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SQA News 21 March 2024

New subject-specific Understanding Standards materials

We’ve published new Understanding Standards materials for Art and Design, Design and Manufacture, Environmental Science, Music Technology and Physics. 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

Design and Manufacture

Environmental Science


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 all the latest Understanding Standards materials, visit

Secure Understanding Standards materials

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

Music Technology