Parents and carers


Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak we have had to make some changes to our services. We know this will be an unsettling period for you and the children in your care.

For guidance, resources and answers to common questions, please see:

Studying for exams

If your child is sitting exams as part of their National 5, Higher or Advanced Higher Courses, they may find the following resources useful when revising:

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.

Preparing for coursework

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 assessment in National Courses

In September 2016, Scotland’s Deputy First Minister 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 are being removed from these courses on a phased basis, over three years:

From these dates onwards, candidates will be assessed through course assessments only.

Visit our NQ changes page for more information.

Internal Resources

External resources