SQA publishes additional information on 2023 appeal outcomes

Tuesday 5 December 2023

SQA has published additional information regarding the National Qualification appeal outcomes; by subject and SCQF level, by sex, by centre type, and by SIMD level. 

This follows the publication of the provisional summary of appeals on Tuesday 7 November when learners across the country were also informed of the outcome of their individual appeal requests.

This year, 39,660 (7.3%) of the 540,920 certificated grades for National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher were appealed in 2023. In total, 3,980 appeals (10.0%) resulted in an upgrade.

The proportion of entries resulting in an appeal request this year was highest for Higher level courses and lowest for National 5.

Fiona Robertson, SQA’s Chief Executive and Scotland’s Chief Examining Officer, said: “Every year, SQA’s role is to evaluate learners’ performance in assessments in an equitable and fair way, while ensuring standards are maintained so that our qualifications remain credible – and this year was no different.

“The appeals service is the final stage of the National Qualifications awarding process in 2023 and gave learners across the country a safety net so they could query any unexpected result, directly and for free. Today, we have published additional information on appeals outcomes in 2023.  

“Our appointees – experienced teachers and lecturers from across the country – are essential to qualifications delivery in Scotland, and we called upon their expertise again during the appeals process. Their understanding of standards ensures that young people have the best opportunity to successfully demonstrate their knowledge and skills and have their achievements recognised and recorded fairly. This provides a strong foundation on which to build the next stage of their learning, training, or employment.”

Links to published reports

Read the reports on the appeals pages of our website - this includes the Summary of Appeal Outcomes 2023; Appeals Reports Tables 2023; Appeals Report Tables 2023 - Centre Type; and Appeals Reports Tables 2023 - SIMD.