Update on appeals process for 2020

Friday 14 August 2020

Following the Deputy First Minister’s Ministerial Direction to SQA on Tuesday 11 August, relating to SQA’s certification model for 2020, SQA can now confirm that the Deputy First Minister has directed us to provide an appeals process for centres.

This appeals process allows for three grounds upon which centres can submit an appeal.

Firstly, centres can submit an appeal if they discover that an administrative error was made when they submitted their estimate or entry information for a candidate. 

Secondly, a centre’s internal review process may disclose that a candidate's estimate was affected by discrimination or other conduct by the centre that is unacceptable under the Equality Act 2010. 

Lastly, where the Head of Centre believes that there has been an error within SQA’s internal processes for confirming results to centres following the 11 August announcement, they can also appeal.

SQA anticipates that in all three circumstances such appeals will arise only exceptionally.

Priority will be given for candidates who need to confirm a university or college place. Outcomes of these appeals will be advised to UCAS by 4 September.

Detailed information on how to submit a request will be issued early next week.