Pupils in S4 to S6 will be put forward for a range of SQA qualifications dependant on their subject choices.

National 2 to National 4 qualifications are based on unit assessments, National 5 qualifications traditionally include a final exam in May, however some are now based on unit assessments due to the practical nature of the qualification. Highers and Advanced Highers are mainly sat by pupils in S5 and S6 with some subjects also offering baccalaureate qualifications.

In addition to traditional national qualifications, young people can study some alternative qualifications such as Design, Engineer, Construct and Foundation Apprenticeships. 

You can find out more information about the qualifications offered by each subject on our Pathways section of the website here

To help young people prepare for their exams, a wealth of information is available for pupils, their families and staff members on the SQA website.

Prelims 2021-22

S4 Prelims

The prelim diet starts on Monday 29 November 2021 and finishes on Monday 20 December 2021 and will only take place if it is safe to do so. The SQA will continue to monitor public health advice.

Please note that timings of prelims are subject to change and some prelims will take place during class time, if this is the case teachers will notify the relevant pupils. S4 pupils who are sitting prelims are permitted study leave from Tuesday 30 of November 2021 to Thursday 9 of December 2021 inclusive, with a return date of Friday 10 December 2021. Pupils can work from home during this time.

The Prelim Timetable can be viewed below and by clicking here.

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Tuesday 26 April 2022 and finishes on Wednesday 1 June 2022 and will only take place if it is safe to do so. The SQA will continue to monitor public health advice. 


Results day is on the 9 August 2022. 


Useful Links 

SQA Update: National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher assessments 2021-22 - 15 September 2021

SQA Update: Assessment of National Qualifications in 2021-22 - 18 August 2021