National 5 Computing Science
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.
Updates and announcements
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.
Updated Unit assessment support packs
We have updated the Unit assessment support packs for National 3, National 4 and National 5 Computing Science to include some additional information. This follows verification activities and feedback gathered from teachers and lecturers throughout session 2013-14.
The additional information is intended to further assist teachers and lecturers by providing more detailed guidance on: assessment activities, gathering candidate evidence, making assessment decisions and completing the candidate assessment record. Please note that no changes have been made to the Unit Specifications for these Courses.
The updated Unit assessment support packs are now available and teachers/lecturers can access them through their SQA Co-ordinator. While we would recommend referring to these updated packs, teachers and lecturers are free to use the existing versions and both will be accepted for verification purposes. As with all Unit assessment support packs; the use of these updated packs is not mandatory. Teachers and lecturers may amend them to suit the needs of their candidates or use them as a basis to develop their own Unit assessments.
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.
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.
- Computing Science (Pseudocode specification) Specimen Question Paper National 5
- Computing Science Specimen Question Paper National 5
- Guidance on the use of past paper questions for National 5 Computing Science
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.