The Course assessment measures retention, integration and application of skills, knowledge and understanding as appropriate.
Grades are awarded on the basis of the Course assessment only.
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.
In some cases, for example due to timetabling decisions or size of provider, a learner may not have the opportunity to take Advanced Highers at their school or college.
Advanced Highers are made up of National Units totalling 24 SCQF credit points (240 notional learning hours), usually including three Units each worth 8 SCQF credit points.
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.
However, smaller and larger Units make up some Advanced Highers, depending on fitness for purpose.
An additional eight SCQF credit points (80 notional learning hours) are achieved through the added value provided in the course award, which is the externally assessed component(s) from which the grade is wholly derived.