National Qualifications — prior verification

Prior verification is a free service offered to centres that devise their own summative unit assessments, or that significantly change SQA’s assessments to suit their particular local needs. The service gives centres additional confidence that their proposed assessment is fit for purpose and meets national standards.

Submitting a prior verification request

Centres can submit prior verification requests for all levels and all units from National 1 to Advanced Higher. Before you start to develop a new assessment approach, you should ensure you use both the most up to date unit specification and 'Understanding the Next Steps' documents.

Please ensure that you read the NQ Prior Verification centre guidance before submitting any prior verification requests.

Please use the NQ Prior Verification Form to submit your requests.

Prior verification requests may be submitted at any time.

We will work as fast as we can to complete your request, but please be aware it may take up to six weeks.

NQ Prior Verification Team

If you have any queries please contact the Prior Verification Team at nqpv@sqa.org.uk or telephone 0345 213 6766.