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SQA News 18 January 2024

Understanding Standards - new subject-specific materials available

We’ve published new Understanding Standards materials for Accounting, Graphic Communication, Health and Food Technology, History, Photography and Practical Metalworking.

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

The materials include examples of candidate evidence and 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 from the Understanding Standards website:


Health and Food Technology



The following Understanding Standards materials are available from the Understanding Standards section of the SQA secure website (log-in required):

Graphic Communication


Practical Metalworking


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.