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Higher Computing

Higher Computing

This page is for the existing National Qualification Higher Computing Course.

Access information on the new NQ (CfE) Higher Courses.

The Higher qualification in Computing deepens knowledge and understanding of computer concepts and encourages awareness of technological development and progress, factors affecting system performance, and syntax and semantics. Topics of study include data representation, computer structure, peripherals, networking and software.

Learners acquire knowledge and skills in developing software through the use of a high level programming language. The course encourages them to make judgments, assess and compare ideas, and evaluate data.

The Higher Computing Course is at SCQF level 6.

For more information on SCQF levels and how Higher fits in to the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework, visit our SCQF section.

Arrangements Documents

External Assessment Reports

Internal Assessment Reports

Monitoring Standards Reports

Past Papers and Marking Instructions

National Assessment Bank Materials

Electronic National Assessment Bank (eNAB) Materials

Over the summer months, we have been working to make the full range of Computing and Computing Studies NABs at Intermediate 1, Intermediate 2 and Higher levels available online. We are pleased to say that this work is now complete and we can offer these e-NABs to centres wishing to use online summative assessments with students.

These assessments are being delivered through SQA’s e-assessment system – SOLAR (
If you would like your students to benefit from these e-NABs, please contact the e-assessment team on

National Assessment Bank Materials

The following pages detail NAB materials available from SQA.  These packs - for teachers'/lecturers' use only -contain instruments of assessment, marking guidelines and other useful information relating to internal assessment.  To access electronic versions of these documents, please see your centre's SQA Co-ordinator

Course Assessment Packs & Specimen Question Papers

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