National 5 SQA Study Guides from Bright Red

BrightRED Study Guides for National 5 help you develop and apply invaluable knowledge and skills for your SQA exams. National 5 courses are made up of a number of Units and a Course Assessment. The Course Assessment consists of a question paper exam and/or coursework such as assignments, portfolios and practical activities. Our National 5 Study Guides cover each of the mandatory units and also include an extensive Glossary of key terms.

These full-colour books cover all content in an easy-to-learn format and are packed with BrightRED features including Don't Forget text boxes for key points  and Things To Do And Think About questions and exercises. Every National 5 Study Guide is also fully supported with lots of free online links, tests and activities at the award-winning BrightRED Digital Zone.

BrightRED Study Guide


Paul MacBeath

The ONLY Study Guide for the National 5 Engineering Science course. Up-to-date with the latest 2017 SQA course changes.


ISBN: 978-1-906736-69-9, 96pp

This National 5 Study Guide from Bright Red is the ONLY book available for National 5 Engineering Science! The main purpose of this book is to help you improve your chances of success within the National 5 Engineering Science course, and to act as a supplement to your learning in school. Regularly studying this book, and using it to consolidate your learning in the classroom, will go a long way towards success in this course.

The course is broken up into three main units, and each chapter within this book covers the content you need to know and understand. The Study Guide will also feature lots of extra online material, tests and activities on the BrightRED Digital Zone.


  • Engineering Systems
  • Energy
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Analogue Electronics
  • Digital Electronics
  • Programmable Control
  • Assignment
  • Exam

After graduating with a BA (hons) in 3-Dimensional Design and finally figuring out what to do with his life, Paul completed a PGDE and became a Technical Teacher. The Scottish Educational Curriculum was beginning to change when he started teaching, and Paul took this as an opportunity to give the old Technological Studies a complete update, and it was this work that caught people’s attention. This led him to not only write the National 5 Engineering Science Study Guide, but also the Higher one for Bright Red Publishing.

Originally from the small town of Bonnybridge in the Central Belt, this teaching path took him to Aberdeen, and eventually onto Aberdeenshire where he now happily lives with his wife and two boys.