National 5 Latin
The National 5 Latin Course enables learners to develop the language skills of translation and the ability to understand, analyse, evaluate and apply knowledge of language. Learners develop literacy skills through opportunities to listen, talk, read and write in English, and to read in Latin.
Updates and announcements
- October 2016 subject update (161 KB)
- May 2016 subject update (128 KB)
- October 2015 subject update (135 KB)
- August 2015 subject update (National 3 - National 4 - National 5 - Higher) (93 KB)
- May 2015 Subject Update (120 KB)
- January 2015 Subject Update - Advanced Higher (152 KB)
- September 2014 update letter (157 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 exams:
The Literary Appreciation question paper will be increased from 30 to 60 marks. The duration of the exam will therefore also increase. Candidates will still be required to answer questions on two prescribed texts, however we will increase the range of questions for each author to sample more content from the course.
For the Translating exam, the assessment task and duration of the exam will remain unchanged. However, to enhance the reliability of marking, the number of blocks (sense units) will increase from 15 to 20 and the total number of marks available will increase to 40.
Overall, both exams will be weighted equally and each one will contribute to 50% of the course assessment.
Reasons for these changes:
The Literary Appreciation question is being extended to ensure it samples a greater amount of course content, following the removal of units.
The changes to the marking of the Translating question paper will enhance the reliability of the course assessment.
Scaling will be applied to retain the current component weightings.
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 Latin 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.
- Latin: Literary Appreciation Specimen Question Paper National 5
- Latin: Translating Specimen Question Paper National 5
Questions in the National 5 Latin question paper will now be numbered sequentially throughout, as shown in the Specimen Question Paper.
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.