National Qualifications in 2020-21

Information to support you in delivering National Courses in session 2020/21, including arrangements for National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher course assessments.

For other SQA qualifications, see Higher National and Vocational Qualifications guidance 2020-21.

What you need to know for 2021

Download our candidate booklet for information on National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher in 2021.

Appeals consultation 2021

The appeal consultation is now closed. The findings, and details of the final appeals process will be published in early May.

Alternative certification model

Details of the alternative certification model for National Qualifications in 2021.

Gathering evidence for provisional results

Guidance on determining provisional results. Includes an online course for teachers and lecturers.

Assessment resources

Question papers and assessment materials to support with gathering evidence.

Understanding Standards

Webinars and resources to help you understand the standards for assessment.

NQ subject pages

For detailed information on changes to course assessments, see your NQ subject page.

Learner and parent information

The 2021 blog has the latest updates for learners, parents and carers.

Added value units

Candidates will not have to complete National 4 added value units in session 2020-21.

Related news

SQA statements on changes to NQ course assessments in session 2020-21.

Latest updates

View recently published guidance and support, and sign up for MyAlerts.

Consultation outcomes

Reports on responses to our 2020-21 National Qualifications consultations.

Centre toolkit

This toolkit is for schools, colleges and partner organisations. It contains key messages that are ready to use in communications to parents, carers and learners.

Share and download our key messages

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