All new Advanced Highers are developed according to SQA’s Design Principles for the new National Courses and the SCQF level descriptors in order to ensure the consistency of standards, validity and reliability across subjects.SCQF Level 7 sits across Levels 3 and 4 in England, Northern Ireland and Wales.
However, smaller and larger Units make up some Advanced Highers, depending on fitness for purpose.
An additional eight SCQF credit points (80 notional learning hours) are achieved through the added value provided in the course award, which is the externally assessed component(s) from which the grade is wholly derived.
In some cases, for example due to timetabling decisions or size of provider, a learner may not have the opportunity to take Advanced Highers at their school or college.
Advanced Highers are made up of National Units totalling 24 SCQF credit points (240 notional learning hours), usually including three Units each worth 8 SCQF credit points.
See the Course Assessment Specification on the subject page for specific information: org.uk/NQ.
SQA offers one annual opportunity for Course assessment.Most components of Course assessment are wholly externally assessed, but where appropriate to the skills, knowledge and understanding being assessed, Course assessment may be made up of a combination of externally- and internally-assessed (and externally verified) components which contribute to the grade.Course assessment combines different skills, knowledge and understanding, usually into two or more synoptic externally-assessed components which assess breadth and/or depth across the Course.The Course assessment measures retention, integration and application of skills, knowledge and understanding as appropriate.Grades are awarded on the basis of the Course assessment only.The new Advanced Highers currently do not contain optional Units.For further information, see the Course and Unit Specification documents by subject at: org.uk/browsecfesubjects All Units are levelled at SCQF Level 7.Where appropriate, some Units are assessed through methods such as an assignment, practical activities, performance or portfolio evidence.Course assessment will usually have two or more components, which will be drawn from the seven assessment methods used in National Qualifications — a question paper (exam) and/or coursework (either an assignment, case study, portfolio, practical activity, performance or project).It is subject to internal verification in the centre and to rigorous external quality assurance by SQA.Units are assessed according to the Conditions of Assessment appropriate to the subject and the level.