Biology/Human Biology – Available Support (updated May 2016)

To support teachers and lecturers, we have produced a detailed list of all of the SQA Biology/Human Biology resources that are available. The PDF document provides hyperlinks that will take you directly to the various resources. The PDF document has been updated to included resources that were published in May 2016.

To access the PDF document, please click on the …

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NQ Research

SQA recently carried out initial evaluations of the new National Qualifications. Here is the Executive Summary of our findings.

Executive summary of SQA initial evaluation of new National Courses 
Research and Evidence Report: Internal Unit Assessment in National Courses
This Report looked at the policy and guidance documents that shaped the new Courses, internal SQA discussions, National Qualifications Support Teams focus groups, an online SQA teacher survey, surveys undertaken by other stakeholders, and the approach taken to Unit and Course assessment.

Internal Unit Assessment in National Courses Report 
Fieldwork visits
The visits to over 40 schools (local authority, independent and special) evaluated the first phase of implementation of the new Courses. The visits included separate …

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Subject Update – May 2016 (Biology, Human Biology and Science)

A subject update for Biology, Human Biology and Science has recently been published.

To access the subject update, please click on the following weblink – Subject Update May 2016

For further information, please contact Paula – paula.greenwood@sqa.org.uk

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Subject Report – Science (NQ)

The development and implementation of the whole suite of National Qualifications has been a huge programme of work dating from 2010 and included many stakeholders. As part of the review and evaluation of this programme, SQA has been engaging with teachers and lecturers on an ongoing basis, as well as gathering intelligence from the awarding and verification process. As a result of this work, SQA has created subject reports to give teachers and lecturers an insight into our planned incremental changes and further areas of investigation for each subject.

The report which identifies the key issues and an associated action plan for Science has been published on the corresponding subject page …

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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 Biology (H921 35)
Physics: Light and Optics (H93J 35)
Plant Biology (H92H 35)

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

Additional HN Science ASPs are being developed and they will be published in …

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Subject Reports – Biology and Human Biology (NQ)

The development and implementation of the whole suite of National Qualifications has been a huge programme of work dating from 2010 and included many stakeholders. As part of the review and evaluation of this programme, SQA has been engaging with teachers and lecturers on an ongoing basis, as well as gathering intelligence from the awarding and verification process. As a result of this work, SQA has created subject reports to give teachers and lecturers an insight into our planned incremental changes and further areas of investigation for each subject.

The reports which identify the key issues and an associated action plan for Biology and Human Biology have been published on the corresponding subject pages …

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NQ Research

SQA recently carried out initial evaluations of the new National Qualifications.

Research and Evidence Report: Internal Unit Assessment in National Courses

This Report looked at the policy and guidance documents that shaped the new Courses, internal SQA discussions, National Qualifications Support Teams focus groups, an online SQA teacher survey, surveys undertaken by other stakeholders, and the approach taken to Unit and Course assessment.

Fieldwork visits

The visits to over 40 schools (local authority, independent and special) evaluated the first phase of implementation of the new Courses. The visits included separate focus groups of S5 and S6 pupils, teachers and senior managers.

These two pieces of research will be published on the SQA website soon.

What does this mean for teachers and lecturers?

View NQ Next Steps – Guide to what this means for teachers …

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Become an Assessor for the Science Council

The Science Council is looking for new assessors. If you’re passionate about advancing the science profession, why not apply?

To find out more or to apply, please click on the weblink below:

Science Council Assessor

 

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