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SQA News 11 January 2024

Understanding Standards - new subject-specific materials available

Over the last week, we’ve published new Understanding Standards materials for Art and Design, Economics, Health and Food Technology, Geography, Photography, and Practical Cake Craft.

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

The following materials are now available:

Art and Design



Health and Food Technology


Practical Cake Craft


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.