National 5 Administration and IT
The National 5 Administration and IT Course develops learners’ administrative, organisational and IT skills. Learners develop an understanding of administration in the workplace and the key legislation affecting employees; enabling them to contribute to the effective functioning of organisations through administrative positions.
Updates and announcements
Reminder of threshold for assessment standards in units for session 2016-17
Please remember that, as previously detailed in the Administration and IT Review Report, we have applied a threshold to the judgement of assessment standards in National 5 Administration and IT units for session 2016-17. The thresholds are as follows:
- IT Solutions for Administrators — 8 out of 10 assessment standards.
- Communication in Administration — 5 out of 6 assessment standards.
- Administrative Practices — 6 out of 7 assessment standards.
If a candidate successfully meets the specified number of assessment standards they will be judged to have passed the unit overall and no further re-assessment will be required.
Please note that the above thresholds have been put in place to reduce the volume of re-assessment, where required. Candidates should still be given the opportunity to meet all of the assessment standards for each unit, particularly in preparation for course assessment.
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:
The assignment will remain an integrated exercise. It will be similar to the current assignment but will no longer include spreadsheet and database tasks. To reflect this, the number of available marks for the assignment will reduce from 100 marks to 70 marks and the time for completing the assignment tasks will reduce from 4 hours to 3 hours.
The assignment will be worth 58% of the course assessment.
New exam component:
A new question paper will be introduced that combines spreadsheet, database and theory tasks. It will take place during the examination diet and candidates will complete all tasks in the question paper using ICT equipment. The exam will be worth 50 marks and will last 2 hours.
The exam will be worth 42% of the course assessment.
Reasons for these changes:
The adjustments to the existing assignment, and the introduction of a new practical-based question paper, will add breadth to the course assessment in a way that is manageable for candidates. This approach will allow a greater amount of knowledge and skills to be sampled from across the course, following the removal of units.
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.
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
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.
Information on the production and submission of SQA-assessed coursework for National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher.
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.
Verification and Course Reports
There was no Round 2 verification activity at this level in 2016.
- Admin and IT Verification Key Messages
- 2014 National 5 Administration and IT Course Report
- 2015 National 5 Administration and IT Course Report
- Admin and IT Verification Key Messages
- 2016 National 5 Administration and IT Course Report
- Administration and IT Verification Key Messages