Graded Units

We have reviewed our approaches to assessment for all qualification types, to help centres with assessment under the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

Following this review, we are removing the need to complete the assessment of Graded Units (exam-based and project-based) in HNC, HND and SQA Advanced Qualifications for session 2020-21.

A small number of exceptions exist, for example, where the qualification is linked with registration with a professional association or has mandatory responsibilities under a Qualification Partnership Agreement. See the full list of exceptions (59 KB).

We are aware that some assessment plans and related activities may already be underway in centres so, where this is the case, centres can continue with arrangements which best suit the teaching, learning and assessment needs of deliverers and candidates.

The following information applies to centres who are not delivering Graded Units in 2020-21.

What does this mean for centres?

What does this mean for candidates?

Guidance for centres

We have published guidance for centres in gathering key evidence to support decisions on grading of Graded Units in HNs and SQA Advanced Qualifications in session 2020-21:

FAQs for centres and learners

We have also provided frequently asked questions on graded units in HN and SQA Advanced Qualifications in 2020-21 for both centres and learners:

Further information on the adaptation to Quality Assurance activity will be communicated to all centres prior to qualification verification selections being released to centres.

Enquiries should be directed to: operationshnvq@sqa.org.uk.

Graded Unit specifications are available on the HN Unit Search.