Information 2021

Information reported for SQA qualifications. The publication schedule details when information will be available.

Grade Boundaries 2021, Component Marks 2021, and Assessment Arrangements 2021 publications

Due to the cancellation of the 2021 exams because of the COVID-19 public health emergency, the 2021 awarding approach for the graded national courses is based on teacher judgement, supported by assessment resources and quality assurance.

Consequently, the 'Grade Boundaries 2021', 'Component Marks 2021', and 'Assessment Arrangements 2021' publications cannot be produced.

Alternative Certification Model (2021)

On 5 October 2020, because of the COVID 19 pandemic, the Deputy First Minister announced the cancellation of National 5 exams for 2021, and commissioned SQA to develop an alternative certification model (ACM) based on teacher judgement and supported by assessment resources and quality assurance, to replace 2021 exams for National 5.

On 8 December 2020, the Deputy First Minister announced the further cancellation of 2021 exams for Higher and Advanced Higher, and asked SQA to extend the 2021 ACM to Higher and Advanced Higher.

The ACM for 2021 was designed by the National Qualifications 2021 group, whose membership comprised representatives from the Association of Directors of Education (ADES), Colleges Scotland, Education Scotland, the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS), School Leaders Scotland (SLS), the Scottish Council of Independent Schools (SCIS), the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), the National Parent Forum of Scotland and the Scottish Youth Parliament.

The 2021 results for national qualifications (found on our Statistics page) are based on the outcomes of this model.

Accordingly, further relevant information relating to the 2021 ACM is provided below.

Chief Examining Officer's Report - 2021

Date of publication: 10 August 2021

Contact: qualification.development@sqa.org.uk

National Qualifications 2021 Alternative Certification Model (ACM): Methodology Report

The Methodology Report details the awarding approach, including the ACM, that formed the basis for the 10th August 2021 publications.

Date of publication: 10 August 2021

Contact: qualification.development@sqa.org.uk

National Qualifications 2021 Alternative Certification Model (ACM): Equalities Monitoring Report

Date of publication: 10 August 2021

Contact: external.statistics@sqa.org.uk