Fashion and Textile Technology: Quality Assurance - external verification

External verification is part of SQA’s quality assurance process designed to ensure that a centre’s assessment approach and assessment judgements are valid, reliable and meet national standards.

All SQA internal assessments must be internally verified by centres.

Unit assessment

The new qualifications offer opportunities for personalisation and choice. Teachers and lecturers have more flexibility to determine the most appropriate methods of assessment for individual learners, and to use their professional judgement in determining whether or not a candidate’s evidence meets the Outcomes and Assessment Standards of the Unit.

Any evidence for assessment must be of a type that allows valid judgements to be made against Outcomes and Assessment Standards. Candidate evidence for Unit assessment in this subject is therefore likely to include some of the following:

SQA has anticipated that all Units for this subject are likely to require visiting verification. Guidance on evidence to be presented during a verification visit can be found in the Evidence for visiting verification document.

National 5 and Higher Course assessment

National 5 and Higher is in the Evidence for external verification of National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher internally-assessed Components of Course assessment (514 KB) document. Please note that for Higher only Stage 2: Making the fashion/textile item (Component 2) is internally- assessed.

Further information on verification can be found at