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SQA News 20 May 2021

National 5 and Higher Art and Design: question papers

We have received queries on how to calculate National 5 and Higher Art and Design provisional results, to take account of the modifications made to the question papers. We have provided information below which explains how centres should do this.

There has been no change to the component weightings for National 5 and Higher Art and Design for session 2020-21. The National 5 question paper remains at 20%, and Higher at 23% of the total course award.

However, as candidates were only required to respond to either the Expressive Art Studies or Design Studies section of the question paper, the marks available were reduced from 50 to 25 for National 5, and 60 to 30 for Higher.

To maintain the original weightings, you should scale the candidate marks by doubling the mark that you award for the question paper.

For example, if a candidate achieves 15 marks out of 25 for the National 5 question paper, the scaled mark would be a total of 30 marks out of 50. If a candidate achieves 20 marks out of 30 for the Higher question paper, the scaled mark would be a total of 40 marks out of 60. In each case, you will be doubling the mark achieved to keep the weighting the same.

The question paper mark will then be added to the portfolio marks giving a total out of 250 for National 5, and 260 for Higher.