Changes to assessment of National Courses

In September 2016 the Deputy First Minister announced that units and unit assessments would be removed from National 5 to Advanced Higher courses.

Units will be removed on a phased basis over three years:

Strengthening course assessment

Following the removal of units and unit assessments, we are strengthening the course assessments to ensure they assess the full content of the course.

The table gives an overview of the changes to assessment in National 5 courses from session 2017-18 onwards.

Your questions answered

If you have any questions about these changes, you might find the answers in our Q&A document.

We are continuing to update this document based on the enquiries we receive.

Documents and assessment support materials

We have published revised National 5 course specifications, which provide detailed information on the structure of the course and course assessment for every subject. From the end of May until the end of September 2017, we are publishing assessment support materials for courses with new or revised exams / coursework.

The following document provides a list of the assessment support materials that are available now and a list of those still to be published. This includes Understanding Standards / CPD materials.

Support for teachers and lecturers

SQA is committed to addressing workload concerns for teachers, lecturers and candidates and is assessing how the design, operational, and systems requirements will be delivered.

As part of our Understanding Standards programme, we are providing CPD webinars, audio presentations and face-to-face events to help prepare teachers for the changes to assessment.

If you need any further advice about the changes to National Courses, please contact your local Liaison Manager.