Assessment in a Nutshell: National Qualifications

National Qualifications are:

  • for young people in S4, S5, S6 and college as part of their Senior Phase in Curriculum for Excellence
  • offered in a wide range of subjects and at different levels
  • designed to progress learning. Most learners start their journey towards formal qualifications with National 4 and/or National 5 courses progressing from the Level 3 and 4 Experiences and Outcomes in the Broad General Education. Some may start at National 1, 2 or 3, or others may progress directly to Higher
  • designed and quality assured by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and delivered by schools and colleges, in accordance with SQA guidelines and requirements
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