Joint statement from SQA and Colleges Scotland on Higher National certification

Thursday 26 March 2020

SQA is working closely in partnership with Colleges Scotland in these unprecedented times. We are working together to recognise learner achievement in as fair a way as possible.

We have been meeting to discuss and agree our joint approach to the certification of Higher National qualifications that are delivered in colleges across Scotland. The approach is made up of two elements.

Firstly, an estimate model for internal assessment decisions, where graded units are incomplete and further progress with them is not possible.

This will enable colleges to use their professional judgement to assess other candidate evidence, including their knowledge of their candidates, their progress and achievements to date.

Given the current situation, the normal level of external verification is not possible. The second element of our approach is therefore a reduced external verification model, that will enable a reasonable level of quality assurance to be undertaken remotely, to support the safe and secure delivery of our qualifications, whilst recognising the current challenges we all face.

The full details of how this approach will work in practice are still being finalised, and we will update you as soon as we can.

In addition, we are considering alternative arrangements for other qualification types, such as National Certificates, that are delivered in colleges and will keep you updated.

Everyone at SQA and Colleges Scotland is fully committed to working with you to deliver for Scotland's learners at this exceptionally difficult time. Thank you for your patience and continued co-operation.


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