National 5 Accounting
National 5 to Advanced Higher Course information for 2020-21
National 5 Accounting assessment 2020-21
There will be no external assessment for National 5 courses in session 2020-21. Candidates will not be required to sit external exams and SQA will not assess coursework. Instead, we are working with stakeholders to develop an alternative certification model for National 5 that is based on teacher and lecturer estimates. Subject-specific guidance on the key pieces of evidence to support estimates will be issued on a rolling basis from the end of October.
The assignment has been removed and the following topic areas of content would not have been directly assessed in the 2021 National 5 Accounting question paper:
- Preparing ledger accounts
- Break even
- Job costing
These were the 2020 National 5 Accounting assignment topics, you should refer to the 2020 assignment and marking instructions for details on the content that does not need to be assessed in 2020-21.
Alternative certification model
The alternative certification model is how National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher courses will be resulted this year, following the cancellation of the 2021 exams. It involves five different stages.
View the alternative certification model and see what will happen at each stage.
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.
- N5 Accounting Course Specification
Gathering evidence (Nov 2020)
Past Papers and Marking Instructions
Assignment tasks are assessment materials that have been used in previous years. They can be used to help candidates prepare for the assignment Component.
Specimen Question Papers
These illustrate the standard, structure and requirements of the question papers learners will sit. These also include marking instructions.
This section provides information on marking instructions and/or the coursework assessment task(s). It includes information that centres need to administer coursework and must be read in conjunction with the course specification.
- Specimen coursework assessment task for National 5 Accounting
- Specimen coursework assessment task for National 5 Accounting (e-file)
- Guidance on conditions of assessment
Information on the production and submission of SQA-assessed coursework for National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher.
- Coursework for External Assessment (261 KB)
Additional resources session 2020-21
- Adapted exemplar question paper
- Adapted exemplar marking instructions
- Adapted exemplar workbook
- Advice for producing assessments
These materials can be found on SQA's secure website, you can access these through your SQA co-ordinator.
Please note: For session 2020-21 there will be no external assessment for this course. However, the materials detailed below remain a useful illustration of the standards required. These should be viewed along with the National 5 to Advanced Higher Course information for 2020-21.
Examples of candidate evidence with commentaries
Course assessment overview
Changes to understanding standards materials
Please note: Understanding Standards materials are regularly reviewed to ensure they remain up to date.
These reports provide information on the performance of candidates which it is hoped will be useful to teachers, lecturers and assessors in their preparation of candidates for future assessment.
Additional CPD support
Where any particular areas of concern are identified, which are not addressed by our Understanding Standards events or support materials, we will offer free continuing professional development (CPD) training, subject to request. CPD support is subject-specific and can be tailored to cover one or more qualification level. To find out more about this service visit our CPD page.