Update on National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher courses 2020-21 – Learner message

On Monday 4 January, the First Minister announced that, as part of a national lockdown, schools across Scotland will use remote learning until at least the beginning of February. Following this announcement, the National Qualifications 2021 Group has met to consider the impact this will have on schools delivering National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher courses under the alternative certification model.

The National Qualifications Group is working through a range of scenarios and is considering any potential changes that might be needed to the alternative certification model that will be used to award your courses this year. This may include extending the date for when schools and colleges send provisional results to SQA.

Learning and teaching

The priority for schools and colleges during January should be to maximise your learning and teaching time.

Given the move to remote learning, assessment of your evidence cannot be undertaken unless you have been taught the main parts of your course. This will impact on the timing of assessment, which can take place later in the session.

Keeping you updated

Your school or college will receive regular updates on any guidance and assessment resources which will support your teacher or lecturer to gather evidence, consistently apply the national standard and make accurate assessment judgements. Ask your teacher or lecturer if you want to find out more information about this.

Stay up to date on 2021 National Qualifications.

National Qualifications 2021 Group

The National Qualifications 2021 Group is represented by the Association of Directors of Education in Scotland (ADES), Colleges Scotland, Education Scotland, the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS), School Leaders Scotland (SLS), the Scottish Council of Independent Schools (SCIS), Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), the Scottish Government, National Parent Forum of Scotland, and the Scottish Youth Parliament.