National exams in 2022 – information for parents and carers on next year’s National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher courses

We want to take this opportunity to reassure you that plans are in place to support your child through their National 5, Higher, and Advanced Higher course assessments in 2021-22.

14 December 2021 - SQA - Categories: Advanced Higher, Awarding 2022 Programme, Higher, National 5, Parents

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These plans, which have been developed with our partners across the education system, take account of the fact that young people continue to face disruption to their learning because of the ongoing pandemic.

As your child prepares for their national exams in spring next year, they can be confident that the grades awarded to them on results day will be a fair reflection of what they know, and what they can do.

How will National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher courses be assessed in 2022?

We’ve outlined a summary of how learners will be assessed in 2021-22, including what will happen if the exams cannot go ahead. You can find more information in this blogpost.

How is SQA supporting learners with exams and assessments this year?

We have already made significant changes – referred to as modifications – to course assessments (exams and/or coursework) to make them more manageable and allow for lost learning and teaching caused by the pandemic.

Depending on the subject, the assessment modifications may include removing or reducing elements of an exam or coursework, providing more choice or time during an assessment or removing a topic from the exam.

If your child has additional support needs, help is available for them during their exams. Please speak to your child’s school or college for more information about the arrangements that they can put in place.

As in previous years, services will also be in place to support your child if they are unable to sit their exams due to unforeseen circumstances, such as illness or bereavement, or if they receive results they were not expecting. We will provide more information on these services in the New Year to explain how they will work and what this means for your child.

What happens if the 2022 exams are cancelled?

Your child’s teachers or lecturers are already gathering examples of the assessment work your child has been completing in each course and they will use this to determine their estimate grades.

Should the Scottish Government cancel the exams due to public health restrictions, your child’s teachers or lecturers will use this same evidence to determine a provisional result for each course. Your child will not be required to undertake any additional assessments.

Where can I find more information on National Qualifications in 2021-22?

Your child’s school, college or training provider should have received copies of our guide to National Qualifications 2021-22 booklet, which you may also find useful.

To stay up to date, please visit and follow us on Facebook @ScottishQualifcatiionsAuthority.

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