Draft Course Specifications for National 4 and National 5 have recently been published on the SQA website. Click here to see them. These draft documents give more information about what the new National 4 and National 5 qualifications will look like and highlight the mandatory high-level skills and knowledge to be covered in the Course. The Course Specifications outline the subject skills, knowledge and understanding that a learner will cover in the Course and which will be assessed at the end of the Course. They also outline how it will be assessed, eg a question paper / an assignment. Further detail about the Course will come through later development stages.
Other documents – The Overview of Qualifications Report for Access 1 and Access 2 is now online. The Course Rationales and Summaries for Higher will be published on 31 May 2011.
The SAQ website gives more information about each of these documents and describes the stages each qualification goes through to be developed.