Changes to assessment of National Courses

Revised documents for National 5

For every National 5 subject, we are merging the existing course documents into one course specification, resulting in quicker and easier access to essential course information.

The revised course specifications will be published on our National 5 subject pages between 28 April and 5 May 2017.

View sample contents page (57 KB)




Statement from the Scottish Government, March 2017

The Scottish Government has published a policy statement on the changes to National Qualifications, which has been agreed by the Assessment and National Qualifications (ANQ) group. The statement includes clarification on Recognising Positive Achievement.

Read the Scottish Government's policy statement.

Removal of units from National 5 to Advanced Higher courses

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

Following the removal of the units, we will strengthen the course assessments to ensure they assess the full content of the course.

When will the units be removed?

What changes are being made to National 5 course assessments?

Our National Qualification Support Teams have carefully considered what removal of the unit assessments means within each subject.

Overview of the changes to assessment in National 5 courses (25 KB)

Information for teachers on the changes to National 5 course assessments is available from our NQ subject pages.

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.

Need further support?

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

If you need any assistance on how to implement the changes to National courses please contact your local Liaison Manager.

NQ Research

We carried out extensive research and evaluation of the new National Qualifications that included exploring the policy guidance documentation and fieldwork with visits to over 40 schools.

Read the NQ research