Understanding Standards

SQA's Understanding Standards programme aims to support teachers and lecturers by strengthening their understanding of the standards required for assessment in National Qualifications. We deliver a range of subject-specific events, webinars and support materials to help to build confidence in preparing learners for assessment. The type of support we provide is tailored to each subject and takes into account any feedback we have received from teachers and lecturers.

2019-20 Understanding Standards programme

Advanced Higher course events - changes to assessment from session 2019-20

From September 2019 until March 2020, we are running a programme of events for Advanced Higher courses with new or significantly revised course assessment components. Delegates will take part in workshops, where they will have the opportunity to review and discuss the revised course documents with colleagues. They will also have the opportunity to have their questions answered by senior examining team members.

Further details will be published in due course

Advanced Higher webinars - changes to assessment from session 2019-20

We are holding online webinar sessions for a number of Advanced Higher courses, to help teachers and lecturers develop their understanding of the revised course assessments. For those unable to secure a place, we will publish recordings of the webinars within six weeks of the webinar date. 

Further details will be published in due course

Higher audio presentations 

We are producing subject-specific PowerPoint presentations with an audio narration that provides guidance on the changes to assessment in Higher courses. These presentations will be available from our subject pages.

Candidate evidence and commentary materials

We are continuing to publish examples of candidate assessment evidence with a written commentary that explains why the evidence has or has not met the required assessment standards.

Available Understanding Standards materials

Understanding Standards audio presentations

View available audio presentations.

CPD Webinars

View available webinar recordings.