New HN Science Assessment Support Packs (ASPs)

New HN Science Assessment Support Packs (ASPs) have recently been published.  These ASPs have been developed to support the delivery of the new HN Science Units.

The following HN Science ASPs have now been published on SQA’s Secure Website – www.sqa.org.uk/sqasecure

     Animal and Plant Cell Culture: An Introduction (H920 34)
     Applied Biochemical Techniques (H91T 34)
     Biochemistry: Theory and Laboratory Skills (H922 34)
     Biology: An Introduction (H923 33)
     Biotechnology: An Introduction (H926 34)
     DNA and Genetics (H929 34)
     DNA Molecular Techniques (H92A 35)
     Human Body Structure and Function (H92C 35)
     Human Metabolism (H92D 35)
     Inorganic Chemistry: Theory and Laboratory Skills (H92Y 34)
     Instrumental Techniques 1 (H930 35)
     Microbiology: Theory and Laboratory Skills (H92G 34)
     Physics 1 (H93D 33)
     Physics 2 (H93E 34)
     Protein Structure and Function (H92J 35)
     Thermodynamics and Kinetics: Theory and Laboratory Skills (H938 35)

To access the ASPs on SQA’s Secure Website, please contact your SQA Co-ordinator.

Additional HN Science ASPs are being developed …

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National 5 and Higher Assignment Marking Instructions

The National 5 and Higher Biology, and Higher Human Biology Assignment Marking Instructions were updated during main diet 2015 to provide further clarity to assist Markers. The National 5 and Higher Biology, and Higher Human Biology Coursework Assessment Task (CAT) and General Assessment Information (GAI) documents have been updated to reflect these updates, and they have also been updated to clarify assessment conditions.

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Applied Sciences: Graded Unit 1 (H91W 34)

We have recently published an Understanding Standards document to assist lecturers delivering the new Applied Sciences: Graded Unit 1 (H91W 34).

The Understanding Standards document gives lecturers the opportunity to more fully understand the standards of assessment as they are applied to the new Applied Sciences: Graded Unit 1, and to consider the principles which underlie the marking of this new Graded …

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Advanced Higher Biology Project – New SSERC publication

SSERC have recently published an Advanced Higher Biology guide for students and teachers/lecturers.

The guide is designed to help students plan and carry out an investigation for the Advanced Higher Biology Project.

To access the guide please click on the following weblink – Project Investigations – A guide for students and their teachers

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NPA and PDA Laboratory Science

We are seeking to recruit a current or retired practitioner to undertake a scoping exercise of the NPA and PDA Laboratory Science Group Awards. You can find details of the project and an expression of interest form at the following weblinks:

NPA Laboratory Science

PDA Laboratory Science

For further information, please contact Jonathan – Jonathan.Gillies@sqa.org.uk

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Reminder – NC Applied Sciences – Scoping Exercise Surveys (SCQF levels 5 and 6)

We are currently seeking feedback from lecturers and learners with knowledge and experience of the level 5 and level 6 NC Applied Sciences Group Awards. The information gathered will help to inform if any changes are required to the NC Applied Sciences Group Awards.
We have created separate surveys and would be grateful if you could take a few minutes to complete …

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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 the new Higher Courses, and the application of these standards. The Higher Biology and Higher Human Biology events will take place in November 2015.

For further information and to book a place, please click on the following weblink – Understanding Standards …

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HN Science – New Databooks

HN databooks have recently been published to support the delivery of the new HNC/D Applied Sciences, HND Applied Biological Sciences, HND Applied Chemical Sciences and HND Industrial Biotechnology Group Awards.

Databooks are available for HN Chemistry and HN Physics.  To access the HN databooks, please click on the relevant weblink:

Chemistry

Physics

For further information, please contact Kirsty – …

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Become a member of our National Qualification Support Teams

National Qualification Support Teams (NQSTs) are subject-specific stakeholder consultation groups that provide us with feedback on the internal and external assessment of National Qualifications.

These groups communicate through secure online discussion forums and an annual meeting.

NQSTs were launched in 2014 and we are looking to increase their membership with teachers and lecturers who wish to engage with us on the National Qualifications.

For more information and to apply to join one of these teams, please click on the following weblink – …

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HN Science – New HN Unit Specifications Published

New HN Science Unit specifications at SCQF levels 6, 7 and 8 have recently been published, and they can be accessed via our HN Unit search facility.  Click on the following weblink to access an HN Unit specification – HN Unit Search

Unit Codes for all of the new HN Unit specifications are detailed in the relevant framework.  Click on the weblinks below  …

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