Prior verification for Higher National qualifications

SQA offers prior verification for centres that devise their own instruments of assessment or wish to significantly change the Higher National assessment exemplars that are published on our secure site.

The service is offered free of charge and ensures that assessments are fit for purpose. The process usually takes about six weeks but could take longer if an issue is identified, as you may be required to amend your assessment materials.

We encourage centres to make assessment tools as relevant as possible to suit local needs and to enable candidates to demonstrate their skills/knowledge. Centres are strongly encouraged to seek prior verification of locally devised instruments of assessment and their associated marking schemes.

Requests for prior verification must be submitted through your SQA Co-ordinator, using the Prior Verification Request Form.