Awarding 2021 - learners

How will my results be decided for 2021?

Your teacher or lecturer will gather evidence of your attainment, such as assessment tasks you have completed. They will assess this evidence against the national standard to determine your provisional result, which will be submitted to SQA.

Will I be told my provisional results?

It is important that you talk to your teachers and lecturers about your progress as well as what provisional results are being sent to SQA.

What will SQA do to my provisional results to make them final?

SQA will not change your provisional results. We will check for any administrative errors that may occur when schools, colleges and training providers enter the data into our system.

When will my provisional results become final?

You will receive your results on results day, Tuesday 10 August 2021. You will receive your Scottish Qualifications Certificate (SQC) by post. You can also receive your results by text or email if you register for this service at

How can SQA quality assure my assessment evidence before I finish the full course?

Your school, college or training provider will also carry out local quality assurance (with support from your local authority where appropriate) to make sure assessments are accurate and consistent with national standards.

The national quality assurance carried out by SQA will 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 delivering National Qualifications. This will ensure that a grade A awarded in the north of Scotland the same as a grade A awarded in the south of Scotland and everywhere in between.

SQA will contact schools, colleges and training providers in May and request to see assessment evidence from different subjects. We do not need to see evidence for every learner and the evidence does not need to be complete.

What is demonstrated evidence?

Demonstrated evidence is examples of your work (such as completed assessments) that clearly show the skills, knowledge and understanding you have developed throughout the course.

What is attainment?

Attainment is the overall assessment of your educational achievements.

What is the alternative certification model?

The alternative certification model is how National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher courses will be resulted this year, following the cancellation of the 2021 exams. It involves five different stages.

View the alternative certification model.

What can I do if I disagree with my result?

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

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