National 5 Practical Electronics

Course Specification

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.

Past Papers and Marking Instructions

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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.

This subject has live assessment briefs which are held on SQA's secure site. Teachers and lecturers can access these and related confidential documents through their SQA co-ordinator.

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

Understanding Standards

Please note: For session 2021-22 there are modifications to this course. Understanding Standards materials should therefore be viewed along with the National Course modification summary available in the Course information 2021-22 section.


Examples of candidate evidence with commentaries

Course assessment overview

  • Overview of course assessment - presentation with audio: Introduction (11 minutes)
  • Overview of course assessment - presentation with audio: Analysis and Design (6 minutes)
  • Updated Aug 21 - Overview of course assessment - presentation with audio: Designing and simulating a solution (9 minutes)
  • Updated Aug 21 - Overview of course assessment - presentation with audio: Constructing the solution (14 minutes)
  • Updated Aug 21 - Overview of course assessment - presentation with audio: Testing the solution (6 minutes)
  • Overview of course assessment - presentation with audio: Reporting on the solution (4 minutes)

The audio presentation in the list above and further examples of candidate evidence and commentaries can be found on SQA's secure website and you can access these through your SQA co-ordinator.

Changes to understanding standards materials

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


Course reports

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.

Course Reports

Verification Reports

There was no verification activity for this subject for Round 1 of verification in 2015, therefore there are no subject-specific Verification Key Messages available at this stage. However, Generic Verification Key Messages are available which may be of interest to you. Subject-specific Verification Key Messages for this subject should be available following completion of Round 2 verification.



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.