Parents and carers

Studying for exams

If your child is sitting exams as part of their National 5, Higher or Advanced Higher Courses:

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.


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. Our Your Coursework page also contains information on the rules your child needs to follow when submitting their coursework.

Other useful resources from SQA

If your child is sitting exams, they may find our timetable and exam apps web page useful. Here, they can access our 'Your Exams' guides, and create their own personal exam timetable and study plan using our handy apps.

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

Changes to National Courses

In September 2016, Scotland's Deputy First Minister, John Swinney, announced that units and unit assessments would be removed from National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher courses - to reduce the volume of assessment for candidates and to ease the workload of teachers and lecturers.

Units were removed from these courses:

Candidates will be assessed through course assessments only.

Visit our NQ changes page for more information.

Internal resources

External resources