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SQA News 21 January 2021

Construction Graded Units: reduction of evidence requirements

We have agreed, along with the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), to reduce the evidence requirements for Graded Units in a number of HN and SQA Advanced Qualification Construction qualifications.

In light of the challenges presented by the ongoing COVID restrictions, this will provide centres and candidates with greater flexibility, while maintaining the integrity of the Graded Units.

What is changing?

What is staying the same?

Which qualifications does this apply to?

This applies to Graded Units in the following HNs and SQA Advanced Qualifications:


We will be hosting a mini Quality Network meeting at 4.30 pm - 5.30 pm on Wednesday 10 February to support centres with this change. View details.

Centres can also request a development visit for an external verifier to attend their course team meeting to discuss the approach to delivering and assessing the Graded Unit (or any other SQA unit). To arrange this, please ask your SQA co-ordinator to complete the form on our website and send it to