NPA Cyber Security Support Materials – Now available

After a final revision of the materials, I am pleased to advise that the Learning and Teaching materials for the NPAs in Cyber Security are now available via the SQA Secure site. This project has taken, roughly, a year, during which we have been able to work with a committed and knowledgeable development team, who have gone above and beyond to ensure the good quality of the materials produced. The materials comprise:

  • Educator’s Guide
  • Learner’s Notes
  • Worksheets
  • Practical tasks
  • Formative assessments
  • Glossary
  • YouTube channel

As many of you may be aware, the materials were officially launched last June. The launch event was held at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and was well attended by school teachers and college lecturers. The event gave educators an overview of the Scottish Government’s Cyber Resiliency strategy, as well as background information on the project. However, the purpose of the event, most importantly, was to allow delegates to have a first glimpse of the materials and provide feedback on these. The feedback was incredibly valuable and was taken into account when carrying out the final revision.

In addition to the above, the materials were piloted throughout April and May 2018. A good number of centres (20) from across Scotland took part in the pilot. Pilot centres had the opportunity to use the draft materials for a period of six weeks. Where possible, the materials were used in the classroom with real learners. On completion of the pilot, centres provided feedback to us via a ‘Feedback Survey’, which revealed overall satisfaction with the materials.

Consequently, we are cautiously optimistic that these materials will be a good source of learning and teaching materials and will aid centres in the delivery of the NPAs in Cyber Security. We are aware that more could always be done, and this may be a possibility in the near future, but, as a starting point for centres that have never delivered these awards, they will prove to be an excellent resource.

For further information about these awards, please take a look at the subject page, where you will find all relevant information related to the awards and be able to access the Group Award Specification. Should you have any further queries, please take a look at the FAQ for this qualification or contact the team.


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