Appeals 2021

Information for centres

2021 National Qualifications Appeals: Information for centres (211 KB)

Provides full information on the 2021 appeals service including a key dates timeline, eligibility criteria, types of and grounds for appeal, and evidence required to support an appeal. The document has been updated to include guidance on submitting digital evidence and physical evidence, subject-specific information, retention of material, and appeals information for learners accessing the incomplete evidence contingency arrangement.

Escalated appeals 2021: Information for centres and learners (205 KB)

This document confirms the grounds on which an escalated appeal can be submitted by a learner or head of centre. It also outlines the process and requirements for an escalated appeal.

Answers to your questions about appeals

What are the key dates I need to be aware of?

SQA will issue results for appeals during week commencing 25 October. Replacement certificates will be issued to learners later in the year.

What information do schools/centres need to provide to SQA once an appeal has been confirmed?

If a learner is appealing against the academic judgement made:

SQA will ask you to provide all the necessary evidence and materials that were used to determine the learner's result.

If the learner is appealing against an unresolved administrative error or are appealing on the grounds of discrimination contrary to the Equality Act

As part of the registration process, we will ask learners to provide a short, written explanation of what they believe has happened. If they need to, or prefer to, they can ask a parent or carer to help them.

SQA will review the learner's submission in discussion with you.

You can also advise SQA of any administrative errors that you identify.

Consultation results

We consulted and engaged widely with education stakeholders and representatives of parents and carers and young people during the development of the 2021 appeals service.

Where permission to publish has been provided, the consultation responses are now available to view online.