Advanced Higher Computing Science

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

Specimen Question Papers

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

Course reports

Course Reports

In 2019, a single qualification verification summary report replaced the verification key messages.

Understanding Standards

Examples of candidate evidence with commentaries

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.

Course assessment overview

Changes to understanding standards materials

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



Course Support

The Database design and development exemplification in the course support notes can be used with reference to the following file:

Reference language


Advanced Higher Computing Science project workbook 1 

Advanced Higher Computing Science project workbook 2