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.
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.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.Unit assessment may be undertaken at the end of each Unit or through holistic or combined assessment across two or more Units.Unit assessment is marked by the teacher or lecturer and is not graded.To gain a Course award, candidates must achieve a Pass in each of the Units of the Course as well as achieve a grade D or above in the Course assessment.The Course and Unit Specifications stipulate the nature of both Unit and Course assessment and are available on the subject page.This means that candidates may take Advanced Highers in a single examination diet or in different examination diets.In schools to date, Advanced Highers have most commonly been taken in S6; however, under Cf E different patterns of Advanced Highers provision are emerging with Advanced Highers being taken in S5 and even in S4, but in smaller numbers.SCQF Level 7 is the starting level for Scottish higher education on the SCQF.Applicants to HE may be awarded direct entry to the second year at Scottish HEPs for certain degree subjects based on specified achievement in two or three Advanced Highers.