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SQA News 15 February 2024

Understanding Standards - new subject-specific materials available

We’ve published new Understanding Standards materials for Higher Art and Design, National 3 and National 4 Drama, and National 5 and Higher ESOL - including a recording of our recent ESOL webinar.

These materials explain the national standards required for assessments and show how marks are awarded.

The following materials are now available from our Understanding Standards website:

Art and Design


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

Secure Understanding Standards materials

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