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SQA News 15 October 2020

Arrangements for assessing National 3, National 4 and freestanding units in session 202021

As a result of the modifications to Higher and Advanced Higher course assessments for session 202021 and the modifications to National 5 course assessments that were planned prior to the cancellation of the 2021 National 5 exams we have been exploring the implications for National 3 and National 4 courses, and some freestanding units at SCQF levels 5, 6 and 7.

We are making modifications to National 3 and National 4 assessments, and freestanding unit assessments, for the following subjects in session 202021. These modifications aim to support the delivery of learning, teaching and assessment this session.

We have published summary documents that detail the arrangements for these assessments in session 202021. These are available from the relevant NQ subject pages of our website at and you can also access them from the links below.

Subjects with modifications to National 3, National 4 and/or freestanding unit assessments

More information may follow for other subjects. We will keep you informed via SQA News.