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SQA News 22 February 2024

Understanding Standards - new subject-specific materials available

We’ve published new Understanding Standards materials for Art and Design, Biology, Care, Chemistry, Media, and Psychology.

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





We’ve also published a recording of our recent National 5 Media webinar (January 2024) on the Understanding Standards materials section of the SQA Secure website (log-in required).


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