The new Advanced Highers build upon Highers, helping to develop candidates’ knowledge and understanding of key concepts; they are also designed to better enable candidates to interpret, critically analyse, evaluate and reflect on information.There is also greater emphasis on skills development, including higher-order (critical) thinking skills, creativity and innovation, research and investigation skills, extended essay-writing skills and independent study skills.The aim is to provide a solid basis for progression into higher education while developing candidates with a more mature approach to study that will help sustain success at degree study and beyond.
This combines different skills, knowledge and understanding from across the course into a synoptic external assessment (which may be made up of one or more components).
Students are required to pass the external assessment in order to achieve the Advanced Higher course.
Advanced Highers are not the standard entry requirement for Scottish applicants to Scottish HEPs, but are for several HEPs in the rest of the UK.
Advanced Highers also provide access to employment, further education and training.
Course and Unit Support Notes are also available for each subject: org.uk/browsecfesubjects.
Grading is derived from the added value (externality and synoptic assessment) in the course assessment.
See the Course Assessment Specification on the subject page for specific information: org.uk/NQ.
SQA offers one annual opportunity for Course assessment.
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).