Hierarchies in Group Awards – New CfE Units

Hierarchies is the term used to describe National Units designed to form a structured sequence involving two or more SCQF levels. You can identify National Units in hierarchies as the first 4 characters in the Unit codes and the Unit titles are the same.

Some of the new CfE Units are in hierarchies.  The file below details the CfE Units in …

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NC Applied Sciences (levels 5 and 6) / NPA Lab Science (level 6)

Intermediate 1 and Intermediate 2 Chemistry Units are currently part of the following Group Awards:

NC Applied Sciences (SCQF level 5)
NC Applied Sciences (SCQF level 6)
NPA Laboratory Science (SCQF level 6)

Due to the development of new CfE Chemistry Units, at National 4 and National 5, the Intermediate 1 and Intermediate 2 Chemistry Units were due to lapse in July 2016.

However, given that the three Group Awards …

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Understanding Standards Events for Higher Courses

SQA will be hosting a series of events to support practitioners in developing their understanding of the standards required for external assessment of the new Higher Courses, and the application of these standards.

The events will take place from October 2015 to January 2016. 

Further information is available on the following weblink – Understanding Standards Events for Higher Courses

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Scottish Government announce £900K for STEM teachers

A grant to support the development of teachers delivering science and technology subjects has been awarded by the Scottish Government.  For further information, please click on the link below:

Support STEM Teaching

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NQ Science Verification Key Messages – Round 2 (June 2015)

Verification Key Messages from round 2 Verification for Science have now been published on SQA’s website.

Round 2 Science Verification Key Messages – 2015

The Verification Key Messages focus on the National 4 Science Added Value Unit.

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NQ Biology Verification Key Messages – Round 2 (June 2015)

Verification Key Messages from round 2 Verification for Biology have now been published on SQA’s website.

Round 2 Biology Verification Key Messages – 2015

The Verification Key Messages focus on the National 4 Biology Added Value Unit.

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NQ – Principal Verifier Biology Opportunity

SQA are currently recruiting for a Principal Verifier in NQ Biology.

Further details on the requirements of the Principal Verifier role are available in the role profile – PV Role Profile

Further information on the opportunity and the relevant application forms are available in the following weblink – PV Biology Opportunity – via the ‘Quality Assurance – Verification Opportunities’ drop …

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HN Science Launch Event

A launch event for the new HNC/D Applied Sciences, HND Applied Biological Sciences and HND Applied Chemical Sciences recently took place at the Glasgow Science Centre.

Presentations and handouts from the event are now available on the SQA website – HN Science Launch Event

For further information on these new Group Awards please contact Kirsty – kirsty.mitchell@sqa. …

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HN Science Qualification Support Team (QST)

In order to ensure that our qualifications remain fit for purpose, SQA has HN Qualification Support Teams (QSTs).  The HN Science QST acts in an advisory capacity, and it is practitioner driven with a focus on addressing current ‘live’ issues.  The HN Science QST will meet at least once a year.

It is essential that all Colleges with a Science provision are represented on the HN Science QST.  Some members of the HN Science QST may have recently left their College due to College mergers or it may now be the case that the current HN Science QST member may not be the most appropriate representative of the newly formed College.

SQA will shortly be contacting all Colleges with a Science  …

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