Physical Education: 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 some Units for this subject will have candidate evidence suitable for submission for a verification event, and others are likely to require visiting verification. Details of this are in the document Types of verification for Units. Guidance on evidence to be presented in each case, including formats for submitting candidate evidence for events, can be found in the Evidence for visiting verification and Evidence for verification events documents.

If recordings of performances are made for the purposes of verification, centres must ensure that the quality is sufficiently high to allow an External Verifier to verify the centre’s assessment judgements.

National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher Course assessment

Information on evidence of verification of the internally assessed components of Course assessment at National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher is in the Evidence for external verification of National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher internally-assessed Components of Course assessment (514 KB) document.

Further information on verification can be found at

National 2

The types of evidence submitted for external verification will influence the quality of feedback External Verifiers are able to give to centres. For National 2 Units, while observation checklists will often be used as a means of recording evidence, centres are encouraged to submit for external verification other forms of evidence, if available, to supplement their checklist evidence. This will allow External Verifiers to provide more detailed and meaningful feedback. Additional guidance on evidence for verification of National 2 Units (116 KB) is available.

Much of the evidence for assessment at National 2 is likely to be naturally-occurring – produced during learning and teaching rather than in response to an assessment task. For verification purposes, centres should ensure that they provide sufficient details of any direction or instructions used in this context to allow the External Verifier to assess the validity of the centre’s assessment judgements of that evidence.

Further information on verification can be found here