Support materials

Range of materials to support the delivery and assessment of Core Skills.

Assessment Support Packs and exemplar materials

National Qualification Core Skills Units

There are also exemplar assessment packs available on our secure website.

Workplace Assessed Core Skills Units ASPs

Guide to Assessing Workplace Core Skills

Guide to Assessing Workplace Core Skills (624 KB) - helps centres understand how to assess Workplace Core Skills.

Understanding Standards

Exemplar materials in Communication, Speaking and Listening requirements (SCQF levels 3-6). Includes:

Available from our Understanding Standards website.

Case studies for Core Skills 

See how Core Skills have been used in schools and colleges.

Case studies

Qualification Verification Summary Reports

Prior verification

Centres may devise their own assessment materials or significantly change SQA assessment materials to suit their particular local/learner needs.

Prior verification is carried out by an SQA Verifier who compares the assessment materials against the Core Skills units to determine whether they meet the required standards. Should you wish to have materials prior verified, contact the Qualification Approval and Verification team or phone 0345 213 5928

Reasonable adjustments for Core Skills Communication units

The NQ Core Skills Communication units are included in SQA's response to Section 96(7) of the Equality Act 2010, which gives SQA the power to publish details of reasonable adjustments that may or may not be allowed within its qualifications. The Core Skills Communication units are specifically mentioned as part of Specification 6 , where it states that:

Further details regarding Section 96(7) of the Equality Act 2010 

Other learning and teaching resources

There are several websites that contain learning and teaching resources that could provide help to those looking for material to support the delivery of Core Skills.


Ushare links to open learning resources that have been recommended by lecturers, teachers, training providers and learners that support our qualifications.

BBC Skillswise

BBC Skillswise offers free materials for adult learners including Communication and Numeracy topics

Khan Academy

Khan Academy allows free access to short videos and computer marked practice questions including topics relating to Numeracy