SQA Alternative Certification Model

Please see below documents relating to the Alternative Certification Model used to award pupils provisional grades for session 2020-21. In addition, the Details of Assessments document has been also shown in table format below.

Details of SQA Assessments - Wick High School - 2020-21

Details of Assessments Wick High School   
English & Modern Languages Department
AssessmentComponentsContent
English National 5S4 N5RUAEPassage/Questions
Critical ReadingScottish Poetry/Critical Essay on text
FolioWriting piece x1
S5 N5RUAEPassage/Questions
Critical ReadingScottish Poetry/Critical Essay on text
FolioWriting piece x 1
English Higher1RUAEPassage/Questions
2Critical ReadingScottish Poetry/Critical Essay on text
3FolioWriting piece x1
N5 French1SQA exam style assessmentReading
2Writing
3Talking
4Listening
Higher German1SQA exam style assessmentReading
2Writing
3Talking
4Listening
Higher German was delivered through the Highland Virtual Academy
Maths Business and Computing Science
Assessment ComponentsContent
N5 Maths1 (S4)SQA exam style assessmentPaper 1 Non-Calculator
Paper 2 Calculator
1 (S5/6)SQA exam style assessmentPaper 1 Non-Calculator
Paper 2 Calculator
2Other exam style assessmentPaper 1 Non-Calculator
Paper 2 Calculator
Higher Maths1SQA exam style assessmentPaper 1 Non-Calculator
2SQA exam style assessmentPaper 2 Calculator
Adv H Maths1SQA exam style assessmentsDelivered by the Highland Virtual Academy online
N5 Computing1SQA exam style assessmentsUnits were mixed and delivered in three parts
Higher Computing Science1SQA exam style assessmentsUnits were mixed and delivered in three parts
AH Computing Science1SQA exam style assessmentsUnits were mixed and delivered in three parts
N5 Business1SQA Exam style AssessmentsDelivered through North Highland College
2SQA Unit assessments as requiredDelivered through North Highland College
Higher Business1SQA Exam style AssessmentsDelivered through North Highland College
2SQA Unit assessments as requiredDelivered through North Highland College
Physical Education, Music Health and Food Technology and Practical Cookery
Assessment ComponentsContent
N5 PE1Practical Performance One-off performance in first chosen activity
2PortfolioSQA Coursework assessmnet covering all theory topics (Completed May - June)
H PE1Practical Performance One-off performance in first chosen activity
2Question PaperSections 1-3 of 2020 SQA Paper (In 3 sittings)
N5 Practical Cookery1Practical Perofrmance Praparing, cooking and serving 2 courses (as set out by SQA)
2AssignmentTime plan for three courses with equipment list and serving details.
3Question PaperSQA 2021 question Paper
N5 Health and Food Tech1AssignmentPupil choice from 2021 SQA briefs. Completed Nov-Mar.
2Question PaperSQA 2021 question Paper (In 2 sections)
Higher Health and Food Tech1AssignmentPupil choice from 2021 SQA briefs. Completed Nov-Mar.
2Question PaperSQA 2021 question Paper (In 2 sections)
N5 Music1Practical PerformancePerformance on either One instrument OR Voice. Recorded as individual pieces,
2Question PaperSQA 2021 Listening Paper
Higher Music1Practical PerformancePerformance on either One instrument OR Voice. Recorded as individual pieces,
2Question PaperSQA 2021 Listening Paper
Technology & Art Faculty
Assessment ComponentsContent
N5 Graphic Communication1SQA exam style assessmentCAD, Digital Techniques
2SQA exam style assessmentDTP, Identifying Graphics, Scale
3AssignmentSQA 2021 Assignment Task
Note: the N5 course award weighting will be 62% for the question papers and 38% for the assignment.
N5 Woodwork1SQA exam style assessmentSustainability, Materials, Measuring and Marking, Benchwork Tools, Machinery, Finishing, Drilling
2SQA exam style assessmentSafety, Turning
AssignmentSQA 2021 Assignment Task
Note: the N5 course award weighting will be 30% for the question papers and 70% for the practical activity.
Assessment ComponentsContent
N5 Design and Manufacture1SQA exam style assessmentProduct Analysis - covering the manufacturing process and materials.
2SQA exam style assessmentThe Design Process - evaluation and identifying idea generation techniques.
3SQA exam style assessmentManufacturing and Tools
4AssignmentSQA 2021 Assignment Task - Design and Practical
Note: the N5 course award weighting will be 44% for the question papers and 56% overall for the assignment.
AssessmentActivityContent
Higher Graphic Communication1SQA exam style assessmentCAD, Filetypes, Tangency
2SQA exam style assessmentDTP, Reading Drawings, DTP Features
3AssignmentSQA 2021 Assignment Task
Higher Design and Manufacture1SQA exam style assessmentProduct Analysis - covering the manufacturing process and materials.
2SQA exam style assessmentThe Design Process - evaluation and identifying idea generation techniques.
3SQA exam style assessmentManufacturing and Tools
4AssignmentSQA 2021 Assignment Task - Design and Practical
N5 Art & Design1Expressive portfolioProcess, Skills and Evaluation
2Design portfolioProcess, Skills and Evaluation
3SQA exam style assessmentArt Studies
Higher Art & Design1Expressive portfolioProcess, Skills and Evaluation
2Design portfolioProcess, Skills and Evaluation
3SQA exam style assessmentDesign Studies
AH Art & Design1Portfolio - Expressive or DesignPractical, Contextual Analysis, Evaluation
Social Subjects and RMPS Faculty
AssessmentActivityContent
N5 History1Timed unit assessmentsUnit practice questions and activities as required
2SQA exam style assessmentScottish: Era of the Great War
3British: The Atlantic Slave Trade
4European and World: Rise of the Nazis
H History1Timed unit assessmentsUnit practice questions and activities as required
2SQA exam style assessmentScottish: Migration and Empire
3British: Britain - 1851-1951
4European and World: American Civil Rights 1918-1968
Adv H History1SQA 2021 AssessmentAH History was delivered by the Highland Virtual Academy online
2Class based assessments as required
N5 Modern Studies1Timed unit assessmentsUnit practice questions and activities as required
2SQA exam style assessmentDemocracy in Scotland Unit
3Crime and the Law Unit
4International Issues: The Migration Crisis
H Modern Studies1Timed unit assessmentsUnit practice questions and activities as required
2SQA exam style assessmentDemocracy in Scotland and the UK Unit
3Social Inequality in the UK
4International Issues: Terrorism
N5 Geography1Timed unit assessmentsUnit practice questions and activities as required
2SQA exam style assessmentPhysical Environments
3Human Environments
4Global Issues
H Geography1Timed unit assessmentsUnit practice questions and activities as required
2SQA exam style assessmentPhysical Environments
3Human Environments
4Global Issues Paper Part 1 - Global Climate Change
5Global Issues Paper Part 2 - Geographical Skills
N5 RMPS1SQA exam style assessmentMorality and Belief: Morality and Medicine
2Religious and Philosophical Questioning: Evil and Suffering
3World Religion: Buddhism
Science Faculty
Assessment ComponentsContent
N5 Biology1SQA 2021 exam Assessment Delivered in 3 separate 50 minute sections, split in order of SQA assessment. Covered the entire course.
2SQA Unit AssessmentsSQA Freestanding Units: Unit 1 (Cell Biology), Unit 2 (Multicellular Organisms) and Unit 3 (Biology: Life on Earth)
3Unit 3 A/B testInhouse Unit 3 - Life on Earth.
H Human Biology1SQA 2021 exam Assessment Delivered in 3 separate 50 minute sections, split in order of SQA assessment (Section 1, Section 2 Q1- 9 and Section 2 Q 10 - 14). Covered the entire course.
2SQA Unit AssessmentsSQA Freestanding Units: Unit 1 (Human Biology: Neurobiology and Immunology), Unit 2 (Human Biology: Human Cells), and Unit 3 (Human Biology: Physiology and Health)
3A/B TestSQA Unit 1((Human Biology: Neurobiology and Immunology) and Unit 2((Human Biology: Human Cells, key areas 1-4)
4SQA 2021 exam Assessment 2Content covering all three SQA Units written by another Centre with additional SQA questions
AH Biology1SQA 2021 exam Assessment Assessment competed in one sitting
2SQA Unit AssessmentSQA Unit 3 (Biology: Metabolism and Survival)
3Unit 3 A/B AssessmentInhouse Unit 3 ( (Biology: Metabolism and Survival) A/B plus problem solving and data handling
N5 Chemistry1SQA 2021 exam Assessment Delivered in 3 separate 50 minute sections, split in consecutive order of SQA assessment. Covered the entire course.
SQA Unit AssessmentsSqa Freestanding Units: Unit 1 (Chemical Changes & Structure), Unit 2 (Chemistry in Society) and Unit3 (Nature's Chemistry)
2Inhouse Unit AssessmentInhouse Unit 1 assessment, Chemical Changes & Structure which was verified by the SQA with guidance from the SQA on use for grade boundaries (30% Grade A questions agreed by the SQA) and marking guidance.
H Chemistry1SQA 2021 exam Assessment Delivered in 4 separate 50 minute sections, split in consecutive order of SQA assessment. Covered the entire course.
SQA Unit AssessmentsSQA Freestanding Units: Unit 1(Chemical Changes & Structure), Unit 2 (Nature's Chemistry) and Unit 3 (Chemistry in Society)
2Class based assessmentsSeries of short assessments using SQA past paper questions and in class under test conditions.
AH Chemistry1SQA 2021 AssessmentAH Chemistry was delivered by the Highland Virtual Academy online
Class based assessments as required
2Experimental techniques completed at Wick High School.
N5 Physics1SQA 2021 Physics exam Assessment Delivered in 3 separate 50 minute sections, split in order of units. Unit 1 (Physics: Electricity and Energy, J26L 75), Unit 2 (Physics: Waves and Radiation, J2CL 75) and Unit 3 (Physics: Dynamics and Space, J2CK 75).Covered the entire course.
2SQA Unit AssessmentsSQA Freestanding Units: Unit 1 (Physics: Electricity and Energy, J26L 75), Unit 2 (Physics: Waves and Radiation, J2CL 75) and Unit 3 (Physics: Dynamics and Space, J2CK 75).
H Physics1SQA 2021 exam Assessment Paper 1 - multiple choice covering entire course and extended response questions for the Unit "Our Dynamic Universe"
2SQA 2021 exam Assessment Paper 2 Extended response questions - Particles & Waves and Electricity
3Content from all three SQA Units covered: Unit 1 (Physics: Electricity), Unit 2 (Physics: Our Dynamic Universe ) and Unit 3 (Physics: Particles and Waves)
AH Physics1SQA 2021 AssessmentAH Physics was delivered by the Highland Virtual Academy online
2Class based assessments as required
N5 Practical Electronics1SQA 2021 exam Assessment Delivered in 2 separate sections.
N5 Environmental Science1SQA 2021 exam Assessment Delivered in 2 separate parts (Section 1 questions and combined Section 2 & 3 questions) in consecutive order of the actual SQA 2021 Assessment. The Section 2 questions were inhouse assessments and externally verified by our partner schools. Questions covered the entire course.