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.

Understanding Standards events 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. We are also running events for qualifications at other levels. Delegates will take part in workshops, where they will have the opportunity to review and discuss the revised course documents and candidate evidence with colleagues. They will also have the opportunity to have their questions answered by senior examining team members.

Attendance at any of these events can be used to contribute to Continued Professional Development (CPD). CPD certificates will be available on our events booking system shortly after each event.

Booking a Place

You can book your place using our online events booking system. We will allocate places on a first come, first served basis. Please note that places are also limited to one delegate per centre, per subject.

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. 

Book your place.

Advanced Higher audio presentations 

We are producing subject-specific PowerPoint presentations with an audio narration that provides guidance on the changes to assessment in Advanced 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.