National 5 Geography
This Course is valid from August 2013.
The National 5 Geography Course develops a range of geographical skills and techniques. Learners gain a detailed understanding of the ways in which people and the environment interact in response to physical and human processes at local, national, international and global scales.
Updates and announcements
Printed copies of this special Curriculum for Excellence update letter will also be provided to centres.
Guidance on the use of past paper questions
We have produced a support document to help teachers and lecturers identify suitable past paper questions/items that could be used, or amended, to support learners in their preparation for sitting question papers as part of the National 5 and Higher Course assessment.
The advice reflects questions selected from 2011 to 2013 past papers.
The documents are available under the Specimen question paper heading.
National 5 Geography Specimen Question Paper
An extract of the Ordnance Survey Landranger map of the Dingwall area is now available to accompany the Specimen Question Paper.
Course Assessment Specifications, Assessment Tasks and assignments updates
Some Geography Course Assessment Specifications, Assessment Tasks and assignments have been updated in August 2014.
The intention of these updates is to provide teachers and lecturers with further information and clarification based on feedback we have received. The amendments are minor, and intended to provide clarification. All amendments and additional content have been carefully managed to minimise disruption. A detailed list of the changes is available on the notification of changes spreadsheet.
Qualification content and delivery tools
The documents on this page are for teachers and lecturers.
Learners studying this qualification may also find the documents useful.
The 'Related information' panel on this page contains information that applies to all new National Qualifications in this subject.
This explains the overall structure of the Course, including its purpose and aims and information on the skills, knowledge and understanding that will be developed.
Course Assessment Specification
This explains the structure of the Course assessment; including the type and method of assessment. It also includes information on Course coverage.
- N5 Geography Course Assessment Specification
These provide an outline of what each Unit will cover within the Course and detail the Outcomes and Assessment Standards.
Advice and guidance
Course and Unit Support Notes
These provide advice and guidance for teachers/lecturers on learning, teaching and assessment within the Course and its Units.
Past Papers and Marking Instructions
Specimen Question Paper and Marking Instructions
These illustrate the standard, structure and requirements of the question papers learners will sit from session 2013-14. These also include marking instructions.
- Geography Specimen Question Paper National 5
- Geography Specimen Question Paper National 5 OS Map Item A Dingwall Area
- Geography Specimen Question Paper National 5 OS Map Item B Coventry
- Guidance on the use of past paper questions for National 5 Geography
- Geography Specimen Question Paper National 5 (Gaelic Medium)
Hodder Education have produced sets of additional model papers. These include copies of the SQA specimen question papers and are available to buy now.
National Parent Forum Scotland have also produced their Revision in a Nutshell series to help learners to prepare for new National 5 examinations.
General assessment information provides instructions for the conduct of coursework, an overview of the assessment task, evidence to be gathered and general marking instructions.
Coursework assessment tasks provide the live assessment task, including marking instructions and instructions for candidates. Teachers/lecturers can access these confidential documents through their SQA Co-ordinator.
Unit Assessment Support
These documents contain details of Unit assessment task(s), show approaches to gathering evidence and how the evidence can be judged against the Outcomes and Assessment Standards. Teachers/lecturers can arrange access to these confidential documents through their SQA Co-ordinator.