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SQA News 15 October 2020

Arrangements for National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher assessment in 2020–21

Last week, the Deputy First Minister announced there will be no external assessment of National 5 courses this year – either by an exam or by coursework. He also confirmed that Higher and Advanced Higher exams will go ahead, starting on Thursday 13 May and finishing on Friday 4 June, with Results Day on Tuesday 10 August 2021. 

We issued a response on our website and directly to key stakeholders.

Modifications to Higher and Advanced Higher assessment

Subject-specific information on Higher and Advanced Higher assessment is provided on each of the relevant NQ subject pages of our website under the heading ‘National 5 to Advanced Higher course information for 2020–21’. This includes, where applicable, a summary of the modifications to Higher and Advanced Higher course assessment for session 2020–21.

Additional subject guidance

For the following courses we have also published supportive guidance:

Guidance may be produced for additional subjects. We will keep you informed via SQA News.