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Your guide to taking an SQA National 5 or Higher Qualification with Saturday School

Do you need a National 5 or Higher SQA Qualification?


Perhaps you are based outside of Scotland and are considering the IGCSE or A Level? Well, the first thing to point out is that anyone, anywhere in the UK – and beyond, can complete an online qualification course in Maths, English and other popular subjects with us. We may be known as Saturday School Scotland, but our courses don’t just run on Saturdays and we work with students all over the UK and Europe.


This guide has been put together to show you the options available to gaining a qualification with us to allow you to progress your schoolwork, career, and gain entry to work, college or university.

So whether you are a high school pupil, a young person who is home educated, or an adult looking to gain a new qualification, Saturday School can help you.


What are SQA National 5 and Higher Qualifications?


These qualifications are typically taken by school and college students in Scotland and are the qualifications that allow students to access and progress into work, college and university. They are not just applicable to people in Scotland however, and SQA qualifications are recognised all over the world by employers and universities. National 5 and Higher Qualifications are closely comparable to GCSEs and A Levels and are a perfect alternative and equivalent award. National 5 and Higher qualifications sit on the Scottish Credit Qualifications (SCQF) Framework at levels 5 and 6 respectively and this allows them to be compared to qualifications in the rest of the UK and beyond. This useful table also helps students see the benefit of taking an SQA Qualification with us compared to other awards, for example, look at how a Scottish Higher sits beside NVQ Level 3 and A Level. See also our blog on Scottish Highers v A Levels.


So what qualification options are there?


Full National 5 or Higher Qualification with Online Teaching and Final Exam:

The title says it all. Students anywhere in the world can study a full course online with us, with live online lessons, tutorials, teaching and the all-important final exam all included in the course cost – typically £550. It goes without saying – but we’ll say it anyway, we are an SQA Approved Centre and all of our staff are real, fully qualified teachers, registered wi