Resources for Parents and Carers - National Qualifications

Studying for exams

Is your child sitting exams as part of their National 5, Higher or Advanced Higher course? Here are some useful resources:

Specimen and Exemplar Question Papers are available from the Assessment Support section of the relevant subject pages. Simply select your chosen subject from the menu, then select the level.

Preparing for coursework

Our subject pages contain Coursework information, for Courses that include coursework as part of the final Course assessment. These documents give an overview of the task(s) your child will be asked to complete. Your Coursework also has information on the rules your child needs to follow when submitting their coursework.

Other resources from SQA

If your child is sitting exams, visit Exam Tools. They can access ‘Your Exams’ guides, and create their personal exam timetable and study plan using our handy apps.

Your child can also register for MySQA and receive their results by text/e-mail on Results Day.

Feature: Changes for a brighter future

Below is a double page spread  (412 KB) on the new National Qualifications which was featured in the Daily Record's Saturday magazine. The feature included information on National 4, the new Higher and study tips from SQA Sam. 

Feature: answers on the new National Qualifications

SQA expert and mum Dr Gill Stewart explains the benefits of major changes to education in this Daily Record article.

News Spread

How will the new qualifications prepare my child for the workplace?

The new qualifications have a greater focus on developing skills. Your child will develop practical skills like data collection, literacy, numeracy and team working; Core Skills like communication, ICT and problem solving; and Skills for Learning, Life and Work such as employability, independent thinking, and enterprise and citizenship.

The new qualifications are designed to make sure that learners not only develop these skills, but transfer them to real-life settings out with the classroom, including the workplace. This is encouraged through changes to learning, teaching and assessment; with more assessment through things like practical activities, performances and research projects etc.

Are universities including the new qualifications in their entry requirements?


Scottish universities have published policies which outline their position regarding CfE and the new National Qualifications.

Rest of the UK

Universities Scotland has published a paper aimed at universities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland regarding CfE reforms in Scottish school education. This paper will be useful for universities across the rest of the UK who receive applications from young people in Scotland. It will help them to understand these changes and what the implications may be for their admissions policies.

Download leaflet

CfE Parent Carers Guide 2014

Download this handy guide for parents and carers (426 KB) to the new National Qualifications.

You can also view our guides for schools, learners, colleges, universities and employers.