Assessment

Classroom Assessment

All National Courses are made up of Units (areas of study) that are taught throughout the year. For each Unit, learners complete a Unit assessment that is assessed as pass or fail. Further information on how each of the new qualifications are assessed is given below.

National 1, National 2 and National 3

National 1, National 2 and National 3 are assessed through Unit assessments only. The Unit assessments are marked internally by the teacher or lecturer and assessed as pass or fail, and learners need to pass all Units to achieve the qualification.

These qualifications are not graded, but are assessed as pass or fail.

National 4

National 4 Courses are assessed through Unit assessments, including an Added Value Unit assessment that assesses the Course as a whole. The Unit assessments, including the Added Value Unit assessment, are marked internally by the teacher or lecturer and assessed as pass or fail. To achieve a National 4 qualification, learners need to pass all Unit assessments in the Course, including the Added Value Unit assessment.

National 4 is not graded, but is assessed as pass or fail.

National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher

National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher Courses are assessed through Unit assessments and a Course assessment. The Course assessment consists of a question paper (exam) or coursework (assignments, portfolios, practical activities etc), or both. 

Unit assessments are marked internally by the teacher or lecturer and assessed as pass or fail. For the Course assessment, we will externally mark all question papers and the majority of coursework, however; in some subjects, coursework will be marked internally by the school or college as it is in the existing National Courses.

Courses at National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher are graded A to D or ‘No Award’. To achieve the qualification, learners need to pass all Unit assessments plus the Course assessment.