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

SQA recently carried out a scoping exercise to ascertain if the level 5 and level 6 NC Applied Sciences Group Awards were still fit for purpose.

The review consisted of online surveys of delivering centres, universities and present and former learners. In addition, as a follow up to the online surveys, there was telephone contact with delivering centres, universities, employers and training providers.

The key recommendations from the review are summarised below:

  • The structure of the Group Award frameworks should remain broadly similar.
  • Science CfE Units are suitable direct replacements for their predecessors.
  • New bespoke science Units should be written at SCQF level 5, one credit each for biology, chemistry and physics to be included in the level 6 Group Award.
  • A new bespoke mathematics Unit should be written at SCQF level 4 to replace the mandatory Numeracy (H225 74) Unit in the level 5 Group Award.
  • The level of mandatory mathematics for the level 6 Group Award should remain the same – SCQF level 5.
  • The Mathematics for Science (F3T8 11) Unit should be re-written to encompass numerical application in laboratory tasks.
  • A new bespoke mathematics Unit should be written at SCQF level 5, for the level 6 Group Award, to complement the revised Mathematics for Science (F3T8 11) Unit.
  • Component Units from the Intermediate 2 and Higher Biotechnology courses should remain available for the level 5 and level 6 Group Awards.
  • Component Units from the National 5 Skills for Work: Laboratory Science course should be included in the optional sections of the level 5 and level 6 Group Awards.

All of the above key recommendations have now been approved, and work will start later in the year to revise the level 5 and level 6 NC Applied Sciences Group Awards. It is anticipated that the revised Group Awards will be available for delivery from August 2017.

For further information, please contact Kirsty – kirsty.mitchell@sqa.org.uk

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