Awarding 2021 - parents/carers

How will my child’s results be decided?

Teachers and/or lecturers will gather evidence of your child’s attainment, such as assessment tasks they have completed. This evidence will be assessed against the national standard to determine your child’s provisional result, which will be submitted to SQA.

How many assessments will be used for deciding my child’s results?

Speak to your child and or their teacher/lecturer, as the number of assessments your child will need to complete may differ across their subjects.

How will teachers decide which assessments to use?

SQA has provided teachers and lecturers with subject-specific guidance that summarises the key pieces of evidence required.

These documents also highlight the option of separating and adapting assessments so that teachers and lecturers have the flexibility to assess learners at times and in ways that are appropriate to their needs.

What if I don’t agree with the grade?

If you have concerns about your child’s provisional results, speak with their teacher or lecturer. Provisional results are based on evidence of attainment, that your child’s teacher or lecturer can talk through with you. If you are still concerned, speak to the course leader or SQA coordinator.

Can my child appeal their results?

During March, SQA is asking a range of individuals and groups including learners, teachers and national organisations to share their views on appeals. This will help to develop the appeals process for 2021.

Further information on the appeals service for 2021 will be available at

What is local quality assurance?

Local quality assurance ensures consistency and fairness within schools, colleges and training providers across the whole of Scotland. It is carried out locally by schools, colleges and training providers (with support from local authorities where appropriate) to make sure that assessments are accurate and consistent with the national standards.

What is national quality assurance?

National quality assurance is carried out by SQA to ensure that the assessment evidence being used to determine provisional results is appropriate, and consistent with the national standard, across all schools, colleges and training providers. This will ensure that a grade A awarded in the north of Scotland is worth the same as a grade A awarded in the south of Scotland and everywhere in between.

Why is quality assurance carried out for SQA qualifications?

Quality assurance of qualifications is the process of carrying out checks to make sure that assessments are accurate and consistent with the national standards. It is at the heart of fair and credible certification.

How can SQA quality assure learner assessment evidence before the full course is completed?

To carry out national quality assurance, we will request assessment evidence from each school, college and training provider for specific subjects. The evidence for each candidate does not need to be complete to allow us to carry out national quality assurance.