Literacy and Numeracy

Updates and announcements

Understanding Standards materials 2015-16

We have published further Understanding Standards materials for National 5 Literacy Units. The following materials are available from our secure website and you can arrange access to them through your SQA Co-ordinator.

  • Literacy Outcome 1: Reading (published December 2015)
  • Literacy Outcome 2: Listening (published December 2015)
  • Literacy Outcome 3: Writing (published December 2015)
  • Literacy Outcome 4: Talking (published December 2015)

These materials must be stored securely and treated as confidential.

English common questions

Mathematics common questions

Qualification content and delivery tools

Mandatory information

Literacy Unit Specifications in English

These provide an outline of what each Unit will cover and detail the Outcomes and Assessment Standards.

Literacy Unit Specifications in Gàidhlig

These provide an outline of what each Unit will cover and detail the Outcomes and Assessment Standards.

Numeracy Unit Specifications

These provide an outline of what each Unit will cover and detail the Outcomes and Assessment Standards..

Advice and guidance

Literacy - Unit Support Notes

These provide advice and guidance for teachers/lecturers on learning, teaching and assessment within the Units.

If a Unit is being done on a free-standing basis, notes need only be read along with the Unit Specification.

Numeracy - Unit Support Notes

These provide advice and guidance for teachers/lecturers on learning, teaching and assessment within the Units.

If a Unit is being done on a free-standing basis, notes need only be read along with the Unit Specification.

Assessment support

Unit Assessment Support Materials

These documents contain details of Unit assessment task(s), show approaches to gathering evidence and how the evidence can be judged against the Outcomes and Assessment Standards. Teachers/lecturers can arrange access to these confidential documents through their SQA Co-ordinator.

Bridging packs for Literacy (National 5), Gàidhlig: Literacy (National 5) and Numeracy (National 5) are now available and teachers/lecturers can arrange access to these documents through their SQA Co-ordinator.

Annotated Unit assessment support is available for Literacy Units at National 3 and National 4. These documents are designed to encourage and promote inclusive practice in the assessment of the National Literacy Units, particularly where learners may have reading and writing difficulties. Teachers/lecturers can arrange access to these documents through their SQA Co-ordinator.

Verification

Resources

Understanding Standards

Please note: Understanding Standards material is regularly reviewed to ensure it remains up to date.

Examples of candidate evidence and commentaries for unit assessment can be found on the SQA Secure Site. You can access these through your SQA Coordinator.