National 5 Sociology

Course Specification

Explains the structure of the course, including its purpose and aims and information on the skills, knowledge and understanding that will be developed.

Past Papers and Marking Instructions

Access all past papers by subject/level

Additional question papers resources

Illustrates the standard, structure and requirements of the question papers candidates will sit (includes marking instructions).


Coursework (19/10/2022)

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.

Information on the production and submission of SQA-assessed coursework for National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher.

Understanding Standards (27/11/2023)

Examples of candidate evidence with commentaries

Audio Presentation

Changes to Understanding Standards materials

Please note: Understanding Standards materials are regularly reviewed to ensure they remain up to date.

Course reports (09/10/2023)

Provides information on the performance of candidates - which is useful to teachers, lecturers and assessors in their preparation of candidates for future assessment.

Course Reports

Verification Reports

Course support (07/02/2024)

These course support notes are designed to assist teachers and lecturers when delivering National 5 Sociology and should be used in conjunction with the course specification and other guidance. The teaching guide, which accompanies the notes, augments the slides and should be read alongside them. These notes are not intended as a comprehensive course but should provide a basis for anyone delivering sociology, especially for the first time. The notes may be adapted as required and additional exemplification and contextualisation should be added.

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