N5 Computing Science

Course Overview

The National 5 Computing Science course builds on the work done in S3 Computing Science. As well as engaging pupils in problem-solving activities and providing them with a wide range of practical IT experiences, it also provides opportunities to enhance their literacy and numeracy skills. 

Course Content

The course consists of two units - Information Systems Design and Development and Software Design and Development.  


Teacher-led discussion and cooperative group work are used to give pupils the opportunity to demonstrate and improve their knowledge, understanding and practical skills throughout the course.


Information Systems Design and Development has two outcomes which are assessed at appropriate times during the course.  The first outcome involves developing and coding an information system using appropriate development tools.  The second outcome is a written report which considers the factors involved in the design and implementation of an information system, its legal implications and its environmental impact.

Software Design and Development also has two outcomes which are assessed at appropriate times.  The first outcome is a written test designed to allow the pupils to draw on their understanding of  concepts in software development and basic computer architecture by explaining how programs work and how they relate to low level operations and strucures.  The second outcome involves developing and testing programs featuring a wide range of data types and constructs.  

In addition to the unit assessments, pupils also undertake a coursework assignment that encompasses elements of both Information Systems Design and Development and Software Design and Development.  This generally takes place after the prelims in February and is worth 40% of the pupil's final mark.  

The remaining 60% is achievable in the final external SQA exam.  In order to fully prepare pupils for success in the exam, they will undertake additional end-of-topic tests to re-inforce their knowledge and understanding of the concepts.  


Homework is set when appropriate to support and consolidate classroom experiences. Some homework assignments will require pupils to carry out research in their own time.

Recording and Reporting

The unit assessment outcomes and end-of-topic tests form the basis for the information in the pupil tracking reports issued to parents in September, November, February and March while the S4 parents night in late November provides an opportunity to discuss successes and/or concerns.

Mrs Summers

Wednesday 22nd & Thursday 23rd February 


Thursday 9th February

Web Development Test to be completed.

Thursday 26th January

Databases & Legal Implications -  past paper questions (42 marks) to be completed.

Wed 18th January

Databases & Programming - ensure corrections/omissions are completed.

Mon/Tues 15th December

Databases & Programming - past paper questions (40 marks) to be completed.

Mon/Tues 21st November

Databases - Task 6: complete questions 1-6.

Thursday 10th November

Databases - Task 3: ensure the tables for Examples 1 and 2 are completed.

Friday 23rd September

Complete Binary Number Conversion sheet.


Revision Materials

Perfect Papers

 2015A,2016A , 2016B

P&N Papers

2014, 2016

Study Timetables

Lots of different styles can be found here.  

Good luck on the 16th!  Please note, due to the Bletchley Park trip, Mrs Summers will not be in school on Monday 15th.