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Qualifications Guidance 2020-21

SQA has reviewed its approaches to assessment to help centres with the management of assessment under the restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Staff should read the information below and all associated guidance, which is published on the subject pages.

Graded Units

We are removing the need to complete the assessment of Graded Units (exam-based and project-based) in HN and SQA Advanced Qualification Group Awards for the current academic session 2020-21. Grading will be determined by teaching staff directly involved in the delivery and assessment of the course using evidence generated during completion of the units in an award. See guidance on the subject pages for more details.

Adapting Assessment Conditions

SQA is supporting centres by offering a flexible approach to delivery and assessment for session 2020-21. This includes adapting assessment requirements for units in the Group Award, including closed book to open book. Please read Supporting the delivery, assessment and verification of SQA units, session 2020-21 on the subject pages.

There are some units with assessment conditions where adaptations are restricted, so please read the Internally-Assessed Guidance 2020-21 on the subject pages for the following frameworks:

  • Business Frameworks
  • Hospitality Frameworks
  • Travel and Tourism Frameworks

Pre-Verification support

This service is available to centres who want reassurance in adapting their closed-book assessments or using combined assessment approaches. If adapting an assessment, centres are not permitted to use SQA-devised closed-book ASPs and deliver as open-book. Centres wanting to adapt a closed-book assessment to open-book must use their own centre-devised assessments. Centres can use SQA-devised open-book assessments and deliver online – you do not need to submit a pre-verification request for these as the conditions remain the same (open-book). There is also the usual Prior Verification support.

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