Resources for learners studying National Qualifications

This page contains links to helpful resources when preparing for National Qualifications.


Most National courses include coursework as part of the course assessment, and you will start preparing for this as soon as the course begins. There are a few rules to be aware of before you begin your coursework and you will find this information on the Your Coursework.

Studying for exams

If you’re sitting exams check out our useful study resources. These include:

  • Past papers

  • Specimen question papers

  • Exemplar question papers (Higher and Advanced Higher only)

  • Exam Tools including study guides and our useful apps - import your exam timetable and generate a personal study plan.

Browse subjects to download specimen and exemplar question papers for your subjects. Select the level of qualification you are studying for and you will find the question papers in the 'Assessment Support' section.

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More information

Our Frequently Asked Questions page is updated on a regular basis and contains frequently asked questions on National Qualifications.