New Qualifications – Latest Update for Parents

30 March 2012

New QualificationsUpdate for Parents/Carers

New Resources for Parents

A new series of film clips, doctor aimed at parents, healing has been added to the parents section of the SQA website:

The clips feature Dr John Allan, Policy Manager at SQA, and answer some of the most common questions from parents about the new qualifications.

Developed Qualifications – 30 April 2012

By 30 April 2012, the final documents for the qualifications from National 2 – Higher will be published on our website.

We have been publishing draft documents at each stage of the development process for review and feedback and have carried out extensive engagement with many different groups and individuals.

This feedback has been taken on board in the production of the final documents.
Qualifications in Development

Advanced Higher

We have now begun developing the new Advanced Higher qualifications which will be introduced in 2015/16 and the first draft documents (the Course Rationales and Summaries, the blueprint for the new Advanced Highers) have been published.

Use the subject drop-down menu at find the documents for each subject.

Advanced Higher qualifications will be developed in the same way as the other qualifications – our diagram shows the process –

You can give your feedback via Have Your Say –

Advanced Highers allow young people to take the skills, knowledge and understanding they have already acquired from previous study to a deeper and more challenging level.

The fundamental features and characteristics of current Advanced Higher Courses will be preserved in the new and revised Courses.

Find out more about Advanced Higher –

The latest summaries of feedback we have received on the new qualifications have now been published at
Music Courses

Following our recent engagement with stakeholders – including schools, colleges and practitioners- about a new proposed assessment structure in Music Courses, we would like to confirm the original proposed weighting (60% Performance/40% Question Paper) in National 5 and Higher courses will remain. Composing skills will be assessed in Unit assessment.