National 5 Gàidhlig
The National 5 Gàidhlig Course enables learners to understand, analyse and evaluate texts in the contexts of literature, language, media and culture, and to create and produce texts. Learners develop their knowledge and understanding of Gaelic cultural heritage and the cultural heritage of others.
Updates and announcements
- October 2016 subject update (162 KB)
- May 2016 subject update (National 3 - Advanced Higher) (130 KB)
- October 2015 subject update (136 KB)
- August 2015 subject update (National 5 - Higher) (90 KB)
- May 2015 subject update (121 KB)
- January 2015 Subject Update - Advanced Higher (179 KB)
- Gàidhlig subject update September 2014 (332 KB)
- Special Edition Update June 2014 (152 KB)
- September 2013 update letter
Changes to assessment in the National 5 course from session 2017-18
Following the Deputy First Minister’s announcement that units and unit assessments will be removed from National 5 to Advanced Higher courses, we are strengthening the course assessment to ensure it covers the full content of the course.
The following summary provides a quick look at what is needed to strengthen the course assessment in your National 5 course. These changes will take effect from session 2017-18 onwards. More detailed information will be provided in the revised Course Specifications, which will be available by the end of April 2017.
Changes to coursework:
A new externally assessed writing assignment will be introduced that will be worth 20 marks. This will involve the creation and submission of one piece of writing, which will be marked by SQA and will use assessment approaches similar to those developed in the National 5 'Creation and Production' unit.
There will be no change to the performance: talking component.
The writing assignment will be worth 16.5% of the course assessment and the performance will now be worth 25%.
Changes to exam:
There will be no change to the assessment approach used in the current question papers, however the section of question paper 1, currently called 'Writing' (which assesses both the skills of writing and critical reading) will be renamed 'Reading and Literature'. The current marking instructions which reflect the dual purpose of this section (writing and critical reading) will be rewritten to direct markers to focus on the critical reading aspect only, when making their assessment judgements.
Question paper 1 will be worth 50 marks and will now be worth 42% of the course assessment and question paper 2 will be worth 20 marks and will now be worth 16.5% of the course assessment.
Reasons for these changes:
These changes will ensure that the knowledge and skills developed in the course continue to be assessed following the removal of the units.
The adjustment of the component weightings (% of each component) will enhance the reliability of the course assessment.
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 Gàidhlig 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.
The following document contains the Course Support Notes and the Unit Support Notes for this Course. They can be printed together or separately.
Past Papers and Marking Instructions
Specimen Question Papers and Marking Instructions
These illustrate the standard, structure and requirements of the question papers learners will sit. These also include marking instructions.
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.
Understanding Standards materials
We are publishing examples of candidate evidence with commentaries as part of our Understanding Standards programme. These materials are for teachers and lecturers to help them develop their understanding of the standards required for assessment. As these materials become available, they are being published in the following locations:
- Available from our secure website Materials relating to Unit assessment, internally assessed components of Course assessment, and externally assessed components of Course assessment which are subject to visiting assessment. Teachers and lecturers can arrange access to these materials through their SQA Co-ordinator.
- Available from our Understanding Standards website Materials relating to externally assessed components of Course assessment, with the exception of those subject to visiting assessment.
More information on our Understanding Standards programme, can be found on our Understanding Standards page.