Summary of all modifications for session 2021-22

In response to the disruption to learning caused by Covid-19, we have modified the assessment requirements in National Courses for session 2021-22. For most courses, these are the same modifications that we introduced in session 2020-21. In around 70 courses, we have adjusted the modifications for 2021-22 to give learners more opportunities to show their knowledge and skills. These modifications will help to reduce the volume of assessment and ease teacher, lecturer and learner workload.

Use the table to filter the modifications by subject/level.

Or visit your subject page to access individual summary documents from the 'Course information 2021-22' tab.

Subject Level Final subject webpage text (published June 2021)
Accounting National 5

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21

Assignment: we will remove the assignment for session 2021–22.

Question paper: we will let centres know topics that will not be assessed and publish these at the beginning of session 2021–22. Note: these will be different from the topics that were not assessed in 2020–21.

Accounting Higher

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Assignment: we will remove the assignment for session 2021–22.

Question paper: we will let centres know topics that will not be assessed and publish these at the beginning of session 2021–22. Note: these will be different from the topics that were not assessed in 2020–21.

Accounting Advanced Higher

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Question paper: we will let centres know topics that will not be assessed and publish these at the beginning of session 2021–22. Note: these will be different from the topics that were not assessed in 2020–21.

Administration and IT National 3

We will partially reinstate the databases topic and will publish further information at the beginning of session 2021–22.

Administration and IT National 4

We will partially reinstate the databases topic and will publish further information at the beginning of session 2021–22.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Administration and IT National 5

We will partially reinstate the databases topic and the question paper will remain modified at 40 marks. We will publish further information at the beginning of session 2021–22. This will include the areas of the databases topic that will not be assessed in the question paper.

Administration and IT Higher

We will partially reinstate the databases topic and the assignment will remain modified at 60 marks. We will publish further information at the beginning of session 2021–22. This will include the areas of the databases topic that will not be assessed in the assignment.

Applications of Mathematics National 3

There will be no modifications for session 2021–22.

This also applies to the National 3 Applications of Mathematics Gaelic-medium subject.

Applications of Mathematics National 4

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

These modifications also apply to the National 4 Applications of Mathematics Gaelic-medium subject.

Applications of Mathematics National 5

The following content will not be assessed in the question papers in session 2021–22: scale drawing, planning a navigation route, line of best fit.

The marks and durations are:

Question paper 1: 35 marks, 50 minutes

Question paper 2: 55 marks, 1 hour and 40 minutes

These modifications also apply to the National 5 Applications of Mathematics Gaelic-medium subject.

Applications of Mathematics Higher

Question paper: the following content will not be assessed in session 2021–22:

Mathematical modelling:

  • evaluating the effects of error and tolerances within mathematical models:
    —calculating the limits for compound measures, for example velocity, density, or journey times
    —determining if a process is within tolerance

Finance: Insurance:

  • understanding the purpose of insurance products
  • analysing the risks associated with insurance products

Statistics: Applying statistical skills to basic probability:

  • constructing tree diagrams and Venn diagrams
  • carrying out basic calculations involving the combination of events, where information may be displayed in tables or graphs, such as tree diagrams and Venn diagrams

Planning and decision making:

  • understanding and interpreting risk by calculating the expected value of costs and benefits of decisions

The marks and duration are: 65 marks, 2 hours and 5 minutes

Project: no changes.

These modifications also apply to the Higher Applications of Mathematics Gaelic-medium subject.

Art and Design National 3

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Candidates completing both the Art and Design: Expressive Activity unit and the Art and Design: Design Activity unit should only attempt outcome 1 for one of these units.

For the Design Activity: assessment standard 2.3 — we will reduce the number of design materials from two to one.

Art and Design National 4

For session 2021–22, we will reinstate assessment standard 2.5 in the Expressive Activity unit and assessment standard 2.4 in the Design Activity unit.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Art and Design National 5

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Question paper: candidates will choose to respond to either the Expressive Art Studies or the Design Studies section. This reduces the marks available for the question paper from 50 to 25 marks, and the time allocation from 1 hour and 30 minutes to 1 hour (including reading time).

Portfolios: for session 2020–21, we provided guidance on the amount of work that candidates can submit for each stage of the portfolios, as well as guidance on less time-consuming approaches, such as choosing a less complex theme and design brief. We will update this guidance for session 2021–22.

Art and Design Higher

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Question paper: candidates will choose to respond to either the Expressive Art Studies or the Design Studies section. This reduces the marks available for the question paper from 60 to 30 marks, and the time allocation from 2 hours to 1 hour and 15 minutes (including reading time).

Portfolios: for session 2020–21, we provided guidance on the amount of work that candidates can submit for each stage of the portfolios, as well as guidance on less time-consuming approaches, such as choosing a less complex theme and design brief. We will update this guidance for session 2021–22.

Art and Design (Design) Advanced Higher

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

We will reduce the volume of practical work for the design portfolio from 8–16 A1 sheets (or equivalent) to 6–12 A1 sheets (or equivalent). Sketchbooks and formats smaller than A1 sheets are acceptable for this work.

Art and Design (Expressive) Advanced Higher

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

We will reduce the volume of practical work for the expressive portfolio from 8–16 A1 sheets (or equivalent) to 6–12 A1 sheets (or equivalent). Sketchbooks and formats smaller than A1 sheets are acceptable for this work.

Biology National 3

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

The requirement to complete outcome 1 in all units has been removed.

Biology National 4

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

The requirement to complete outcome 1 in all units has been removed.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Biology National 5

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Assignment: this will be removed for session 2021–22.

Question paper: no changes.

Biology Higher

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Assignment: this will be removed for session 2021–22.

Question paper: no changes.

Biology Advanced Higher

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Project: this will be removed for session 2021–22.

Question paper: no changes.

Business National 3

There will be no modifications for session 2021–22.

Business National 4

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Business Management National 5

Question paper: we will let centres know the topic and/or subtopic areas of content that will not be directly assessed in session 2021–22. We will publish these topics and/or subtopics by the end of August 2021.

Assignment: this will be reinstated.

Business Management Higher

Question paper: we will let centres know the topic and/or subtopic areas of content that will not be directly assessed in session 2021–22. We will publish these topics and/or subtopics by the end of August 2021.

Assignment: this will be reinstated.

Business Management Advanced Higher

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Question paper: we will let centres know the topic and/or subtopic areas of content that will not be directly assessed in session 2021–22. We will publish these topics and/or subtopics by the end of August 2021.

Project: this remains a mandatory course assessment component.

Cantonese National 3

There will be no modifications for session 2021–22.

Cantonese National 4

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Cantonese National 5

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Assignment–writing: we removed this component from the course assessment, reducing the overall number of raw course assessment marks by 20 marks.

Cantonese Higher

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Assignment–writing: we removed this component from the course assessment, reducing the overall number of raw course assessment marks by 20 marks.

Cantonese Advanced Higher

Portfolio: this will be reinstated.

Performance–talking: we will reduce the length of time from 20 to 15 minutes and remove the requirement to discuss the portfolio.

Care National 4

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Care National 5

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Candidates usually have a choice of three briefs to base their project on. Last session this was reduced to one brief that was specified by SQA.

Care Higher

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Candidates usually have a choice of three briefs to base their project on. Last session this was reduced to one brief that was specified by SQA.

Chemistry National 3

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

The requirement to complete outcome 1 in all units has been removed.

Chemistry National 4

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

The requirement to complete outcome 1 in all units has been removed.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Chemistry National 5

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Assignment: this will be removed for session 2021–22.

Question paper: no changes.

Chemistry Higher

Modifications for session 2021–22 remain the same as session 2020–21.

Assignment: this will be removed for session 2021–22.

Question paper: no changes.

Chemistry Advanced Higher

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Project: this will be removed for session 2021–22.

Question paper: no changes.

Childcare and Development Higher

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Candidates usually have a choice of three briefs to base their project on. Last session this was reduced to one brief that was specified by SQA.

Classical Studies National 3

There will be no modifications for session 2021–22.

Classical Studies National 4

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Classical Studies National 5

Question paper: the following two universal ideas, themes or values will not be directly assessed in the Classical literature section in the 2022 question paper (section 2):

  • fate versus free will
  • heroism

Usually, two themes from five are sampled. Candidates will answer two questions based on two themes but from a possible three themes.

Page 4 of the National 5 Classical Studies Course Specification gives information on the three universal ideas, themes or values that might be assessed. Teachers and lecturers can deliver the course as normal.

Assignment: this will be removed for session 2021–22.

Classical Studies Higher

Question paper 1: Classical literature
The following universal idea, theme or value will not be directly assessed in the 2022 Classical literature Question paper:

  • leadership

Page 4 of the Higher Classical Studies Course Specification gives information on the four universal ideas, themes or values that might be assessed. Teachers and lecturers can deliver the course as normal.

Question paper 2: Classical society
In the 2022 Classical society question paper, one area will not be assessed in parts A and B of Life in classical Greece, and in parts A and B of Life in the Roman world. The following areas in bold will not be assessed:

  • Section 1: Life in classical Greece, Part A: Power and freedom
    Women in classical Athens
  • Section 1: Life in classical Greece, Part B: Religion and belief
    Women within religious worship (although candidates should be prepared to discuss the role of women within religious festivals)
  • Section 2: Life in the Roman world, Part A: Power and freedom
    Slavery in the Roman world
  • Section 2: Life in the Roman world, Part B: Religion and belief
    Religious tolerance in the Roman world

Assignment: this will be removed for session 2021–22.

Classical Studies Advanced Higher

Question paper
Part A — Classical literature
We can confirm which books of the prescribed classical texts will be assessed in Part A — Classical literature in the 2022 question paper. The following texts in bold will be assessed:

  • Section 1: History and historiography
    Questions 1, 2 and 3
    —Herodotus, Book 1
    —Thucydides, Book 1
    —Tacitus, Annals, Book 1
  • Section 2: Individual and community
    Questions 9, 10 and 11
    —Plato, Republic, Books 3 and 5 —Aristotle, Politics, Book 3
  • Section 3: Heroes and heroism
    Questions 17, 18 and 19
    —Homer, Iliad, Book 22 —Homer, Odyssey, Book 1 —Euripides, Trojan Womenv —Ovid, Heroides, 7
  • Section 4: Comedy, satire and society
    Questions 25, 26 and 27 —Aristophanes, Acharnians, Assembly Women, Knights —Horace, Satires, Book 2.6

Note: this does not apply to the 15-mark modern source comparison question, which might be based on any of the texts or authors as detailed in the ‘Skills, knowledge and understanding for the course assessment’ section of the Advanced Higher Classical Studies Course Specification.

Teachers and lecturers can deliver the course as normal.

Pages 5 and 6 of the Advanced Higher Classical Studies Course Specification give more information about the prescribed texts.

Candidates should study the texts as detailed in the ‘Skills, knowledge and understanding for the course assessment’ section of the Advanced Higher Classical Studies Course Specification to prepare for Part B — Classical society.

Project–dissertation: no changes.

Computing Science National 3

There will be no modifications for session 2021–22.

Computing Science National 4

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Computing Science National 5

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Question paper: 80 marks

Assignment: 40 marks

Optionality between DDD and WDD will remain in both the assignment and the question paper.

Computing Science Higher

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Question paper: 80 marks

Assignment: 40 marks

Optionality between DDD and WDD will remain in both the assignment and the question paper.

Computing Science Advanced Higher

Question paper: we will retain the modification that removed CS from the question paper and introduce an option of WDD or DDD, which will reduce the total marks for this component. Note: we will confirm the structure and total marks when available.

The option of WDD* or DDD in the question paper will reduce the depth of learning required in one of these topics, and allow teachers and lecturers to focus on the practical skills across the course. This will give centres some flexibility to deliver the course in the way that best suits their candidates.

*At Advanced Higher level, much of the WDD content will require an understanding of database-driven websites. Marks will focus on WDD content (for example PHP). There will be no requirement to assess the database aspect of the question, but it will provide context to the scenario.

Project: for session 2021–22, we will reinstate 'Evaluation' into the project, which will return to 80 marks. The project is open book, over an extended period of time.

Cruinn-eolas (Geography) National 3

See National 3 Geography for modifications.

Cruinn-eolas (Geography) National 4

See National 4 Geography for modifications.

Cruinn-eolas (Geography) National 5

See National 5 Geography for modifications.

Cruinn-eolas (Geography) Higher

See Higher Geography for modifications.

Cruinn-eolas (Geography) Advanced Higher

See Advanced Higher Geography for modifications.

Dance National 5

Guidance provided to centres for session 2020–21 on the use of suitable choreographic devices and spatial elements still applies in session 2021–22, as physical distancing is currently still in place.

Practical activity: candidates should not perform in their own choreography unless it is necessary due to candidates self-isolating or being absent on the day of assessment. It is important that candidates adopt a choreographer role for this task as it allows them to effectively reflect on the appropriateness of movement material, and choreographic devices used to communicate the intentions of the piece.

Dance Higher

Guidance provided to centres for session 2020–21 on the use of suitable choreographic devices and spatial elements still applies in session 2021–22, as physical distancing is currently still in place.

Practical activity: the solo choreography option should remain.

The practical activity consists of section 1: choreography and section 2: choreography review. The choreography currently requires candidates to create, present and review a group dance (minimum of three dancers) excluding themselves. Centres can continue with this approach, however with a recommendation of no more than four dancers, or alternatively, candidates can create, present and review a solo dance, excluding themselves.

Candidates should not perform in their own choreography unless it is necessary due to candidates self-isolating or being absent on the day of assessment. It is important that candidates adopt a choreographer role for this task as it allows them to effectively reflect on the appropriateness of movement material, and choreographic devices used to communicate the intentions of the piece.

Design and Manufacture National 4

For session 2021–22, we will reinstate outcome 2 of the Materials and Manufacturing unit.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Design and Manufacture National 5

For session 2021–22, we will reinstate the requirement for candidates to manufacture the output of their assignment: design in their assignment: practical, rather than allow them to manufacture a stand-alone model.

We will produce the research for the assignment: design, as we did for session 2020–21, meaning candidates will begin by using the research provided to complete their specification. This change reduces the marks available for this component from 55 to 50 marks.

Design and Manufacture Higher

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

We will produce the research for the assignment, as we did for 2020–21, meaning that candidates will begin by using the research provided to complete their specification.

Once again, we will remove 'Demonstrating practical modelling skills' from the assignment for session 2021–22.

These two changes reduce the marks available for this component from 90 to 77 marks.

Design and Manufacture Advanced Higher

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Question paper: candidates will choose to respond to either question 1 (product analysis) or question 2 (product evolution). This reduces the marks available for the question paper from 80 to 65 marks.

Assignment: candidates will not be required to complete the last section of the assignment ‘Manufacture a presentation model’ (12 marks). This reduces the marks available for the assignment from 120 to 108 marks.

Design and Technology National 3

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

For session 2021–22, candidates can pass the course if they complete two out of the three units.

Drama National 3

There will be no modifications for session 2021–22.

Drama National 4

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Drama National 5

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

There were two consultations for Drama last session— in September and December. For session 2021–22:

  • adjustments will be made to the volume of evidence required in coursework tasks
  • guidance will be provided to support teachers in gathering evidence and in course delivery, including consideration of the text(s) chosen, to minimise the physical interactions between candidates — we recommend no more than five candidates in a group
  • Make-up and Hair should only be offered by centres if government health advice at the time allows. Alternatively, candidates can apply make-up and hair designs to themselves if this aligns with Education Scotland guidelines. Centres should follow government health advice regarding an appropriate audience. Alternatively, it would be acceptable that the audience consists of only the assessor
  • there will be a reduction of acting timings
  • there will be an option for production roles: if a candidate is unable to carry out any of the requirements for their production role in a practical manner, they could use plans, diagrams, working drawings, photographs (of set designs, made or adapted costumes, or made props), videos (of rehearsals), folios, and/or research instead
Drama Higher

Question paper: two-year rule removed for section 3: performance analysis — this message was communicated in June 2021 to allow centres to plan.

Performance: for session 2021–22 we will reinstate the second interactive acting performance to ensure parity with Design and Directing options, and keep the following guidance:

  • we recommend that centres consider the text(s) chosen to minimise the physical interactions between candidates
  • all production roles should be achievable with correct risk assessment and cleaning regimes, except for Make-up and Hair
  • Make-up and Hair should only be offered by centres if government health advice at the time allows. Alternatively, we would recommend that centres should not present this option
  • we recommend that no more than four candidates should be assessed in each interactive piece
  • we recommend that directors should direct no more than four candidates
  • centres should follow government health advice regarding an appropriate audience. Alternatively, it would be acceptable that the audience consists of only the visiting assessor
  • candidates should direct a rehearsal lasting approximately 25–30 minutes (previously 30 minutes)
  • candidates can apply make-up and hair to themselves based on their designs instead of a model on the day of the assessment
Drama Advanced Higher

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

For session 2021–22:

  • adjustments will be made to the volume of evidence required in coursework tasks
  • guidance will be provided to support teachers and lecturers during the evidence collection process
  • we recommend centres consider the text(s) chosen to minimise the physical interactions between candidates
  • we recommend that no more than four candidates should be assessed in each interactive piece
  • we recommend that directors should direct no more than four candidates
  • centres should follow government health advice regarding an appropriate audience. Alternatively, it would be acceptable that the audience consists of only the visiting assessor
  • the interactive acting contribution should be reduced to a maximum of 17 minutes
  • candidates should direct a rehearsal lasting approximately 30–35 minutes (previously 35 minutes)
Eachdraidh (History) National 3

See National 3 History for modifications.

Eachdraidh (History) National 4

See National 4 History for modifications.

Eachdraidh (History) National 5

See National 5 History for modifications.

Eachdraidh (History) Higher

See Higher History for modifications.

Eachdraidh (History) Advanced Higher

See Advanced Higher History for modifications.

Economics National 5

Question paper: we will let centres know the topic and/or subtopic areas of content that will not be directly assessed in session 2021–22. We will publish these topics and/or subtopics by the end of August 2021.

Assignment: this will be reinstated.

Economics Higher

Question paper: we will let centres know the topic and/or subtopic areas of content that will not be directly assessed in session 2021–22. We will publish these topics and/or subtopics by the end of August 2021.

Assignment: this will be reinstated.

Economics Advanced Higher

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Question paper: once the question paper is confirmed in October, we will let centres know the broad macroeconomic topics that will be assessed in session 2021–22.

Project: this remains a mandatory course assessment component.

Engineering Science National 4

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Engineering Science National 5

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

There will be no requirement to complete the assignment course assessment.

Engineering Science Higher

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

There will be no requirement to complete the assignment course assessment.

Engineering Science Advanced Higher

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

There will be no requirement to complete the project course assessment.

English National 3

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

There will be no requirement to assess talk in the Producing Language unit and Literacy unit.

English National 4

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

There will be no requirement to assess talk in the Creation and Production unit and Literacy unit.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

English National 5

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Portfolio–writing: we will reduce this to one piece (either broadly creative or broadly discursive), but retain the 30% weighting by doubling the mark for one piece.

Performance–spoken language: there will be no requirement to assess this.

English Higher

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Portfolio–writing: we will reduce this to one piece (either broadly creative or broadly discursive), but retain the 30% weighting by doubling the mark for one piece.

Performance–spoken language: there will be no requirement to assess this.

English Advanced Higher

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Portfolio–writing: we will reduce this to one piece from any genre, but retain the 30% weighting by doubling the mark for one piece.

English for Speakers of Other Languages National 3

There will be no modifications for session 2021–22.

English for Speakers of Other Languages National 4

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

English for Speakers of Other Languages National 5

There will be no modifications for session 2021–22.

Guidance on volume, type and approach to gathering evidence is available.

English for Speakers of Other Languages Higher

There will be no modifications for session 2021–22.

Guidance on volume, type and approach to gathering evidence is available.

Environmental Science National 3

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

The requirement to complete outcome 1 in all units has been removed.

Environmental Science National 4

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

The requirement to complete outcome 1 in all units has been removed.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Environmental Science National 5

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Assignment: this will be removed for session 2021–22.

Question paper: no changes.

Environmental Science Higher

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Assignment: this will be removed for session 2021–22.

Question paper: no changes.

Fashion and Textile Technology National 3

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Outcome 2 will be removed from the Fashion/Textile Item Development unit.

Fashion and Textile Technology National 4

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Outcome 2 will be removed from the Fashion/Textile Item Development unit.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Fashion and Textile Technology National 5

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Reduced requirements for the assignment and practical activity.

Fashion and Textile Technology Higher

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Reduced requirements for the assignment and practical activity.

French National 3

There will be no modifications for session 2021–22.

French National 4

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

French National 5

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Assignment–writing: we removed this component from the course assessment, reducing the overall number of raw course assessment marks by 20 marks.

French Higher

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Assignment–writing: we removed this component from the course assessment, reducing the overall number of raw course assessment marks by 20 marks.

French Advanced Higher

Portfolio: this will be reinstated.

Performance–talking: we will reduce the length of time from 20 to 15 minutes and remove the requirement to discuss the portfolio.

Gaelic (Learners) National 3

There will be no modifications for session 2021–22.

Gaelic (Learners) National 4

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Gaelic (Learners) National 5

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Assignment–writing: we removed this component from the course assessment, reducing the overall number of raw course assessment marks by 20 marks.

Gaelic (Learners) Higher

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Assignment–writing: we removed this component from the course assessment, reducing the overall number of raw course assessment marks by 20 marks.

Gaelic (Learners) Advanced Higher

Portfolio: this will be reinstated.

Performance–talking: we will reduce the length of time from 20 to 15 minutes and remove the requirement to discuss the portfolio.

Gaidhlig National 3

There will be no modifications for session 2021–22.

Gaidhlig National 4

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Gaidhlig National 5

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Assignment–writing: we removed this component from the course assessment, reducing the total number of marks from 120 to 100 marks.

Gaidhlig Higher

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Assignment–writing: we removed this component from the course assessment, reducing the total number of marks from 120 to 100 marks.

Gaidhlig Advanced Higher

Question paper — section 2: Sgrìobhadh (Writing): this will be reinstated.

Còmhradh (performance–talking): we will reduce the length of time from 20 to 15 minutes.

Geography National 3

There will be no modifications for session 2021–22.

This also applies to the National 3 Geography Gaelic-medium subject.

Geography National 4

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

These modifications also apply to the National 4 Geography Gaelic-medium subject.

Geography National 5

Question paper: no modifications will be made to the Physical Environments or Human Environments sections of the 2022 question paper. This differs from the 2021 modifications in that both landscape types must be covered. In the Global Issues section, the number of optional questions that candidates need to answer will be reduced from two to one, which is the same as the modifications for 2021. This will reduce the number of marks for this section from 20 to 10 marks. This does not affect the structure of this section as all optional questions will be available.

The total marks for the 2022 question paper will be reduced from 80 to 70 marks and the duration will be reduced from 2 hours and 20 minutes to 2 hours and 5 minutes.

Assignment: this will be removed for session 2021–22.

The modifications to the question paper and the removal of the assignment will result in a total of 70 marks for the course assessment for session 2021–22.

These modifications also apply to the National 5 Geography Gaelic-medium subject.

Geography Higher

Question paper 1: 100 marks (scaled to 50 marks) with a duration of 1 hour and 50 minutes. No modifications will be made to this question paper. This differs from the 2021 modifications in that the physical features in river, glaciated and coastal landscapes must be covered.

Question paper 2: 40 marks (scaled to 20 marks) with a duration of 50 minutes.

In the Global Issues section, the number of optional questions that candidates need to answer will be reduced from two to one, which is the same as the modifications for 2021. This will reduce the number of marks for this section from 40 to 20 (20 to 10 after scaling). This does not affect the structure of this section as all optional questions will be available.

Assignment: this will be removed for session 2021–22.

The modifications to the question paper and the removal of the assignment will result in a total of 140 marks (scaled to 70 marks) for the course assessment for session 2021–22.

These modifications also apply to the Higher Geography Gaelic-medium subject.

Geography Advanced Higher

There will be no modifications to the course assessment for 2021–22. Candidates should be given the opportunity to develop all the geographical techniques stated in the course specification.

This also applies to the Advanced Higher Geography Gaelic-medium subject.

German National 3

There will be no modifications for session 2021–22.

German National 4

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

German National 5

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Assignment–writing: we removed this component from the course assessment, reducing the overall number of raw course assessment marks by 20 marks.

German Higher

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Assignment–writing: we removed this component from the course assessment, reducing the overall number of raw course assessment marks by 20 marks.

German Advanced Higher

Portfolio: this will be reinstated.

Performance–talking: we will reduce the length of time from 20 to 15 minutes and remove the requirement to discuss the portfolio.

Gniomhachas Matamataigs (Applications of Mathematics) National 3

See National 3 Applications of Mathematics for modifications.

Gniomhachas Matamataigs (Applications of Mathematics) National 4

See National 4 Applications of Mathematics for modifications.

Gniomhachas Matamataigs (Applications of Mathematics) National 5

See National 5 Applications of Mathematics for modifications.

Gniomhachas Matamataigs (Applications of Mathematics) Higher

See Higher Applications of Mathematics for modifications.

Graphic Communication National 4

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Added value unit: we removed three assessment standards. Assessment standards 1.1 and 1.2 were removed to align the added value unit with the National 5 assignment. Assessment standard 1.8 was removed to allow candidates to focus on practical graphics skills.

The revised assessment threshold is four out of five assessment standards must be achieved to pass the unit.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Graphic Communication National 5

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Question paper: we removed assessment of 'drawing standards, protocols and conventions'. This reduced the marks available for the question paper from 80 to 65 marks and the time allocation from 2 hours to 1 hour and 40 minutes.

Assignment: we will publish the assignment early — we usually publish it at the end of January and will now publish it in December 2021.

The highly supervised assessment conditions and the 8-hour time limit remain in place. Spending any more time on the assignment could affect the time available to carry out all the learning and teaching required, and to prepare for the question paper.

There are two new points of guidance to provide flexibility to centres and candidates. If centres need to close, candidates can work on their assignments from home and have additional time, if necessary. Centres can use their professional judgement to determine how much additional time is required.

We will delay the submission date for the National 5 assignment to the same date as the Higher assignment.

Graphic Communication Higher

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Question paper: we removed 15 marks from the question paper, reducing the marks available from 90 to 75 marks.

Assignment: we will publish the assignment early — we usually publish it at the end of January and will now publish it in December 2021.

The highly supervised assessment conditions and the 8-hour time limit remain in place. Spending any more time on the assignment could affect the time available to carry out all learning and teaching required, and to prepare for the question paper.

There are two new points of guidance to provide flexibility to centres and candidates. If centres need to close, candidates can work on their assignments from home and have additional time, if necessary. Centres can use their professional judgement to determine how much additional time is required.

Graphic Communication Advanced Higher

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Question paper: we removed assessment of 'graphic communication as it impacts on our environment and society'. This reduced the marks available for the question paper from 90 to 80 marks.

Project: we removed 30 marks from the project to allow candidates to focus on practical graphics work. This reduced the marks available for the project from 90 to 60 marks.

Health and Food Technology National 3

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Assessment standards 2.2 and 2.3 will be removed from the Food for Health unit.

Health and Food Technology National 4

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Outcome 2.2 will be removed from the Food for Health unit.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Health and Food Technology National 5

For session 2021–22, optionality will be added to the question paper to give candidates more opportunity to apply their knowledge. This will be consistent with Higher and Advanced Higher.

Health and Food Technology Higher

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Question paper: added optionality, resulting in fewer questions being attempted by candidates.

Assignment: reduced assessment requirements.

Health and Food Technology Advanced Higher

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Question paper: added optionality, resulting in fewer questions being attempted by candidates.

History National 3

There will be no modifications for session 2021–22.

This also applies to the National 3 History Gaelic-medium subject.

History National 4

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

These modifications also apply to the National 4 History Gaelic-medium subject.

History National 5

Question paper: an optional question will be introduced in two of three sections of the question paper.

For questions based on the fourth issue in Section 2: British and Section 3: European and world, there will be an optional question based on an earlier issue in order to reduce the assessable content, if required. Questions in sections 2 and 3 will therefore sample issues 1–4 or issues 1–3. This will allow all candidates the opportunity to complete all the required questions in the question paper.

Teachers and lecturers can deliver the course as normal.

In Guidance on gathering key evidence for producing estimates in session 2020–21 we identified the three sections of the SQA 2021 National Qualifications assessment resource for National 5 History. Please note that in the 2022 question paper these sections (the 25-mark section, the 26-mark section and the 29-mark section) will rotate randomly.

Assignment: this will be removed for session 2021–22.

These modifications also apply to the National 5 History Gaelic-medium subject.

History Higher

Question paper 1 — British, European and world history: an optional question will be introduced in both section 1 and section 2 of the British, European and world history question paper. Four of six issues will be sampled instead of three of six issues.

In Section 1 — British and Section 2 — European and world, any four from six key issues will be assessed. Candidates will choose one essay from a choice of four in each section.

It is advised that candidates are prepared for a minimum of three issues in both the British and European and world sections studied.

Teachers and lecturers can deliver the course as normal.

Question paper 2 — Scottish history: no changes.

Assignment: this will be removed for session 2021–22.

These modifications also apply to the Higher History Gaelic-medium subject.

History Advanced Higher

Question paper
Two key issues in each of the 10 fields of study will not be directly assessed in the 2022 question paper. The following areas in bold will not be assessed:

  • Field of study 1 — Northern Britain from the Iron Age to 1034
    Key issues
    —Changing beliefs
    —Kingdom of the Scots
  • Field of study 2 — Scotland: independence and kingship, 1249–1334 Key issues
    —Contribution of William Wallace, 1297–1305
    —Succession and peace, 1324–34
  • Field of study 3 — Scotland: from the Treaty of Union to the Enlightenment, 1707–1815
    Key issues
    —The Kirk
    —The Enlightenment
  • Field of study 4 — USA: ‘a house divided’, 1850–65
    Key issues
    —The military conflict
    —The election of 1864
  • Field of study 5 — Japan: the modernisation of a nation, 1840–1920
    Key issues
    —Society and culture in the mid-19th century
    —Economy and government in the mid-19th century
  • Field of study 6 — Germany: from democracy to dictatorship, 1918–39
    Key issues
    —Treaty of Versailles: its political and economic significance
    —Economic and foreign policies, 1933–39
  • Field of study 7 — South Africa: race and power, 1902–84
    Key issues
    —South Africa and World War II
    —The growth of African Nationalism, 1948–60
  • Field of study 8 — Russia: from Tsarism to Stalinism, 1914–45
    Key issues
    —The international context, 1917–24
    —The Soviet state: from War Communism to New Economic Policy, 1918–24
  • Field of study 9 — the Spanish Civil War: causes, conflict and consequences, 1923–45 Key issues
    —The fall of the monarchy
    —The nature of the new Republic
  • Field of study 10 — Britain: at war and peace, 1938–51
    Key issues
    —The war and the British economy
    —Conservative recovery and Labour’s defeat

Teachers and lecturers can deliver the course as normal.

Pages 5–30 of the Advanced Higher History Course Specification give more information on the key issues that will be assessed.

Project–dissertation: no changes.

These modifications also apply to the Advanced Higher History Gaelic-medium subject.

Human Biology Higher

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Assignment: this will be removed for session 2021–22.

Question paper: no changes.

Italian National 3

There will be no modifications for session 2021–22.

Italian National 4

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Italian National 5

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Assignment–writing: we removed this component from the course assessment, reducing the overall number of raw course assessment marks by 20 marks.

Italian Higher

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Assignment–writing: we removed this component from the course assessment, reducing the overall number of raw course assessment marks by 20 marks.

Italian Advanced Higher

Portfolio: this will be reinstated.

Performance–talking: we will reduce the length of time from 20 to 15 minutes and remove the requirement to discuss the portfolio.

Latin National 3

There will be no modifications for session 2021–22.

Latin National 4

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Latin National 5

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Question paper 1 (literary appreciation): candidates will answer on one author only.

Latin Higher

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020—21.

Question paper 1 (literary appreciation): candidates will answer on one author only.

Latin Advanced Higher

Modifications for session 2021—22 will remain the same as session 2020—21.

Question paper (translating): we removed the verse translating from the course assessment.

Mandarin (Simplified) National 3

There will be no modifications for session 2021–22.

Mandarin (Simplified) National 4

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Mandarin (Simplified) National 5

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Assignment–writing: we removed this component from the course assessment, reducing the overall number of raw course assessment marks by 20 marks.

Mandarin (Simplified) Higher

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Assignment–writing: we removed this component from the course assessment, reducing the overall number of raw course assessment marks by 20 marks.

Mandarin (Simplified) Advanced Higher

Portfolio: this will be reinstated.

Performance–talking: we will reduce the length of time from 20 to 15 minutes and remove the requirement to discuss the portfolio.

Mandarin (Traditional) National 3

There will be no modifications for session 2021–22.

Mandarin (Traditional) National 4

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Mandarin (Traditional) National 5

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Assignment–writing: we removed this component from the course assessment, reducing the overall number of raw course assessment marks by 20 marks.

Mandarin (Traditional) Higher

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Assignment–writing: we removed this component from the course assessment, reducing the overall number of raw course assessment marks by 20 marks.

Mandarin (Traditional) Advanced Higher

Portfolio: this will be reinstated.

Performance–talking: we will reduce the length of time from 20 to 15 minutes and remove the requirement to discuss the portfolio.

Matamataig (Mathematics) National 4

See National 4 Mathematics for modifications.

Matamataig (Mathematics) National 5

See National 5 Mathematics for modifications.

Matamataig (Mathematics) Higher

See Higher Mathematics for modifications.

Matamataig (Mathematics) Advanced Higher

See Advanced Higher Mathematics for modifications.

Mathematics National 4

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

These modifications also apply to the National 4 Mathematics Gaelic-medium subject.

Mathematics National 5

The following content will not be assessed in the question papers in session 2021–22: vectors, similarity, 3D coordinates.

The marks and durations are:

Question paper 1: 40 marks, 1 hour

Question paper 2: 50 marks, 1 hour and 30 minutes

These modifications also apply to the National 5 Mathematics Gaelic-medium subject.

Mathematics Higher

The following content will not be assessed in the question papers in session 2021–22: vectors, recurrence relations.

The marks and durations are:

Question paper 1: 55 marks, 1 hour and 15 minutes

Question paper 2: 65 marks, 1 hour and 30 minutes

These modifications also apply to the Higher Mathematics Gaelic-medium subject.

Mathematics Advanced Higher

The following content will not be assessed in the question papers in session 2021–22: finding the asymptotes to the graphs of rational functions; investigating features of graphs and sketching graphs of functions; calculating a vector product; working with lines in three dimensions; working with planes.

The marks and durations are:

Question paper 1: 35 marks, 1 hour

Question paper 2: 65 marks, 2 hours

These modifications also apply to the Advanced Higher Mathematics Gaelic-medium subject.

Mathematics of Mechanics Advanced Higher

The following content will not be assessed in the question paper in session 2021–22: using moments to find the centre of mass of a body, determining the turning effect of force.

The marks and duration are:

Question paper: 90 marks, 2 hours and 50 minutes

Media National 3

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Analysing Media Content: we reduced the number of concepts to be assessed for assessment standards 1.2 and 1.4. Candidates only need to describe one relevant context-based key aspect for 1.2, and only need to apply knowledge of one context-based key aspect for 1.4.

Media National 4

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Analysing Media Content: we reduced the number of concepts to be assessed for assessment standards 1.2 and 1.4. Candidates only need to describe one relevant context-based key aspect for 1.2, and only need to apply knowledge of one context-based key aspect for 1.4.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Media National 5

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Question paper: the 2022 question paper will only sample ‘audience’ (one from the three context-based key aspects —audience, institutions and society). It will also only sample ‘meeting needs’ (one from the three roles of media — meeting needs, meeting particular purposes, and influencing attitudes and behaviours).

Assignment: we reduced section 1 (planning) by 5 marks, as questions 2 and 3 can be replaced with a single question. We reduced section 2 (development) by 7 marks, as candidates only need to discuss and evaluate four instead of five examples from their media content.

Media Higher

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Question paper 1: we introduced optionality in section 1 Analysis of Media Content — candidates only need to answer one question from questions 1 and 2, reducing the marks from 40 to 20 marks.

Assignment: we reduced the requirement for content research to one response (reducing the marks by 5 marks) and introduced the option to answer on production roles and/or institutional context research (reducing the marks by 5 marks).

Modern Studies National 3

There will be no modifications for session 2021–22.

This also applies to the National 3 Modern Studies Gaelic-medium subject.

Modern Studies National 4

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

These modifications also apply to the National 4 Modern Studies Gaelic-medium subject.

Modern Studies National 5

Question paper: for session 2021–22:

  • the 8-mark ‘explain’ question will be in Section 1: Democracy in Scotland and the United Kingdom
  • in each option within each section, there will be a subtopic area of content that will not be directly assessed in the 2022 question paper. These subtopics are given in italics below:

Section 1: Democracy in Scotland and the United Kingdom
Option 1: Democracy in Scotland
Influence
Option 2: Democracy in the United Kingdom
Influence

Section 2: Social Issues in the United Kingdom Option 1: Social Inequality Nature of social inequality Option 2: Crime and the Law Nature of crime

Section 3: International Issues Option 1: World Power Effectiveness in tackling social and economic issues Option 2: World Issue Evaluation of international organisation(s) in tackling the conflict/issue

We recommend that centres aim to deliver the course as normal, however teachers and lecturers are free to decide on timing, depth of delivery, and any internal assessment of the subtopics not being assessed in the 2022 question paper.

Assignment: this will be removed for session 2021–22.

These modifications also apply to the National 5 Modern Studies Gaelic-medium subject.

Modern Studies Higher

Modifications for session 2021–22 remain the same as session 2020–21.

Question paper 1: the number of optional extended-response questions in each section will increase.

Assignment: this will be removed for session 2021–22.

These modifications also apply to the Higher Modern Studies Gaelic-medium subject.

Modern Studies Advanced Higher

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Question paper: there will be optionality for each 30-mark extended-response question: within each section, each topic area will contain a choice of two 30-mark extended-response questions where usually there is no choice.

These modifications also apply to the Advanced Higher Modern Studies Gaelic-medium subject.

Music National 3

Composing Skills unit: assessment standard 1.1 will not need to be assessed.

Performing Skills unit: we will reinstate the requirement to perform on two instruments, or one instrument and voice.

Understanding Music unit: there will be no modifications for this unit.

Music National 4

Composing Skills unit: assessment standards 1.1 and 1.2 will not need to be assessed.

Performing Skills unit: we will reinstate the requirement to perform on two instruments, or one instrument and voice.

Understanding Music unit: there will be no modifications for this unit.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Music National 5

Assignment: we will remove the composing part from the course assessment. However, centres should continue teaching composing skills to help candidates with progression to Higher Music in session 2022–23.

Performance: we will reinstate the requirement to perform on two instruments or one instrument and voice. The minimum programme duration will be 6 minutes, but must not exceed 6 minutes and 30 seconds.

Candidates will be required to perform all of their pieces in succession for each instrument or voice. Accompaniment will be mandatory, where stylistically appropriate. Drum kit players must perform three styles, rather than four.

Modified course structure:

Question paper: 40 marks (40%)

Performance — instrument 1: 30 marks (30%)

Performance — instrument 2: 30 marks (30%)

Music Higher

Assignment: we will remove the composing part from the course assessment. However, centres should continue teaching composing skills to help candidates with progression to Advanced Higher Music in session 2022–23.

Performance: we will reinstate the requirement to perform on two instruments or one instrument and voice. The minimum programme duration will be 10 minutes, but must not exceed 11 minutes.

Candidates will be required to perform all of their pieces in succession for each instrument or voice. Accompaniment will be mandatory, where stylistically appropriate. Drum kit players must perform four styles, rather than five.

Modified course structure:

Question paper: 40 marks (40%)

Performance — instrument 1: 30 marks (30%)

Performance — instrument 2: 30 marks (30%)

Music Advanced Higher

Assignment: we will remove the composing and analysis parts from course assessment. However, centres should continue teaching composing skills to support candidates’ listening and to help with progression to further or higher education.

Performance: we will reinstate the requirement to perform on two instruments or one instrument and voice. The minimum programme duration will be 15 minutes, but must not exceed 17 minutes.

Candidates will be required to perform all of their pieces in succession for each instrument or voice. Accompaniment will be mandatory, where stylistically appropriate. Drum kit players must perform five styles, rather than six.

Modified course structure:

Question paper: 40 marks (40%)

Performance — instrument 1: 30 marks (30%)

Performance — instrument 2: 30 marks (30%)

Music Technology National 3

Understanding 20th and 21st Century Music unit: assessment standard 1.2 will not need to be assessed.

Music Technology in Context and Music Technology Skills units: we will reinstate the assessment standards removed in session 2020–21.

Music Technology National 4

Music Technology in Context and Music Technology Skills units: we will reinstate the assessment standards removed in session 2020–21.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Music Technology National 5

Assignment: there are two tasks:

  • Task one, audio capture will not be assessed, and candidates must create a radio broadcast. Candidates can use the files provided by SQA for session 2020–21 in their radio broadcast or, if time allows, capture their own audio.
  • Task two, candidates must create another production in another context.

Question paper: we will not assess the awareness of the implications of intellectual property rights in session 2021–22 (question 6 of the specimen question paper).

Modified course structure:

Question paper: 36 marks (30%)

Assignment: 90 marks (70%)

We will publish a revised assignment for session 2021–22 and the document will be available by the end of August. Learning and teaching activities should focus on the technology skills detailed in the course specification before candidates start their assignment.

Music Technology Higher

Assignment: audio capture (10 marks) will be reinstated for the assignment. In addition, the evaluation will be mandatory in session 2021–22.

We will remove the requirement for candidates to select and use virtual and/or MIDI instruments to create electronic sound and/or music. This does not reduce the allocated marks.

Question paper: the following content will not be assessed:

  • awareness of the implications of intellectual property rights in the context of music production (question 5 of the specimen question paper)
  • understanding of how music technology has influenced, and been influenced by, developments in 20th and 21st century music and by key innovators (question 7 of the specimen question paper)

Modified course structure:

Question paper: 32 marks (30%)

Assignment: 80 marks (70%)

We will publish a revised assignment for session 2021–22 and the document will be available by the end of August. Learning and teaching activities should focus on the technology skills detailed in the course specification before candidates start their assignment.

Music Technology Advanced Higher

Projects: these will remain combined and audio capture (10 marks) will be reinstated. In addition, the evaluation will be mandatory in session 2021–22.

The research and production aspects of the project should be linked.

Modified course structure:

Project: 130 marks (100%)

We will publish a revised project for session 2021–22 and the document will be available by the end of August. Learning and teaching activities should focus on the technology skills detailed in the course specification before candidates start their project.

Music: Portfolio Advanced Higher

Assignment: we will remove the composing and analysis parts from course assessment.

Performance: we will reduce the volume of assessment — candidates will be required to perform for a minimum duration of 5 minutes, but must not exceed 7 minutes.

Candidates will be required to perform all of their pieces in succession for their instrument or voice. Accompaniment will be mandatory, where stylistically appropriate. Drum kit players must perform five styles, rather than six.

Portfolio: we will reduce the volume of assessment — candidates will be required to create a portfolio of a minimum duration of 5 minutes, but must not exceed7 minutes.

Modified course structure:

Question paper: 40 marks (40%)

Performance: 30 marks (25%)

Portfolio: 30 marks (35%)

Nuadh-Eolas (Modern Studies) National 3

See National 3 Modern Studies for modifications.

Nuadh-Eolas (Modern Studies) National 4

See National 4 Modern Studies for modifications.

Nuadh-Eolas (Modern Studies) National 5

See National 5 Modern Studies for modifications.

Nuadh-Eolas (Modern Studies) Higher

See Higher Modern Studies for modifications.

Nuadh-Eolas (Modern Studies) Advanced Higher

See Advanced Higher Modern Studies for modifications.

People and Society National 3

There will be no modifications for session 2021–22.

People and Society National 4

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Philosophy National 5

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Question paper: optional questions will allow candidates to answer on either Descartes or Hume.

Assignment: this will be removed for session 2021–22.

Philosophy Higher

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Question paper: optional questions will allow candidates to answer on either Descartes or Hume.

Photography Higher

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Project: we reduced the number of final images required from 12 to 8 images. We provided guidance to assist centres about the types of equipment candidates could use (for example mobile phones and tablets) and what topics are less time-consuming. This guidance remains valid.

Physical Education National 3

Performance Skills unit: there will be no modifications for session 2021–22.

Factors Impacting on Performance unit: we will publish guidance about collecting information on whole performance by reflecting on previous performance and reviewing the potential impact of improvements.

Physical Education National 4

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Performance Skills unit: we will publish guidance about assessing co-operation while maintaining physical distancing, use of safe practice, etiquette and managing emotions.

Factors Impacting on Performance unit: we will publish guidance about collecting information on whole performance by reflecting on previous performance and considering the potential impact of improvements.

Physical Education National 5

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21 with the following exception:

Portfolio: assessment conditions for completing the portfolio, which were relaxed to provide further flexibility for candidates to complete the assessment outwith the learning and teaching setting, have returned to normal.

Physical Education Higher

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Performance
The coursework assessment task is modified to assess candidate ability to effectively perform in one physical activity instead of two.

Performance assessment item: extent to which rules and regulations are followed and etiquette is displayed (including working with others). ‘Working with others’ can be assessed by observing the level of cooperation demonstrated through interactions with an opponent or partner while observing physical distancing. Appropriate etiquette can be observed through adhering to rules or demonstrating suitable behaviour pre-, during, or post-performance.

Question paper
Area of mandatory content: key planning information — interpretation of qualitative and quantitative information to allow identification of strengths and prioritise areas for development.

Personal reflections about the effectiveness of the personal development plan (PDP) can be supported by test results and/or focused data collection.

Qualitative information can be the basis for strengths and weaknesses being identified and prioritised. The use of a teacher, lecturer or coach to corroborate judgements would provide further validity and/or reliability.

Area of mandatory content: recording, monitoring and evaluating performance development – evaluation of the PDP process – making informed decisions based on evidence recorded from the monitoring process to judge the effectiveness of the performance development process.

Personal reflections about the effectiveness of the PDP can be supported by test results and/or focused data collection. This would enable candidates to make evaluative statements about the potential impact of improvements on whole performance and targets set.

Physical Education Advanced Higher

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Performance
Assessment item: extent to which rules and regulations are followed and etiquette is displayed (including working with others). ‘Working with others’ can be assessed by observing the level of cooperation demonstrated through interactions with an opponent or partner while observing physical distancing. Appropriate etiquette can be observed through adhering to rules or demonstrating suitable behaviour pre-, during, or post-performance.

Project
Stage 1: collecting information to analyse factor(s) impacting performance Qualitative information from personal reflections can be used as a source for candidates to consider how the different factors can influence effective performance. Relevant results from recognised tests and analytical tools will also provide evidence of the impact of these factors upon a performance. Information from these could be qualitative and/or quantitative.

Stage 4: analysing progress and evaluating the performance development process, including considering future development needs.

Personal reflections about the effectiveness of the PDP process can be supported by test results and/or focused data collection. This would enable candidates to make evaluative statements about the potential impact of improvements on whole performance and targets set.

Physics National 3

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

The requirement to complete outcome 1 in all units has been removed.

There will be no modifications to J20D 76 – Researching Physics and J2B9 77 – Investigating Physics, as these two units are entirely practical based — removing the requirement to pass the outcome would have meant nothing was required to pass the units.

Physics National 4

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

The requirement to complete outcome 1 in all units has been removed.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Physics National 5

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Assignment: this will be removed for session 2021–22.

Question paper: no changes.

Physics Higher

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Assignment: this will be removed for session 2021–22.

Question paper: no changes.

Physics Advanced Higher

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Project: this will be removed for session 2021–22.

Question paper: no changes.

Politics Higher

Question paper 1: for session 2021–22, section 2 will contain the 12-mark extended-response questions, and in this section, there will be a choice of three questions, one from each content area.

Assignment: this will be removed for session 2021–22.

Practical Cake Craft National 5

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

There will be no requirement to link the assignment and practical activity.

Assignment: only section 1 required.

Practical activity: evidence could either be based on one cake, or individual pieces of evidence could be collected on a portfolio basis.

Practical Cookery National 3

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Outcome 2 will be removed from the Understanding and Using Ingredients unit.

Practical Cookery National 4

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Outcome 2 will be removed from the Understanding and Using Ingredients unit.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Practical Cookery National 5

For session 2021–22 we will reinstate the link between the assignment and practical activity, and issue new, secure recipes to be used for both components.

New recipes for the practical activity will be developed for session 2021–22 — these will only be available from SQA’s secure website. The assignment should also be based on these recipes to maintain rigour, coherence, and the vital link with the practical activity.

Dishes in the practical activity can be produced individually, as opposed to in a single sitting.

Practical Craft Skills National 3

There will be no modifications for session 2021–22.

Practical Electronics National 4

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Practical Electronics National 5

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Question paper: removing this component for session 2021–22 (30% of course assessment) allows teachers and lecturers to focus on practical skills. We expect theory still to be delivered and candidates can evidence their understanding of this through the practical activity.

Practical Metalworking National 4

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

We have made no modifications to the course, including no modifications to the added value unit, as it aligns to the National 5 practical activity.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Practical Metalworking National 5

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Question paper: removing this component for session 2021–22 (30% of course assessment) allows teachers and lecturers to focus on practical skills. We expect theory still to be delivered and candidates can evidence their understanding of this though the practical activity.

Practical activity: in session 2020–21 we republished the 2019–20 practical activity, as teachers and lecturers were familiar with it and the materials they required. Re-issuing this activity reduced preparation and planning time for centres. We also published it a month earlier than usual, allowing more flexibility in centres as candidates could complete it at any time during the year, once their teacher or lecturer was satisfied they had the skills to do so. For session 2021–22, the same arrangements will be in place.

Practical Woodworking National 4

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Practical Woodworking National 5

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Question paper: removing this component for session 2021–22 (30% of course assessment) allows teachers and lecturers to focus on practical skills. We expect theory still to be delivered and candidates can evidence their understanding of this though the practical activity.

Practical activity: to help teachers and lecturers, we will re-issue the practical activity from session 2020–21 and publish it earlier in the session, allowing more flexibility in centres.

Psychology National 5

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Question paper: optional questions from both sections of the question paper will be removed, and the mark allocation for the mandatory topic in both sections will increase to 25 marks. The total mark allocation for the question paper will reduce from 70 to 50 marks, and the duration from 2 hours to 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Assignment: assignment conditions will be eased, allowing teachers and lecturers to suggest the research topic to candidates.

Normal component weightings will remain, with the question paper worth 70% and the assignment worth 30% of a candidate’s grade.

Psychology Higher

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Question paper: optional questions from both sections of the question paper will be removed, and the mark allocation for the mandatory topic in both sections will be 30 marks. The total mark allocation for the question paper will be 60 marks, and the duration will reduce from 2 hours and 40 minutes to 2 hours.

Assignment: assignment conditions will be eased, allowing teachers and lecturers to suggest the research topic to candidates.

Normal component weightings will remain, with the question paper worth roughly 67% and the assignment worth roughly 33% of a candidate’s grade.

Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies National 3

There will be no modifications for session 2021–22.

Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies National 4

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies National 5

Question paper: some subtopic areas of content will not be assessed in the 2022 question paper.

Teachers and lecturers should deliver the course as normal, however the following areas from the Morality and Belief section will not be assessed in the 2022 question paper, and so centres will be free to decide timing and depth of delivery, and any internal assessment of these subtopics. All subtopic areas are the same as session 2020–21 apart from Morality and Justice.

Section 2: Morality and Belief:

Part A: Morality and Justice

  • causes of crime: poverty, environment, psychological factors

Part B: Morality and Relationships

  • marriage: arranged marriages, co-habitation, same-sex marriages, divorce

Part C: Morality, Environment and Global Issues

  • environmental crises: global warming, depletion of resources, biodiversity

Part D: Morality, Medicine and the Human Body

  • use of embryos: reproductive, research, therapeutic

Part E: Morality and Conflict

  • modern armaments: weapons of mass destruction, smart weapons, conventional weapons

Assignment: this will be removed for session 2021–22.

Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies Higher

Question paper 1 — World Religion and Morality and Belief
Some subtopic areas of content will not be assessed in the 2022 question paper. Teachers and lecturers should deliver the course as normal, however the following areas from the Morality and Belief section will not be assessed in the 2022 question paper, and so centres will be free to decide timing and depth of delivery, and any internal assessment of these subtopics. All subtopic areas are the same as session 2020–21 apart from Morality and Justice.

Section 2: Morality and Belief:

Part A: Morality and Justice

  • causes of crime: environmental influences, psychological factors

Part B: Morality and Relationships

  • marriage: arranged marriage, forced marriage, same-sex marriage, divorce

Part C: Morality, Environment and Global Issues

  • environmental issues: climate change, depletion of resources, biodiversity

Part D: Morality, Medicine and the Human Body

  • use of embryos: reproductive, therapeutic, research

Part E: Morality and Conflict

  • modern armaments: weapons of mass destruction, conventional weapons, smart weapons

Assignment: this will be removed for session 2021–22.

Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies Advanced Higher

Question paper: an additional optional essay question will be included in each section.

The following areas of the course will be assessed in the source questions:

  • Philosophy of Religion: Teleological argument and responses
  • Religious Experience: Understandings of religious experience
  • Medical Ethics: Beginning of life

Project–dissertation: no changes.

Science National 3

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

The requirement to complete outcome 1 in all units has been removed.

Science National 4

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

The requirement to complete outcome 1 in all units has been removed.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Sociology National 5

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Question paper: the Social Issues section will be removed. There will now be two sections:

Question 1: Human Society (30 marks)

Question 2: Culture and Identity (20 marks)

The total mark allocation for the question paper will reduce from 70 to 50 marks, and the duration will reduce from 2 hours to 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Assignment: no changes.

Normal component weightings will remain, with the question paper worth 70% and the assignment worth 30% of a candidate’s grade.

Sociology Higher

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Question paper: the Social Issues section will be removed. There will now be two sections:

Question 1: Human Society (30 marks)

Question 2: Culture and Identity (25 marks)

The total mark allocation for the question paper will reduce from 80 to 55 marks, and the duration will reduce from 2 hours and 40 minutes to 1 hour and 50 minutes.

Assignment: no changes.

Normal component weightings will remain, with the question paper worth roughly 73% and the assignment worth roughly 27% of a candidate’s grade.

Spanish National 3

There will be no modifications for session 2021–22.

Spanish National 4

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Spanish National 5

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Assignment–writing: we removed this component from the course assessment, reducing the overall number of raw course assessment marks by 20 marks.

Spanish Higher

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Assignment–writing: we removed this component from the course assessment, reducing the overall number of raw course assessment marks by 20 marks.

Spanish Advanced Higher

Portfolio: this will be reinstated.

Performance–talking: we will reduce the length of time from 20 to 15 minutes and remove the requirement to discuss the portfolio.

Statistics Advanced Higher

The following content will not be assessed in the question papers in session 2021–22: using control charts.

The marks and durations are:

Question paper 1: 30 marks, 1 hour

Question paper 2: 80 marks, 2 hours and 30 minutes

Urdu National 3

There will be no modifications for session 2021–22.

Urdu National 4

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

There will be no requirement to complete the added value unit assessment.

Urdu National 5

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Assignment–writing: we removed this component from the course assessment, reducing the overall number of raw course assessment marks by 20 marks.

Urdu Higher

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Assignment–writing: we removed this component from the course assessment, reducing the overall number of raw course assessment marks by 20 marks.

Art and Design Freestanding unit

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Outcome 2
Assessment standard 2.2: we will reduce the number of analytical drawings and/or studies required from three to two.
Assessment standard 2.5: there will be no requirement to complete this assessment standard.

Art and Design Freestanding unit

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Outcome 2
Assessment standard 2.2: we will reduce the number of analytical drawings and/or studies required from three to two.
Assessment standard 2.5: there will be no requirement to complete this assessment standard.

Biology Freestanding unit

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

The requirement to complete outcome 1 in all units has been removed.

Chemistry Freestanding unit

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

The requirement to complete outcome 1 in all units has been removed.

Dance Freestanding unit

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Dance: Technical Skills (SCQF level 5)
Guidance for delivering technique lessons, with restrictions on teaching spaces and approaches.

Dance: Choreography (SCQF level 5)
Guidance regarding suitable choreographic devices, spatial elements, and group sizes for choreographies.

Dance Freestanding unit

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Dance: Technical Skills (SCQF level 6)
Guidance for delivering technique lessons, with restrictions on teaching spaces and approaches.

Dance: Choreography (SCQF level 6)
Guidance regarding suitable choreographic devices, spatial elements, and group sizes for choreographies.

English Freestanding unit

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Spoken Language: we removed the requirement to assess talk from the following units:

  • Literacy (SCQF level 5)
  • English: Creation and Production (SCQF level 5)
  • English: Creation and Production (SCQF level 6)
Environmental Science Freestanding unit

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

The requirement to complete outcome 1 in all units has been removed.

Health and Food Technology Freestanding unit

Assessment standards 2.2 and 2.3 will be removed from the Food for Health unit.

Only one investigation should be undertaken in the Food Product Development unit.

Human Biology Freestanding unit

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

The requirement to complete outcome 1 in all units has been removed.

Physical Education Freestanding unit

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Performance Skills unit: we will publish guidance about assessing co-operation while maintaining physical distancing.

Factors Impacting on Performance unit: we will publish guidance about collecting information on whole performance by reflecting on previous performance and evaluating the potential impact of improvements.

Physical Education Freestanding unit

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Performance Skills unit: we will publish guidance about assessing co-operation while maintaining physical distancing, appropriate reactions and safe adaptations in response to challenging variables.

Factors Impacting on Performance unit: we will publish guidance about collecting information on whole performance by reflecting on previous performance and evaluating the potential impact of improvements.

Physical Education Freestanding unit

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

Performance Skills unit: there will be no modifications for session 2021–22.

Factors Impacting on Performance unit: we will publish guidance about collecting information on whole performance by reflecting on previous performance and evaluating the potential impact of improvements.

Physics Freestanding unit

Modifications for session 2021–22 will remain the same as session 2020–21.

The requirement to complete outcome 1 in all units has been removed.

There will be no modifications to J20D 76 – Researching Physics and J2B9 77 – Investigating Physics, as these two units are entirely practical based — removing the requirement to pass the outcome would have meant nothing was required to pass the units.