Exams in Scotland given green light to go ahead for 2022, with support in place

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The Scottish exam season is back on track for 2022, after being cancelled to COVID last year.

The Scottish Government has confirmed that this years exam period is back on track for 2022.

It comes as for the past two years, all major exams were cancelled, due to the impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic. 

For many students, tutors and education leaders it was an uncertain and frustrating time.

The green light to go ahead with exams this year is positive for the education system, some factors have been considered and thought about, in supporting students.

The SQA (Scottish Qualifications Authority) will support learners taking any National 5, Higher, and Advanced Higher courses in 2022. 



Pupils in Scotland will resit formal exams in the upcoming season, but a contingency plan will aid their chances in getting deserved grades. 

The SQA says that exams will indefinitely go ahead, but there is a risk that COVID-19 restrictions could affect this. 

“The Scottish Government will only cancel the exams if public health advice restricts physical gatherings at the time the exams are due to take place.” 

However, the plan ahead will see revision support provided to students, from early March easing students back into exams. 

The contingency will also help teachers and education providers will workload. By providing access just prior to the Easter holidays it will give a clear differentiation between set syllabus’ in college/school and to extra support.

Key Points for SQA’s ‘Scenario 2’

  • Advance Notice of Exam Content 
  • An appeals process for those under ‘exceptional circumstances’
  • Consideration for grade boundaries, around the assessment through COVID-19 
  • A ‘no detriment’ policy, which will prevent grades being lowered if appealed. 

The SQA has a written plan for each course and assessment, showing what adaptations will be made. For example, Maths, English and Sciences in Scotland’s ‘Higher Level’ and ‘Level 5’ exams will have a guide on what content will not be covered in exams. This will help guide students and teachers with what should be focussed on, reducing work load. 

For more practical, or coursework based studies, a study guide may be provided.

Details on specific courses and modification for upcoming exams can be found on SQA’s website. 


Written by: Heather Davey

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