Standards materials for a range of National Courses.

These materials explain the national standards required for assessments and show how marks are awarded. You can also use them with your learners to help prepare them for assessment.

Candidate evidence and commentary materials include a written commentary from an SQA senior examiner, which explains how many marks were awarded to each candidate and why.

To view and access the latest Understanding Standards materials, visit

This week, we’ve published new Understanding Standards materials for the following courses:

Applications of Mathematics


Classical Studies



The following Drama materials are available from the SQA Secure website (log-in required):

Environmental Science



Human Biology


Mathematics of Mechanics


Modern Studies

Physical Education

We've also published videos for each level where we look at the examples individually and discuss the marks awarded.




The following RMPS materials are available from the SQA Secure website (log-in required):



Access Understanding Standards materials for your subjects

To access Understanding Standards materials for each subject, please visit our Understanding Standards website at  

You can also access Understanding Standards materials from the Understanding Standards tab on each of our NQ subject webpages at

We publish some Understanding Standards materials on the SQA Secure website for assessments where candidate evidence must be kept secure and confidential. Please arrange access to these materials through your SQA co-ordinator.