This Course is valid from August 2013.
The National 5 Computing Science Course develops knowledge and understanding of key concepts and processes in computing science, enabling learners to apply skills and knowledge in analysis, design, implementation and evaluation to a range of digital solutions. Learners communicate computing concepts and explain computational behaviour clearly and concisely using appropriate terminology, and develop an understanding of the role and impact of computing science in changing and influencing our environment and society.
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.
Printed copies of this special Curriculum for Excellence update letter will also be provided to centres.
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 Course assessment.
The advice reflects questions selected from 2011 to 2013 past papers.
The document is available under the Specimen question paper heading.
There is now a bank of four Coursework assessment tasks available on SQA's secure site for use in Session 2013/14. To access these documents please speak to your SQA Coordinator.
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.
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.
These provide advice and guidance for teachers/lecturers on learning, teaching and assessment within the Course and its Units.
These illustrate the standard, structure and requirements of the question papers learners will sit. These also include marking instructions.
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.
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.
Some generic common key messages have been identified following the reviews of event verification activity for Rounds 1 and 2. They are available here - www.sqa.org.uk/cfeqa.