23-2024 Series Updates

23-2024 Series (Arrangements) Updates

Arrangements for 2024 exams remain to be fully finalised, but the March/May (2023) announcements stated that many are expected to return to full assessment arrangements, with the exception of those subjects where modifications have had a positive impact on course delivery (including Computing Science, Applications of Mathematics, Mathematics (with the exception of AH). Please see individual subject information below for exam arrangements for the 2024 diet, we will update these as information is available.

PN 2023_24 All Prelims Order Form (Prelims publishing October 2023, valid for 2023/2024)

English (codes 23/01, 23/02, 23/03 and 23B/ENG)

No planned changes to exam papers. Modifications to other aspects of the course as per 22/23 (see course information on SQA’s website for 23-24).

Drama (codes 23/04, 23/05 and 23B/DRA)

No planned changes to exam papers. The small modifications to arrangements for question papers in Higher are as per 22-23 – two-year rule removed for section 3: performance analysis. (See course information on SQA’s website for 23-24).

Modern Languages – French, German, and Spanish (codes 23/06 and 23/07, codes 23/08 and 23/09, codes 23/10 and 23/11)

No planned changes to exam papers. (See course information on SQA’s website for 23-24).

Mathematics (codes 23/12 to 23/15)

TBC. Last full update to changes confirmed May 2023 changes to exam question papers detailed below. 

National 5 Mathematics (code 23/12)

Modifications to assessment length and marks are being kept (apart from topic deletions). The marks and durations are: Question paper 1: 40 marks, 1 hour; Question paper 2: 50 marks, 1 hour and 30 minutes

National 5 Applications of Mathematics (code 23/13)

Modifications to assessment length and marks are being kept (apart from topic deletions). The marks and durations are: Question paper 1: 35 marks, 50 minutes; Question paper 2: 55 marks, 1 hour and 40 minutes.

Higher Mathematics (code 23/14)

Modifications to assessment length and marks are being kept (apart from topic deletions).  The marks and durations are: Question paper 1: 55 marks, 1 hour and 15 minutes; Question paper 2: 65 marks, 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Advanced Higher Mathematics (code 23/15)

Return to full assessment arrangements. Question paper 1: 35 marks, 1 hour; Question paper 2: 80 marks, 2 hours 30 minutes.

Geography (codes 23/16 and 23/17)

Return to full assessment arrangements. (See course information on SQA’s website for 23-24).

National 5 Geography (code 23/16)

Question paper: 80 marks with a duration of 2 hours and 20 minutes.

Higher Geography (code 23/17)

Question paper 1: 100 marks with a duration of 1 hour and 50 minutes.

Question paper 2: 60 marks with a duration of 1 hour and 10 minutes.

History (codes 23/18 and 23/19)

Return to full assessment arrangements. (See course information on SQA’s website for 23-24).

National 5 History (code 23/18)

Return to full assessment arrangements. (See course information on SQA’s website for 23-24).

Higher History (code 23/19)

Return to full assessment arrangements. (See course information on SQA’s website for 23-24).

Modern Studies (codes 23/20 and 23/21)

Return to full assessment arrangements. (See course information on SQA’s website for 23-24).

National 5 Modern Studies (code 23/20)

Return to full assessment arrangements. (See course information on SQA’s website for 23-24).

Higher Modern Studies (code 23/21)

Return to full assessment arrangements. (See course information on SQA’s website for 23-24).

Physics (codes 23/22, 23/23 and 23/24 and 23BPHY)

Return to full assessment arrangements. (See course information on SQA’s website for 23-24).

Higher Chemistry (code 23/25)

Return to full assessment arrangements. (See course information on SQA’s website for 23-24).

Computing Science (codes 23/26 and 23/27 and 23B/COM)

Confirmed 28/4/23 modifications will continue in 2023/2024 as there was a positive impact on course delivery. Question papers: 80 marks. Section 1 will cover mandatory SDD and CS units. Section 2/3 will offer a choice between Database Design and Development (DDD) and Web Design and Development (WDD). Modifications to other assignments as per 22/23 (see course information on SQA’s website for 23-24).