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
Updated Course and Unit documents
Following feedback from centres, we have made a number of changes across our Computing Science documents from National 3 to Higher. These are mostly minor changes, which provide further clarity, however some of the changes are more substantial.
Changes to Assessment Standards
A small number of Assessment Standards have been removed from or altered within the Unit Specifications, where aspects of the Assessment Standard have already been covered elsewhere within the Outcome. At National 3, additional changes have been made to Assessment Standards to help clarify the requirements of the Units at that level.
Changes to Outcomes
We have removed Outcome 3 from the Software Development and Design Unit at National 4, National 5 and Higher. You will still be required to deliver the content that was in Outcome 3; however candidates will no longer need to undertake any form of Unit assessment related to it. At National 5 and Higher, the content related to this Outcome is still part of the Course – it will remain part of the Course Assessment Specification and will continue to be assessed in the question papers.
Unit assessment support packs and Coursework assessment tasks
We are currently making minor alterations to these documents to provide further clarity and correct minor errors, and to correspond with the above changes to Outcomes and Assessment Standards.
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.
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 Paper and Marking Instructions
These illustrate the standard, structure and requirements of the question papers learners will sit during the exam diet. They 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
- Instructions for Candidates for National 5 Computing Science (music fans)
Hodder Education have produced sets of additional model papers that include copies of the our Specimen Question Papers, and are available to buy.
The National Parent Forum of Scotland (NPFS) have also produced National 5 Revision in a Nutshell documents to help learners prepare for National 5 exams.
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.