HNC/D Business Review

The first meeting of the Qualification Review Team was held on 20th September. The main aim of the meeting was to familiarise the team with the aims of the review aligned with the feedback received from centres, employers and students in the consultation exercise concluded earlier this year – and then agree the first steps in the development. The focus of the first meeting was on actual and possible amendments to units in the HNC (HND year 1) and to…

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National Certificate in Administration – Revision

The scoping exercise for the National Certificate in Administration (G99P 45) is now complete and we are moving forward to plan the required revisions to the award. Through the scoping exercise we have identified minor changes required in the framework and a number of the mandatory units have been highlighted as requiring updating. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Qualifications Design Team (QDT) to help shape the changes and/or are interested in writing/reviewing the revised units please…

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SVQ in Business and Administration

All four SVQs in Business and Administration are due to lapse on 31.05.2020 Level 4 and 5 have been extended for a further two years. Levels 6 and 8 have been extended by 4 years following their lapsing date. GK6W 21 SVQ in Business and Administration at SCQF Level 4 Start date: 27/05/2015 Lapsing date: 31/05/2022 Finish date: 31/05/2024 GK6X 22 SVQ in Business and Administration at SCQF Level 5 Start date: 27/05/2015 Lapsing date: 31/05/2022 Finish date: 31/05/2024 GK6Y 23 SVQ…

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HN Business Review

A limited review of HNC and HND Business will commence in September. The review will be informed by the consultation carried out in late 2018, and the recent annual surveys. The scope of the review will include the following aims: Update subject content Increase flexibility of assessment Improve flexibility of the qualification structure This will involve the development of new units, revision of some existing units and potentially a reduction in the mandatory content of one or both Group Awards.…

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UK Payment Systems Regulator – Confirmation of Payee

To safeguard banking customers from some scams, the UK’s Payment Systems Regulator (PSR) is demanding that Lloyds, RBS Natwest, Barclays, HSBC, Nationwide and Santander have the capaibility to notify the sending bank if a payment is unmatched. Full details can be found at Payment Systems Regulator

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UK-based Financial and Related Professional Services

Edinburgh and Glasgow account for 60% of all financial services jobs in Scotland.  Approximately 49,600 individuals are employed in Edinburgh and 39,000 in Glasgow. Key facts about UK-based financial and related professional services can be found at thecityuk.  

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SVQ Business and Admin Network Events

This year’s SVQ Business and Admin Network Events took place on Wednesday, 22nd May at the Radission Blu hotel in Edinburgh and Thursday, 30th May at Celtic Park. The events were both well attended with 37 delegates at the Edinburgh event and 60 for Glasgow. We may have to consider having a large event next year. Thank you to those who attended and supported the event. Tony gave an SQA update stating that SCQF 5 (level 2) is the highest…

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NPA Enterprise and Employability

NPA Enterprise and Employability was developed in 2009 and is now due to review. Last week Tony and I had a meeting with the Lead Consultant to discuss the next steps for the review. A Scoping exercise will be carried out over the summer on potential changes to the structure and provision in the Enterprise and Employability space over SCQF levels 3 to 6. The lead Consultant will be gathering evidence and recommendations which will be supported from consultation with…

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Digital Technologies in Business Unit

As previously mentioned we are at the early stages of the development process for the new digital HN unit provisionally titled ‘Digital Technologies in Business’. We have now selected a writer who will work in conjunction with Tony and I. The idea around this unit is to equip learners with knowledge and skills on the influence of technology on organisations and the opportunities it provides. The aim of this unit is to be very practical orientated. Many companies face formidable…

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