Advanced Higher Modern Languages

Alternative certification model

The alternative certification model is how National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher courses will be resulted this year, following the cancellation of the 2021 exams. It involves five different stages.

View the alternative certification model and see what will happen at each stage.

Course Specification

Explains the structure of the Course, including its purpose and aims and information on the skills, knowledge and understanding that will be developed.

Gathering evidence (Jan 2021)

Past Papers and Marking Instructions

Access all past papers by subject/level

Specimen Question Papers

Illustrates the standard, structure and requirements of the question papers candidates will sit (includes marking instructions).



Gaelic (Learners)






This section provides information on marking instructions and/or the coursework assessment task(s). It includes information that centres need to administer coursework and must be read in conjunction with the course specification.


Understanding Standards (March 2021)

Additional resources session 2020-21 


Please note: For session 2020-21 there will be no external assessment for this course. The materials below should therefore be viewed along with the National 5 to Advanced Higher Course information for 2020-21.

Examples of candidate evidence with commentaries

Further examples of candidate evidence and commentaries can be found on SQA¿s secure website and you can access these through your SQA co-ordinator.

Audio presentations

Webinar Recordings

Changes to Understanding Standards

Please note: Understanding Standards materials are regularly reviewed to ensure they remain up to date.

Course reports

Course Reports

n 2017, there was no verification at this level for Gaelic (Learners).

In round 1, there was no verification for Chinese languages, Italian and Spanish. The Cantonese and Mandarin verification reports were combined in round 1 as Chinese languages.

Chinese Languages


Gaelic (Learners)




Verification Reports